Monday, December 16, 2013

Have you ever wanted to invent a language?

Have you ever heard of Klingon, xxx, or Esperanto?  Oh, you have heard of Esperanto! What separates humans from other animals - I must finally admit - is language.  Without getting mired in a huge discussion about the definition of language, I will simply say that speaking languages is what we mostly do.

For a fascinating look at what we can learn about human language from creating them, check out this feature article from one of UCSD's  newsletters. If you're a fan of StarTrek or the Lord of the Rings/Hobbits, you may have wondered if the strange languages spoken were just mindless, entertaining babble. Actually, they weren't. A lot of energy and creativity has gone into inventing languages for movies.

If you want to follow up on Klingon, or be one of the first in your neighborhood to speak it, there are books and websites to teach you, such as the Klingon Language Institute.  Goodreads even has a page devoted to the best books on Klingon and other invented tongues.

7 comments:

Harry Nguyen said...

Sorry for this duplicated message. Just because I can not see your contact information, thus I send you the message here (sorry with the slightly duplicated in twitter), hopefully you can see it.
We have an instant word count tool: Word Count Tool. This tool offers a variety of reports about the given text. Could you please consider to include itin the USEFUL LINKS section of the blog? I am really appreciate it. Thank you very much.

Eleven said...

Thanks, Harry Nguyen. I already have the Word Count Tool listed under Useful Links for Students. It is a great app that I use in TOEFL writing classes. It is also linked to my wikispaces. Best wishes for a great new year!

Harry Nguyen said...
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Harry Nguyen said...

Thank you very much for your prompt reply. I hesitate to tell you this but actually the link you post in the Useful Links Section and the link in you wikispaces point to a wrong site. The site contains the tool I suggested is: http://wordcounttools.com (not http://wordcounttool.com - You missed an s at the end of the address - which is very important). It would be greatly appreciated if you could please consider to fix it. Thank you very much and wish you a very happy new year.

Eleven said...

Hi Harry Nguyen, My link to the Word Count Tool at wikispaces is not a mistake. This link has been very stable for 7 years, so I do not intend to delete or replace it. I have looked at your recommended site and will consider adding it as a resource. It actually gives more information than I want my students to have when they are doing a TOEFL writing test online. It looks like a great tool for teachers and for students in the editing phase or draft phase of writing. Thanks again for the comment

Hai Nguyen Hoang said...
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Harry Nguyen said...

Thank you very much for your consideration.