From Klingon to Dothraki: Understanding invented languages

In Star Trek, hulking warriors speak Klingon. In Lord of the Rings, ancient forest dwellers talk in Elvish. And in Game of Thrones, nomadic tribes chatter in Dothraki.

These made-up languages evoke fictional worlds. Now, fans can learn more about the magic behind all those invented words and phrases by immersing themselves in the history of constructed languages.

Starting this January, the UC Santa Cruz Linguistics Department is offering a course on made-up languages for the first time. Constructed Languages from Elvish to Esperanto will give students a chance to study the history, purpose and structure of invented languages.

In the process, students will gain a deeper knowledge of how languages work and insights into how languages can be crafted for different purposes.

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