11 December 2010

global explosion of conlanging

It seems like more and more creative writers are using invented languages in their works. Back in the days when I compulsively tried to keep lists of all these things, I would be stressing out trying to deal with this volume of material. But now that I’m older and wiser I’m willing to just enjoy the flow…

Nate Neal’s first graphic novel The Sanctuary has its characters speaking an invented language of symbols. In an interview with Robot 6 at comicbookresources.com, the author says:

“With a made up language the words would take on a symbolic stance that they otherwise wouldn’t have. That helps get across one of the important ideas of the book: how things get fucked up when a society thinks too symbolically. Or at least thinks too symbolically without being aware that that’s what they’re doing. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the world we live in now! The book uses symbols to convey a somewhat anti-symbolic sentiment.”

Jenna Scherer's review of the play “Blue Flower” mentions that one character’s “life becomes steeped in regret and nostalgia, which he funnels into creating a collage book and inventing a made-up language.”

The short film Ana’s Playground, which is a short-list candidate for an Academy Award nomination, uses an invented language so that the characters “could not be pegged as being from any one particular place.”

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