A New Language Born

Nicholas C. Rossis

So, you have decided to go full-Tolkien and create your own language. But wait – how are languages formed, anyway? I mean, we know that languages die all the time. But are new languages ever born?

This is exactly what Simge Topaloğlu discusses on Quora. As he explains, yes, new languages are being born. But this only happens under very specific circumstances. For example, if you want a new language to be born from scratch, you would ideally need a community that does not have a language to begin with, so they have to invent one.
As you might imagine, such a situation does not come to pass that often.
Luckily for us, though, a very famous incident of language emergence occurred in Nicaragua: Nicaraguan Sign Language.

Nicaraguan Sign Language

There had been no schools for the Deaf in Nicaragua before the 1970s. Most Deaf people lived in isolated communities…

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