Re: History of constructed languages
|Date:||Thursday, March 31, 2005, 15:30|
Mark Jones wrote:
> Hi Conlangers,
> I've been asked to take part in a radio interview about languages
> constructed for works of dramatic fiction (to be broadcast on BBC
> Radio 4's
> Front Row in the UK).
> Presumably I've been tracked down because I was the brains behind the one
> sentence that finally got used in the final cut of Hallmark's dreadfully
> twee mini-series Dinotopia - the rest of the grammar they didn't want,
> it's a long story...
> Anyway, I'm far from an expert, and I'd like to know what the first
> constructed language for media use might've been. I'm not talking here
> Esperanto or Volapuek etc., but a fictional languages for use in fiction.
Well, you've obviously got Tolkien. That's one of the early examples -
from the 1910s onwards. That's the earliest I can think of, at least
with a grammar of any size.