Waя tiokф thoя hohф kuanдiж langжcoфgiя eд siж, waя tuiф kaфkiф siiohф, "Waя anдcuuaя hohф waя eд enяkangя iяpenд beф boфliauф?". Tiokд, "boфliauф" cдleд jiф chutяhenф uanд waя eд thauфnauя uiфliauя waя boф aiя waя eд enяkangя thaiя kiфsutдhuaф kakф tuiф waя eд thiiaдciongф khangфkhohя bengфpekд. Iдlangж boф giяgienжokф eд pohдkengя.
Waя caiд waяlangж thoяlunд okфbunж eд siж, waяlangж ciiaж cioя kohngя kuanдiж langжcoфgiя. Cekдsuя okф giяgienжokф eд hakфsengд maфsiф uф khohяlengж boж okф langжcoфgiя. Sohдiя, waя binфtuiф eд thiauдcienф siф anдcuaя iohngф teж engж eд hongдsekф koiяsoikф langжcoфgiя iяpenд hohф iяlangж bengфpekд.
Uanд Huatяbengж Giяgienж Eд SohяcaiфKinф waя tuaф eд sohяcaiф eд Mingж Chuanж Tuaфokд eд toдsuдkuanя uф cфlauж eд Ingфbunж chaekф. Uanд Taiфwanд choiф ciiaж ceф Ingфbunж chaekф eд toдsuдkuanя siфcaiф khangфkhohя. Heдsiж waя tiя ciokф Arika Okrent eд cфpunя chaekф kioфcoя “In the Land of Invented Languages (Uanд Huatяbengж Giяgienж Eд Sohяcaiф)”.
Cдpunя chaekф ciiaж tфpietф, siфcaiф iд siф ciiaж ceф koiяsoikф langжcoфgiя eд chaekф eд cфpunя. Uфiяsuф eд pohфhunф siф Arika lietфchutя 500 kaiф 12 seяkiя kauя 2007 niж eд langжcoфgiя.
Heдsiж waя tiя thakд cфpunя chaekф, sohдiя waя kaiяsiauф hohф kuanдciongф. Jiфchiiaя, waя eд enяkangя suakф liauя siж, waяlangж thoяlunд kuanдiж langжcoфgiя. Cдleд boф engж uiфliauя waя iohngф Ingфbunж thakд kakф iohngф Tiohngфbunж koiяsoikф. Waя chaж cĩaж ceф cuanфiohngф eд jiф, tфpietф siф giяgienжokф eд jiф.
Kuiяnaфkaiж waя kaiяsiauф eд langжcoфgiя siф Klingon, Esperanto, Volapük, Basic English, Loglan, Lojban, Solresol, kakф Blissymbols. Waя boф kaiяsiauф kaдliauя eд langжcoфgiя iяpenд eф inдhuatф iдlangж tuiф cдpunя chaekф kakф langжcoфgiя eд hoяkiфsimд.
Luя okф koiф langжcoфgiя boж? Naфsiф uф, tohдlohkд cфkaiж? Naфsiф boж, luя tuiф langжcoфgiя uф haдmikд khuuaяhuatф?
Presentation about Conlang
When I was asked to give a presentation about constructed language (conlang), I thought to myself "How can I deliver my presentation so that it won't be boring?". Right, "boring" is the word that appeared in my mind because I did not want my presentation to be too technical and difficult to understand for my audience. They don't have a linguistics background.
I was aware that conlang is not a common topic to talk about whenever we discuss language learning. Even Linguistics students might not learn about conlang in their studies. So, the challenge for me was how I can explain conlangs in a way as easy as possible for complete beginners to understand.
In the Land of Invented Languages
Ming Chuan University library which is located near where I am living has a floor of books in the English language. It is actually quite difficult to find a library in Taiwan that has so many books in English, and I remember that I borrowed a book by Arika Okrent called "In the Land of Invented Languages".
It is a special book, in fact, one of many books that cover almost everything about conlangs. The interesting part of this book is that Arika listed out 500 conlangs that exist from the 12th century until 2007.
I was reading this book by that time, so I presented it to the audience, and after my presentation, we had a discussion about conlangs. It was not easy because I read the book in English and presented it in Chinese. I did a lot of checking for the right terms, especially Linguistics terms.
Some of the conlangs that I presented were Klingon, Esperanto, Volapük, Basic English, Loglan, Lojban, Solresol, and Blissymbols. I did not introduce all of the conlangs from the book to spark their curiosity about the book and about conlangs.
Have you ever learned a conlang? If yes, which one? If not, what do you think about conlangs?