To Learn Klingon Or Esperanto: What Invented Languages Can Teach Us

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Linguistic anthropologist Christine Schreyer notes that people today have begun learning to speak invented languages because, unlike endangered natural languages, people can learn them quickly. These invented languages, including Elvish, Na’vi, and Klingon, are spoken by fans of the movies and shows they were invented for. The resulting fandoms create opportunities to teach the languages to others by making online dictionaries, posting tutorials, and holding events to help communities become fluent. Schreyer believes that these models can aid in the popularisation of endangered “natural” languages. Read full article here

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