VideoFix: Ithkuil for beginners

March 17, 2019 10:32 am

 

 

 

 

A constructed language (conlang) can be born for artistic purposes (like klingon and elfic), for political reasons (everybody knows esperanto and interlingua), but also for fun. Building up new languages from scratch is an invaluable opportunity to understand how the cognitive processes occurring in our daily life first need to be properly understood and then undergo a thoughtful design phase before being shared. Humans do not want just to express themselves, but also to impress others. For this reason, in each language there is both a lot of rationality and a lot of irrationality. But what if a language sacrifices all its expressivity to enhance its impressivity? What if all the beauty and the necessary portion of nonsense that makes a language witty and enjoyable steps back to unleash an absurdly concrete information-driven communication?

 

Edited by Cosimo Palma, Communication Trainee at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament (Luxembourg).

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