So a few tiny hours ago I was made aware of the fact that language creation is actually something people do (think Tolkien’s languages Sindarin and Quenya, or Star Trek’s Klingon, or Game of Throne’s Dothraki, to name a few famous examples), and not just a few linguistic nuts, but a whole lot of people–often for nothing else but fun! It’s called conlanging (from constructed languages), and there’s even a society dedicated to it in the USA: the Language Creation Society. Go check them out!
So…I just bought some books about language construction from Amazon, and am very curious to read them (not that there are any other books waiting to be read…), and I’m already starting to form some ideas in my brain. So I guess I’ll create yet another category on this blog and see where my brain leads me. Will I actually create a whole new language? Who knows? Maybe. And hey, why the heck not? Tolkien was a historical linguist, I’m studying German and historical linguistics…
Can you create a new language as your bachelor’s thesis? I mean, I already have a topic, but…creating my own language would apply more of what I’ve learned at university so far. Plus, we have a professor who admitted she admires Tolkien and wants to learn his languages one day. So I guess I’d even know which professor to approach about it. And the other project…who says I can’t do that as well? Just without handing it in anywhere?
Can you all say “crazy”? Yes? Yep, see, that’s me in a nutshell. Ah well…what can I say? I love languages.