Definition of conlanger in English:



  • A person who creates an artificial language.

    ‘many conlangers strive to make their languages as different from European paradigms as possible’
    • ‘Whether a conlanger has contributed new idioms to Klingon or invented a tongue designed solely to reflect women's consciousness, he or she is expressing an implicit wish to change the world with language.’
    • ‘One conlanger noted that Yaguello's chapter entitled 'In Defence of Natural Languages' reminded him of the US Federal 'Defense of Marriage Act'.’
    • ‘Conlangers tend to be people who are already immersed in specialized forms of symbolic communication.’
    • ‘A few conlangers have set their languages to music and recorded them.’
    • ‘Very few conlangers have mastered their languages in the way one masters a native tongue.’
    • ‘Popularized in the mid-twentieth century, roughly the same time period when conlangers began forming their own communities and interest groups, this hypothesis holds that consciousness is structured by language.’
    • ‘Conlangers are now looking to Tagalog, Basque, Georgian, Malagasay, and Aztec for ideas, instead of to Welsh, Finnish, and Hebrew, languages Tolkien drew upon for his Elvish.’
    • ‘Knowing the words is not important to their hearers, but few conlangers yet have that outlet, and must rely on text and graphs to give a sense of their language's structure.’
    • ‘The audio-visual capacities of the Internet, along with its speed and efficiency of communication, have made it the ideal forum for conlangers.’
    • ‘Very few conlangers that I have encountered are making private languages in Wittgenstein's sense.’



/ˈkänˌlaNGər/ /ˈkɑnˌlæŋər/


1990s from conlang.