Conlangs, short for constructed languages, are artificial languages born out of the mind of a single individual (sometimes a couple of them), unlike natural languages born through countless iterations by their native speakers, slowly evolving over time like English, French, Mandarin, Japanese, Bahasa, or !Xhosa did.
They can serve various goals from their creators:
- be spoken by as many people as possible as a neutral language, like Esperanto and Lingua Franca Nova
- be a secret language between a couple of people
- as a thought experiment, like Lojban
- fill a litterary universe, like Tolkien’s elvish languages or Star Trek’s Klingon
- for the sake of art itself
In my case, the last two reasons are the main ones driving me to create languages. My two main projects at the time of writing this page are Proto-Ñyqy and Eittlandic. Both are accompanied by their own worldbuilding project, although Proto-Ñyqy’s worldbuilding is still largely secret while Eittland’s worldbuilding is mostly public.
More information can be found on my conlanging website.