Klingon, sure. Dothraki, of course. But what about Barsoomian, Na’vi or… Lapine?
If Arrival taught the world anything, it’s that whenever spaceships do finally touch down on Earth, linguists will save the world. Seriously, if they’re not around, we’ll be depending on some handy universal translator to drop out of the sky. No matter what sort of weird mumbles, beamed images, or telepathic messages the real little green men use for communication, it definitely won’t be the sloppy, haphazard series of sounds we call English.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that real linguists have played a pretty huge role in sculpting the fictional languages of your favorite science fiction and fantasy worlds. For every badass Dothraki chant or Klingon speech that you’ve ever heard, there’s been a hardworking linguist who spent years developing a real, complex language with its own grammar, slang, and unique metaphors. These constructed languages — called “conlangs,” for short — are often so developed that if you have some time to kill, you can impress your next date with a newfound fluency in Barsoomian… READ MORE