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Re: History of constructed languages

From:JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Thursday, March 31, 2005, 16:18
> 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). > > [snip] > > > > 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. > > 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.
There are previous examples, but they're much less developed. I'm pretty sure that there are fragments of language that appear in _Gulliver's Travels_ by Swift, but I doubt that there is much of a grammar behind them. I wonder if non-English literatures provide any other examples. -- JS Bangs "I could buy you a drink I could tell you all about it I could tell you why I doubted And why I still believe." - Pedro the Lion


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>