Language is one of the greatest art forms on Earth. There are thousands of spoken, written, and signed languages around the world with subcategories including regional and ethnic dialects and colloquialisms. Written words, signs, gestures, and speech constantly evolve through technology, world events, and pop culture, which is not surprising. Why? Because all systems of communication ultimately stem from something Earth’s earliest human inhabitants crafted many years ago. In other words, everything is totally made up! In fact, language is so mutable that we (the collective) have crafted fictional languages as storytelling supplements in entertainment. (In this context, a fictional language is one that’s not used in our general society to communicate. It is specifically tied to a TV/film/print story.)

Popular TV and film languages like Klingon, Atlantean, and Dothraki don’t only exist to lend further credence and believability to their respective worlds and narratives. They are methods of communication among fans, a complex subject worthy of studying and learning to further immerse yourself into a universe. But what do we gain from learning and using them? And what really goes into crafting a fictional language, anyway? Let’s get to the bottom of this enduring love for constructed language.

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