How to Invent a Language

| 8/10/2009 4:15:55 PM

Esperanto InventionWhen English isn’t good enough, innovative inventors set out to create their own languages. Most fail miserably, but every once in a while, a newly formed language will take on a life of its own. “Every time an invented language has found success,” language expert Arika Okrent told Failure magazine, “it has been an unexpected success.”

Okrent, the author of In the Land of Invented Languages, thinks that most would-be language inventors tend to view their new form of speech as a product, while most speakers don’t think of it that way. The most successful invented languages are Esperanto and Klingon, which have both changed far beyond their original intents. Okrent advises potential inventors:

Put your language out there in the world and then let people take it away and ruin it for you. If you try to hold on too tightly you’re going to have problems. If you want people to use it, you have to let them use it, but they are not going to utilize it the way you want them to.

Source: Failure 

Image by Limako, licensed under Creative Commons.

4/4/2014 10:49:34 AM

So many English speakers are too lazy to learn a second language, but expect others to be able to speak English it's quite amusing. isn't bad if done from an early age so you can develop the tongue and become more natural as you grow up speaking multiple languages.

Istvan Ertl
8/23/2009 1:15:35 AM

What do you mean by "when English isn't good enough"? "Artificial" languages do not aim to replace any language in particular, at least Esperanto does not. And why do you say "when *English* isn't good enough"? Are the propositions "when *Hungarian* isn't good enough", or "when *Cherokee* isn't good enough" not good enough? Best Istvan Ertl

8/22/2009 3:41:18 PM

I cannot believe anybody can compare Esperanto with Klingon. They were created with very different purposes. Esperanto was created 122 years ago, for easiness of learning and using, for communication inter people that didn't have another common language. 20 hours of study time should be enough to start using Esperanto. After 100 hours you can reach some fluency. Klingon was created by an Esperanto speaker, for a TV show, with no intention of easy learning or using, or even for communication. Most Esperanto speakers aren't linguists. They use Esperanto to speak about any subject. Please search the web for means how to learn Esperanto. When you search, you may add my name to the search. Best wishes, Enrique from California, USA

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