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Fiction with connatlangs vs conconlangs

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Monday, February 18, 2008, 16:32
On Feb 16, 2008 4:05 AM,  <MorphemeAddict@...> wrote:
> In a message dated 2/15/2008 08:10:37 AM Central Standard Time, > jimhenry1973@GMAIL.COM writes:
> Is there enough category 3 fiction to warrant an a/b distinction?
Maybe not. I can think of five sf novels/series/novellas off the top of my head which involve characters creating conlangs of some kind. There are a lot more sf and fantasy novels and stories in which a conlang plays the role of a natlang within the imaginary world, though in most of them the language is sketchy and only used for names or a handful of phrases. Do we count all the sf novels where the author has put some significant thought into a relatively near-future evolution of English? Besides those in which conlanging is a major part of the story, several others come to mind in which there are throwaway references to constructed languages devised for particular purposes -- usually superhumans or posthumans devising something to suit their modes of thought better than natural human languages. And then there are the several sf novels and series where Esperanto or some other existing auxlang is used. -- Jim Henry