Watch: How Klingon, Elvish and Other Fake Movie Languages Were Created

Watch: How Klingon, Elvish and Other Fake Movie Languages Were Created

Oct 07, 2013

Game of Thrones Khal DrogoIf you're a Trekkie, a Game of Thrones fanatic, or a lover of Tolkien's Middle-earth, then you're probably already well acquainted with the idea of ConLangs -- a spiffy shortening of the phrase "Constructed Language." The term applies to fictional languages made up for nonexistent races in books, television and film -- like the Dothraki and Elves in Martin and Tolkien's fantasy epics or the Klingons from Star Trek.
There's more to creating a fake language (which in these cases, have become real) than just making up a bunch of words, as this enlightening video from John McWhorter points out. There has to be a grammar rule system, and in the cases of the best ConLangs, the messiness of linguistic evolution. 
McWhorter goes in depth to explain why these fictitious languages captivate audiences and add to the experience of the books, shows and films they're featured in. If you're at all interested in language, or just a fan of these universes, this video will shed some interesting light on how the creators added this fascinating extra layer to their worlds. Check it out below and let us know which made up language is your favorite.




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