Short video on origins of Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi

From TED Ed: "What do Game of Thrones’ Dothraki, Avatar’s Na’vi, Star Trek’s Klingon and LOTR’s Elvish have in common? They are all fantasy constructed languages, or conlangs. Conlangs have all the delicious complexities of real languages: a high volume of words, grammar rules, and room for messiness and evolution. John McWhorter explains why these invented languages captivate fans long past the rolling credits."

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  1. Sola lingua bona est lingua mortua.

  2. Conlang definition 2: Languages likely to be heard at a con.

  3. The Esperanto people were quite sad when Klingon became the world's most spoken artificial language. People died in the struggle to spread Esperanto! I think Klingon surpassed their invention because Esperanto, like Vulcan, is kind of boring. Not enough fricatives or explosive pops.

  4. MarjaE says:

    "Elvish"?

    Describing Quenya, Sindarin, etc. as "Elvish" seems about as ridiculous as describing Aduniac, English, Aymara, etc. as "Humanish."

  5. Just an aside, but Navajo's the most spoken American indigenous language north of the Mexican border; Wikipedia puts it at 120,000 to 170,000 speakers. My impression's that most Navajo are proud of that and would not be happy to have their language described as in a similar state to Latin.

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