The strange language spoken by circus owner Papa Lazarou, from the British dark comedy series The League of Gentlemen
, may technically be gibberish ("Autom, sprow. Cana, tik bana! Sandwol, but no sera smee?") But it was inspired by Parlari
, the private language of traveling British circus folk.
Pioneering West African composer Julien Jacob
sings in his own mysterious, imaginary language, allowing his listeners to interpret his songs in their own way.
More from AskMefi: I'm 6'8". People are always asking me how tall I am. Instead of telling the truth
, what are some witty, non-confrontational responses I might use? "Depends on where you start measuring."Vesona
is a universal language proposed by Dr. Alesha Sivartha, in which the
first two or three letters of any word give the general meaning and the
added letters specialize these meanings. An elaborate circular diagram
(copy and paste link in new window) shows how Vesona encapsulates all of human knowledge.
is a language spoken by 55 million imaginary people. The fruitful
creativity of Mark Rosenfelder offers background on the history,
grammar, and literature of Verdurian, as well as a Language Kit
for constructing your own artificial languages.
How to say How many flowers are in Pia Zadora's vase?
in Esperanto? From Prolific Lo-Fi recording artist Ken Clinger
who records songs in both English & Esperanto. He juxtaposes
awkward practice sentences from foreign language tutorials, creating
absurd, surreal alternate realities.
Why English is a Silly Language
"It's really a wonder that any one manages to successfully speak
English at all. That people learn it all over the world is just
incredible... I mean amazing."
Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
. Jorge Luis Borges
dreamed of a language called Ursprache
with absolutely no nouns. For example, there's no word for "moon," but
there's a verb meaning "to moon" or "to moonate." The sentence "The
moon rose above the water" in Ursprache would translate as "Upward
behind the onstreaming it mooned."
The hypothetical lost continent of Mu (also known as Lemuria
is said to have been destroyed in a global upheaval tens of thousands
of years ago. Unorthodox researcher Col. James Churchward believed he
rediscovered Mu's alphabet, comprised of beautiful and intricate glyphs.
This is a post that I am “co-blogging” with Hanan Levin of Grow-a-Brain. Thank you, Hanan, for the links you suggested!