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    fictional languages

    hello,

    my question is:
    under which branch of studies in linguistics does
    the study of fictional languages go ? (Immanent linguistics, Mechanistic linguistics - Pure linguistics ...etc)

    or does it depends on my approach? like for example if I'm studying the syntactical structure of a fictional language then it goes under that area and so on.



    examples of fictional languages:
    Al-Bhed (from the video game final fantasy x)
    Na'vi ( from avatar)
    Elvish ( the hobbit and LOTR)

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    Re: fictional languages

    I would say it probably fits best under applied linguistics, at least according to Wikipedia. Linguist David Peterson has invented a number of fictional languages for TV shows, including the languages used in the show Defiance, and Game of Thrones. He's even written a book about inventing languages called The Art of Language Invention.

    Another well known constructed language (sometimes called con-languages) is Klingon, invented in the 80's for Star Trek. And of course there's Esperanto, which has a couple of million speakers and even a few thousand native speakers, supposedly.
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    Re: fictional languages

    I would say that it depends on what aspects you're studying.

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    Re: fictional languages

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    And of course there's Esperanto, which has a couple of million speakers and even a few thousand native speakers, supposedly.
    interesting! I thought that Esperanto was created so everyone could have the same chance of learning the language without having the privilege of being a native speaker .. never thought of it having native speakers.

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    Re: fictional languages

    Skrej added 'supposedly'.

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    Re: fictional languages

    George Soros is the only case I have come across of a native speaker of Esperanto, though there may well be others:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soros#Early_life

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