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History of constructed languages

From:Mark Jones <markjjones@...>
Date:Thursday, March 31, 2005, 12:22
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, but
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 about
Esperanto or Volapuek etc., but a fictional languages for use in fiction.

Any pointers would be very helpful.

Many thanks


Mark J. Jones
Department of Linguistics
University of Cambridge


Joe <joe@...>