Our lives are thankfully often fulfilled by dreams that are inspired by books and movies – or maybe vice versa? Language-wise, reality has certainly inspired many authors and movie directors to create parallel fictional languages that are now sometimes learned for fun! As these languages are inspired by real languages (appropriately mixed together) these fictional creations can facilitate the learning of actual languages due to some shared ‘bridge’ characteristics.
While some fictional languages have been purely constructed to facilitate the actors’ speech and/or to represent the writers’ and directors’ minds; like the Na’vi language , from James Cameron’s vision, ‘Avatar’, which doesn’t seem to resemble any human language, or Klingon, which despite being a constructed language created for ‘Star Trek’, designed by Marc Okrand, is so widespread especially amongst Star Trek fans that it is almost considered a real language by many.
There are others which are actually related to real languages because they are inspired by dialects and real grammars, which can then be useful in helping our mind open up to the main languages with greater ease (if it’s true that we learn everything more easily when we love it or have a true interest in it):
Taking a brief look, these are some of the main bridge fictional languages:
• Esperanto: created by Dr. Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof in 1880 is the most successful constructed language and has actual fluent and ‘native’ speakers. Esperanto is renowned as the best bridge language for it is derived from Romance languages and a little from Germanic. It is also characterised by an extreme learning facility, which people testify to proudly learn in hours instead of months.
• Elvish and Arda languages: invented by Tolkien (‘the Hobbit’, ‘Lord of the Rings’, etc.) who admitted to having created stories around the languages he invented, seeing the whole picture by a philological point of view. Quenya inspired by Finnish and Sindarin inspired by Welsh, are the most complete languages created by him and these and their derivatives are learned by many people for their heavenly sounds.
• Nadsat: Invented by Anthony Burgess in 1962 for his novel ‘A Clockwork Orange’. It is a slang language created from the accumulation of mainly English, Slavic, Russian and Cockney dialects, influenced by the King James Bible and with some words that relate to the words used by college students and other pure inventions.
• Atlantean language: invented for the Disney movie ‘ Atlantis: The lost empire’ in 2001 was created incorporating Indo-European characteristics, historic reconstructions and an independent grammar.
• Simlish: a language invented for the EA game ‘Sims’. It was originally created from mixtures of French, Latin, English, Ukrainian, Finnish and Tagalog, but remains without a real grammar.
• Newspeak: Invented by George Orwell for the novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’. Considered as the easiest fictional language to learn. This is basically inspired by English and roots words as both nouns and verbs; for this, it is also known as the language which has a vocabulary that becomes smaller year by year!
• Mangani: invented by Edgar Rice Burrogh for the novel ‘Tarzan’, was inspired by African dialects and composed of guttural sounds and written complexity.
Go on, pick one! It might become a useful hobby! For more information regarding visit our language page.