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Encyclopedia > Fictional language
Quenya, written in Tengwar and Latin-based alphabets

Fictional languages are by far the largest group of artistic languages. Fictional languages are intended to be the languages of a fictional world, and are often designed with the intent of giving more depth and an appearance of plausibility to the fictional worlds with which they are associated, and to have their characters communicate in a fashion which is both alien and dislocated. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Quenya is one of the languages spoken by the Elves (the Quendi) the ones who speak. The first-found-children-of-Iluvatar, in the fantasy works of J. R. R. Tolkien. ... First article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (in English) The Tengwar are an artificial script which was invented by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... The Latin alphabet, also called the Roman alphabet, is the most widely used alphabetic writing system in the world today. ... An artistic language (artlang) is a constructed language designed for aesthetic pleasure. ...


Some of these languages, e.g., in worlds of fantasy fiction, alternative universes, Earth's future, or alternate history, are presented as distorted versions or dialects of modern English or other natural language, while others are independently designed conlangs. For other definitions of fantasy see fantasy (psychology). ... An alternative universe (also known as alternate universe) is a type or form of fan fiction in which known, canonical facts about the universe being explored or written about, are deliberately changed. ... Alternative history or alternate history can be: A History told from an alternative viewpoint, rather than from the view of imperialist, conqueror, or explorer. ... A dialect (from the Greek word διάλεκτος, dialektos) is a variety of a language characteristic of a particular group of the languages speakers. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... An artificial or constructed language (known colloquially as a conlang among aficionados), is a language whose vocabulary and grammar were specifically devised by an individual or small group, rather than having naturally evolved as part of a culture as with natural languages. ...

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Purpose

Fictional languages are separated from artistic languages by both purpose and relative completion: a fictional language often has the least amount of grammar and vocabulary possible, and rarely extends beyond the absolutely necessary. At the same time, some others have developed languages in detail for their own sake, such as J. R. R. Tolkien's Quenya and Sindarin, Star Trek's Klingon language, and Star Wars's Mandalorian language which exist as functioning, usable languages. Here "fictional" can be a misnomer. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English philologist, writer and university professor, best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. ... Quenya is one of the languages spoken by the Elves (the Quendi) the ones who speak. The first-found-children-of-Iluvatar, in the fantasy works of J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Sindarin is an artificial language (or conlang) developed by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... The Klingon language (tlhIngan Hol in Klingon) is the constructed language spoken by Klingons in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... Mandalorian (Mando’a) is a fictional language spoken by the Mandalorians of Star Wars. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


By analogy with the word "conlang", the term conworld is used to describe these fictional worlds, inhabited by fictional constructed cultures. The conworld influences vocabulary (what words the language will have for flora and fauna, articles of clothing, objects of technology, religious concepts, names of places and tribes such as Rosanna Prescott who was a gay tranny with a sex change she has a willy and licks them, etc.), as well as influencing other factors such as pronouns, or how their cultures view the break-off points between colors or the gender and age of family members. A constructed world or conworld is a fictional world, often created for a novel, video game, or role-playing game, but sometimes for its own sake. ... A constructed culture or conculture is a fictional culture created as part of a constructed world. ...


Examples

Common examples are: It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with fictional language. ...

J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916. ... The languages of Middle-earth are artificial languages invented by J. R. R. Tolkien and used in his books about Middle-earth, including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. ... Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903[1][2] – 21 January 1950), better known by the pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. ... Newspeak is a fictional language in George Orwells novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. ... This article is about the Orwell novel. ... Václav Havel, GCB, CC, (IPA: ) (born October 5, 1936 in Prague) is a Czech writer and dramatist. ... Ptydepe is a fictional artificial language invented by Czech playwright Vaclav Havel in his 1966 play The Memorandum. ... Anthony Burgess (February 25, 1917 – November 22, 1993) was a British novelist, critic and composer. ... Nadsat is a constructed slang dialect of English with many Russian influences invented by the linguist, novelist, and composer Anthony Burgess. ... Clockwork Orange redirects here. ... Iain Menzies Banks (born on February 16, 1954 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland) writes mainstream novels as Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. ... Marain is a constructed language used by the fictional Culture of Iain M. Banks . ... The Culture is a fictional anarchic, socialistic and utopian society created by the Scottish writer Iain Banks and described by him in several of his novels and shorter fictions. ... Ursula Kroeber Le Guin [ˌɜɹsələ ˌkɹobɜɹ ləˈgWɪn] (born October 21, 1929) is an American author. ... Pravic is a fictional language used and referred to in the science-fiction book The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin. ... The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia is a 1974 utopian science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, set in the same fictional universe as that of The Left Hand of Darkness (the Ekumen universe). ... Christopher Paolini (born November 17, 1983) is an American writer. ... The Ancient Language refers to the oldest language of the land of Alagaësia in Christopher Paolinis Inheritance trilogy. ... The Inheritance Trilogy is a series of high fantasy books written by American author Christopher Paolini that has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide [1] [2]. As of 2007, two of these three books have been published: Eragon (2003) and Eldest (2005). ... Richard George Adams (born May 9, 1920) is an English novelist who is best known for two novels with animal characters, Watership Down and The Plague Dogs. ... Lapine is an artificial language constructed by Richard Adams and spoken by the fictional rabbits of his novel Watership Down. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Klingon language (tlhIngan Hol in Klingon) is the constructed language spoken by Klingons in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... Mandalorian (Mando’a) is a fictional language spoken by the Mandalorians of Star Wars. ... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... The Forerunners are a race of aliens referred to in the Halo: Combat Evolved Universe. ... A covenant, in its most general sense, is a solemn promise to do or not do something specified. ...

Professional fictional languages

Professional fictional languages are those languages created for use in books, movies, television shows, video games, comics, toys, and musical albums (prominent examples of works featuring fictional languages include the Middle-earth and Star Trek universes and the game Myst). Myst (or MYST) is a graphic adventure computer game designed and directed by the brothers Robyn and Rand Miller. ...


Note: The Al Bhed language used on the video game Final Fantasy X is not a language per se, as it is only a clever substitution cipher. // The Al Bhed language is a fictional language from the role-playing video game Final Fantasy X and its sequel Final Fantasy X-2. ... Final Fantasy X ) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix), and the tenth installment in the Final Fantasy video game series; it was released in 2001, and is the first numbered Final Fantasy game for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console. ... This article is about algorithms for encryption and decryption. ...


Alien languages

Alien language 1 (Alienese) from Futurama interposed with the Times New Roman.
Main article: Alien language

A notable subgenre of fictional languages are alien languages, the ones that are used or might be used by putative extraterrestrial life forms. Alien languages are subject of both science fiction and scientific research. Image File history File links Alien_decoder. ... Image File history File links Alien_decoder. ... Futurama is an Emmy Award-winning animated American sitcom created by Matt Groening, also the creator of The Simpsons, and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox network. ... The Times New Roman typeface, on top at 88. ... An alien language is a general term for any language that might be used by putative extraterrestrial lifeforms. ... An alien language is a general term for any language that might be used by putative extraterrestrial lifeforms. ... “Green people” redirects here. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


Perhaps the most fully-developed fictional alien language is the Klingon language of the Star Trek universe - a fully-developed constructed language. The Klingon language (tlhIngan Hol in Klingon) is the constructed language spoken by Klingons in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... A constructed or artificial language — known colloquially as a conlang — is a language whose phonology, grammar, and/or vocabulary have been devised by an individual or small group, instead of having naturally evolved as part of a culture. ...


The problem of alien language has confronted generations of science fiction writers; some have created fictional languages for their characters to use, while others have circumvented the problem through translation devices or other fantastic technology. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


Although this field remains largely confined to science fiction, the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life makes the question of alien language a credible topic for scientific and philosophical speculation. Part of a scientific laboratory at the University of Cologne. ... The philosopher Socrates about to take poison hemlock as ordered by the court. ...


While many cases an alien language is but an element of fictional reality, in a number of science fiction works the core of the plot are linguistic and psychological problems of communication between various alien races.


Internet-based fictional languages

Internet-based fictional languages are hosted along with their "conworlds" on the Internet, and based at these sites, becoming known to the world through the visitors to these sites; Verdurian, the language of Mark Rosenfelder's Verduria on the planet of Almea, is a flagship Internet-based fictional language. Many other fictional languages and their associated conworlds are created privately by their inventor, known only to the inventor and perhaps a few friends. In this context the term "professional" (used for the first category) as opposed to "amateur" (used for the second and third) refers only to the professionalism of the used medium, and not to the professionalism of the language itself or its creator. In fact, most professional languages are the work of non-linguists, while many amateur languages were in fact created by linguists, and in general the latter are better developed. [citation needed] The Verdurian language is a conlang by Mark Rosenfelder, characterized by its Romance-like phonology and Latin-like inflection. ... Mark Rosenfelder is the creator of the website Zompist. ...


See also

A constructed or artificial language — known colloquially as a conlang — is a language whose phonology, grammar, and/or vocabulary have been devised by an individual or small group, instead of having naturally evolved as part of a culture. ... This article is about the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. ... CETI (Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or METI, Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a branch of SETI research that focuses on composing and deciphering messages that could theoretically be understood by another technological civilization. ...

External links

  • A Primer In SF XENOLINGUISTICS, by Justin B. Rye
  • Interstellar Communication, a collection of references
  • Galactic Basic Standard from the Star Wars universe

  Results from FactBites:
 
List of fictional languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (906 words)
Fictional languages are created specifically for a work of fiction, such as a movie or book.
Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis) is the language of the Ancients, the builders of the Stargates; it is similar to Latin.
Kad'k, the language of the Dwarfs in Terry Pratchett's Discworld
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