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.