Don't Laugh. Klingon And Elvish Are Real Languages.

You might think Lord of the Rings' Elvish, Star Trek's Klingon and Game of Thrones' Dothraki are all just collections of silly words, but nope. They're actual, real languages, no different from English, Spanish or Japanese.

This TED Talk by John McWhorter explains why this is. It's not just a collection of words that makes a constructed language - or conlang - it's grammar. Structure. Evolution.

So the next time you go to put Dothraki on your CV, don't hesitate. It's not an embarrassment, it's a skill.

Are Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na'vi real languages? [YouTube, via Laughing Squid]


Comments

    Surely this is already common knowledge for anyone who visits this site. People were having Klingon weddings 30 years ago!

    In other breaking news, the sky is blue.

    Last edited 28/09/13 12:42 pm

    More people speak klingon than esperanto, and is the fastest evolving language on the planet at this time. There are multiple elven dialects plus the language of mordor that are fully described by Tolkien, he was a professor of language at oxford.

      Klingon has about 30 fluent speakers (or so Wikipedia tells me) where Esperanto has several thousand. Where are your numbers coming from?

    i laughed so hard milk came out my nose, which was strange because i wasn't drinking any. must get that checked.

    anyhoo - love me some Tolkien but no-one's native tongue is Klingon or Elvish. like Scientology they stem entirely from fiction, devices to entertain that people want to take seriously. they have almost no pedigree and scant cultural currency (excluding specific conferences). they could have never have existed and the world would look as it does today. they may fit an academic definition of the term 'language' but they pale into insignificance compared to English, Spanish or Japanese.

    [flame suit activated]

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