conlang

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EtymologyEdit

 
A hymn written in Sindarin, a conlang created by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien as a language spoken by elves in his Lord of the Rings works.

The noun is a blend of constructed +‎ language,[1] while the verb is derived from the noun.

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NounEdit

conlang (plural conlang or conlangs)

  1. (linguistics, colloquial) Alternative form of constructed language (a human language consciously devised by an individual or a small group, as opposed to having naturally evolved as a natural language) [from 1990s]
    The Klingon language was a conlang created for use in the Star Trek franchise.

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VerbEdit

conlang (third-person singular simple present conlangs, present participle conlanging, simple past and past participle conlanged)

  1. (intransitive, linguistics) To create a conlang (constructed language).
    the conlanging community
    Brithenig was conlanged with the purpose of looking how Welsh might have developed if it were a Romance language.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ conlang, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2014; “conlang, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.