[LMB] conlang speakers

Damien Sullivan phoenix at mindstalk.net
Wed Sep 9 04:53:28 BST 2020


On Mon, Sep 07, 2020 at 10:53:16PM -0500, Eric Oppen wrote:
> I think more people can speak Klingon or Sindarin than Esperanto.

Wikipedia gives estimates that Esperanto has 1,000 to several thousand
*native* speakers (I personally knew two!) (also George Soros and his
brother), some of them multigenerational, and 63,000 to 2 million
speakers in general.  The estimate for fluent Klingon speakers is
dozens.  There is one report of a failed attempt to raise a kid speaking
Klingon.

Klingon lacked a vocabulary useful for daily life, only getting a word
for 'bridge' in 2012.

Duolingo does claim more learners of High Valyrian (533K) and Klingon
(298K) than Esperanto (287K), but what that means in practice is
unclear.  Besides, that's learners coming from just English.

'There are more than 25,000 Esperanto books, both originals and
translations, as well as several regularly distributed Esperanto
magazines. In 2013 a museum about Esperanto opened in China.[123]
Esperantists use the language for free accommodations with Esperantists
in 92 countries using the Pasporta Servo or to develop pen pals through
Esperanto Koresponda Servo [eo].[124]'

'The largest Esperanto book service at the Universal Esperanto
Association offers around 4,000 books in its catalog. About 130 novels
have been published originally in Esperanto.[2] Three major literary
magazines: Fonto, Literatura Foiro, and Beletra Almanako, are published
regularly; some other magazines, such as Monato, also publish fiction. '



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