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Re: Conlangs in fiction/movies

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 20:01

Chris Peters wrote:

> The thread on conlangs in music got me curious about other conlangs that > have been used on-screen or in popular books. Resources are easy to find > regarding Klingon and Quenya. Personally, I'd also be interested in seeing > published references about Vulcan (also done by Marc Okrand, of Klingon > fame. Sadly, I've spoken to Mr. Okrand, and he informed me that no Vulcan > Dictionary is forthcoming.)
Most "conlangs" in commercial media products are not only poorly documented, but also lack linguistic substance - upon closer examination, they turn out to be either utter gibberish or relexes of English (or some other language). Signage in exotic scripts shown in movies is often plain English in standard orthography, merely using different glyphs for the 26 letters of the alphabet. We can (and do) do better. Conlanging seems to be an art where the amateurs often out-perform the professionals. Greetings, Jörg.


Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
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