Johannes Hendrik Van Steenbergen
Translator and Interpreter Polish/Dutch
Ijmuiden (the Netherlands)
From November 12 to November 19, 2018
“Constructed languages in the 21th century” describes how constructed languages have been affected by the Digital Age. Not only has their number grown exponentially, they have also become more diverse. Conlangs play an increasingly prominent role in fiction and popular culture, and the process of globalisation opens new perspectives for auxiliary languages, especially zonal and regional languages. This emancipation of constructed languages has led to broader social acceptation, growing academic interest, the rise of conlang communities and the formation of an international organization, but also poses new problems, for example, their status as “real” languages and the issue of conlang classification.