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Unlike Tolkien's Elvish, Dothraki, from Game of Thrones, Na'vi, from Avatar, and Klingon, from Star Trek are now all considered actual languages. So cool! And why? Because they have grammar.



FROM tumblr
'John McWhorter translates the story of conlangs (constructed languages) into plain English. It’s not all about vocabulary (like the thousands of words invented for the Klingon language), it’s about the construction of detailed language rules. Tolkein’s Elvish syntax played grandfather to all these modern conlangs because it, and they, share a lot of the weirdness and evolution of our own language, changing over time and frustrating even its most regular speakers.'

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ashmedai
Sep. 30th, 2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
This is so cool! Constructed languages in fiction have always fascinated me. Thanks for posting this.
gaeln
Oct. 1st, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
Me too! I'm glad you enjoyed :)
spike7451
Oct. 1st, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
That's fascinating!
gaeln
Oct. 1st, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
I have to agree :) I knew Klingon was fairly full developed, but I had no idea about Dothraki.
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gaeln
Oct. 1st, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
I admit that I knew about Klingon, but not about the others. It is amazing what fans are capable of :)
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