an artificially created language; esp. a language invented to represent the speech of an alien race
[< constructed language (attested from 1928 in OED)]
For a con lang to be successful as a language will require at least some of us to take a professional attitude towards our work. Linguists see con langs as a radical fringe, spawned by people ignorant of language and its inherent complexity, and usually motivated by universalist ideals that themselves are not universally accepted.
Plus links to conlang/auxlang mailing lists, resources for constructing languages of your own, and a great deal more.
In science fiction conlangs…the emphasis tends to be more on how fancy the language is than on its usefulness for the ordinary person.
While Frommer was working out the structure of Na'vi in 2005 and 2006, however, he studiously avoided looking at Klingon or any other constructed language (or ‘conlang’ for short).
Take a tour of the brave new world of invented languages, and explore their fascinating landscapes with some of the leading linguists and creators of new languages (or conlangs), including Marc Okrand, the inventor of Klingon.
The conlang forums are full of stories about parents disturbed to discover their children scribbling strange symbols in their bedroom.
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