Walter Sperat wrote: > Hey everyone! > Due to a recent thread on which several people listed their ages, and > having recently watched Conlanging: The Art of crafting Tongues, I got > curious about the individual stories of the people on this list, i.e. how > did you get into conlanging? I started developing my first languages around the time of the first Star Wars trilogy. I didn't realize at the time that the alien languages were fake (in the sense that there wasn't any real grammar or vocabulary to them, just an imitation of a language). Also around that time I started reading Tolkien and learning about his Elvish languages. By the time Marc Okrand's Klingon Dictionary came out, I already had a pretty good start on my conlang collection. I did everything on paper in those days. It was a bit of a mess trying to keep track of it all, and most of the languages I came up with in those days didn't amount to much. The most fully developed of those early languages was actually my first conlang, Olaetian. It was a human language spoken on another planet (presumably in the far future, but I don't think I ever thought much about the timeline). I also had three main Elvish languages (Cythin, Rynnan, Alzetjan) which were spoken on a different planet. I don't think I thought much about how a fantasy world with dragons and a science fiction world with spaceships would coexist in the same universe. Around the 1990s I shifted the focus of my world-building more to the non-human people of the universe. That's also when I started becoming aware of other conlangers, mainly through the CONLANG list. Some of the prominent languages from that time include ones like Chispa Zaik, a language spoken by people from a planet near the star Mizar who evolved from rats, and Ziriinka (a.k.a. Simik), spoken by small furry people that I called Zireen. I also started up a number of more experimental languages, which weren't intended to be actually spoken by anyone, but just to play with different grammatical ideas. In the time since then I've shifted again to focus on a single world, Azir, the home world of the Zireen and Sangari people. The other worlds still exist as stories; whether they exist in reality and whether there's any way to reach them is an open question. This is the world where Jarda and Tirëlat are spoken, as well as a few other languages that haven't been as active lately.