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  • Nov 16, 2011
  • 06:42 PM

Elvish, Klingon and Esperanto—Why Do We Love To Invent Languages?

Katy Steinmetz / Time
Invented languages do more than cause lively debates among Star Trek fans. Esperanto, and other international tongues, are meant to repair the plague of Babel. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elvish and its ilk help readers escape deep into literary worlds. And then there are the hundreds of invented languages most people have never heard of, each with its own aesthetic or communal or political reason for being.

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