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Mark Jones wrote:

> Hi Conlangers,
>
> I've been asked to take part in a radio interview about languages
> constructed for works of dramatic fiction (to be broadcast on BBC
> Radio 4's
> Front Row in the UK).
>
> Presumably I've been tracked down because I was the brains behind the one
> sentence that finally got used in the final cut of Hallmark's dreadfully
> twee mini-series Dinotopia - the rest of the grammar they didn't want,
> but
> it's a long story...
>
> Anyway, I'm far from an expert, and I'd like to know what the first
> constructed language for media use might've been. I'm not talking here
> about
> Esperanto or Volapuek etc., but a fictional languages for use in fiction.


Well, you've obviously got Tolkien.  That's one of the early examples -
from the 1910s onwards. That's the earliest I can think of, at least
with a grammar of any size.