Are Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi Real Languages?
John McWhorter translates the story of conlangs (constructed languages) into plain English. It’s not all about vocabulary (like the thousands of words invented for the Klingon language), it’s about the construction of detailed language rules. Tolkein’s Elvish syntax played grandfather to all these modern conlangs because it, and they, share a lot of the weirdness and evolution of our own language, changing over time and frustrating even its most regular speakers.
I can never remember the who/whom rule in Elvish …
Check out the full lesson at TED-Ed.