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  • Berry Brain

    “Lingua Ignota was the first known human-made language, created by German abbess Hildegard of Bingen in the 12th Century.”
    This sentence makes no sense. All human-spoken language is human-made. And human language predates the 12 century by a great deal.

    • Sha

      “Made” implies conscious construction, rather than cross-generational evolution.

      • Berry Brain

        Maybe it does to you but I still think it’s a badly written sentence. I get that the author means that Lingua Ignota was consciously designed by one person, but ‘made’ can be used to mean unconscious acts as well, e.g. ‘I made a mistake’ or ‘the dog made a mess of the garden’. It’s no big deal, I just find badly-phrased sentences in an article about invented languages kind of ironic.

        • brandino

          “but ‘made’ can be used to mean unconscious acts as well”

          That’s why he specified “human”-made not just “made”.

    • Mike

      I think she is comparing it with all other languages that evolved ‘organically’ over centuries from the bottom up as opposed to ‘top down’ where one person deliberately sets out to create a language from scratch in a much shorter time

  • zokiba

    It is the first known deliberately constructed language, as opposed to natural languages which form and change by the population at large.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a whole bunch of hobbyists on the internet constructing more or less naturalistic languages, actually: is kind of a yellow-pages site.

  • jamie b.

    How, oh how, did the author overlook Loglan/Lojban!?

    • Anon

      Because Lojban is easy to overlook. I am more concerned with the fact that Klingon is on this list whatsoever. Klingon, whilst a fairly stable language in itself, is little more than an elaborate cipher.

      • jamie b.

        Loglan/Lojban is the product of over fifty years of work by dozens of professionals. No other conlang compares to it. That the author overlooked it would suggest a shallow degree of research into the subject.

  • No Hangul?

    • jamie b.

      Hangul is not a language.

  • Steve

    I’ve enjoyed trying to think or write in E-Prime since I heard Dr. David Bourland speak it during a radio interview. I was impressed with the richness of his simple sentences. He seemed to convey more meaning with fewer words, and I didn’t notice the lack of “to be” until he pointed it out.

    My technical writing at work has improved by minimizing the use of “to be.” I also like how E-Prime makes it difficult to pass knee-jerk judgements; you can’t say, “He’s a jerk,” but you can say, “I feel hurt when he doesn’t listen.”

    “This is a flower” has a few easy-to-use alternatives, such as “I have a flower,” or, “Look at my flower.” However, E-Prime plays havoc with verb conjugation. I never did find an easy way to say, “It’s raining.” “It rains,” or, “The clouds are raining” sound too awkward.

    Interestingly, the creator of the Klingon language didn’t include “to be” in his original design. He had to add it when, in the movie “Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country,” General Chang quoted Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be” in “the original Klingon.”

    • Steve

      Whoops! Even though I took great care to avoid using any form of “to be” in my comment, nevertheless I suggested, “The clouds *are* raining” as a possible E-Prime version of, “It’s raining.”

      Silly me.

      • jamie b.

        Does “Rain now falls” sound too stilted? How about “I see rain”?

        • Steve

          I’ve yet to find a comfortable, natural-sounding equivalent, though your suggestions come as close as any. Thankfully, rain rarely comes up in my technical writing!

          How about asking the equivalent of “is it raining?” Yuck! “Does it rain now?” “Do we have rain at the moment?” I can’t think of any good alternatives.

          At least, I enjoy the mental exercise. I couldn’t follow the rules in real life, nor do I try. Still, E-Prime helps me think more clearly at times, given the extra effort.

      • Manz

        You also said, “I was impressed.” It’s a hard verb to obliterate!

        • Steve

          Good catch!

  • Sindarin should probably be mentioned alongside Quenya; I run into more people learning Sindarin than I do Quenya speakers.

    Pedin edhellen!

  • pat

    In “Harry Potter Deathly Hallows part 2” there was a short part spoken in Parseltongue!

  • rin

    no simlish?

  • Fartz

    what about the elfin language from the lord of the rings

    • jamie b.

      Umm… did you not see number 9 from the list?

      • Fartz

        Um… FARTZ!

  • Ike

    So… No one’s going to address No. 6? Really? Guess it’s up to me then..

    I can’t begin to describe how massively retarded this old hag is, the fact the she’s crossing her fingers in zen-like philosophical repose, whilst claiming some feminist BS about the essence of communication, makes me want to back hand her silly face.

    The fact it’s called ‘Laagan’ is equally as retarded. Is there any reason for it? Or, more likely, did she just use the same ‘on the rag’ method of thinking to come up with the language’s name as she did for her crackpot hypothesis?

    • jamie b.

      The name of the language is actually ‘Laadan’, and not ‘Laagan’. Hopefully, Laadan is far less offensive to you than Laagan, for whatever inexplicable reason.

    • grt

      Actually I don’t think you know what you are writing about. You can’t even read the name “Laadan” correctly, so what could you possibly know about it? Yeah, right, nothing. Come back when you have learned some basics about linguistics. Or something at all. Back to school with you.

  • Jim

    The Dothraki language was constructed by David J. Peterson for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

  • ah. Newspeak isn’t a conlang; it’s just an idea for a relex of English. And E-Prime is just a style of discourse. The list misses Volapük and Lojban.

  • Yusnia Sakti

    Hey, have you known ALAY or 4L4Y?!

  • Jack

    Fhlúir na h-Alba! Ama?igh!

  • Double talk

    Actually there is another invented language that I speak and it is called double talk.double talk I don’t know where came from but I do know that part of my family can speak it. And if I want to say something private to my mom or something I can just talk in double talk and my BFFS will not know…lol????