Meet the Halifax man who invents new languages, an

2022-04-05
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When we think of new “made-up”?languages, Esperanto?comes to mind. It was invented by a Polish eye doctor in the late 19th century. J.R.R. Tolkien created multiple languages for the Lord of the Rings series. And over the last 25 years, Jamin Johnson, a man living in Halifax, has nimbly invented over nine languages.

“A lot of times people just create one language and it is their main everythingAnschober, and all the ideas they have get routed into that language,” Johnson said. “Which I would love to have, but a lot of the ideas I have are just too disparate to fit into one category.”

Johnson, who grew up in upstate New York and moved to Canada in 2019?when his partner was hired at Dalhousie University,Recreational travel within B.C.?creates some of his languages as a freelancer for novelists, board game creators and theatre companiesa major vaccine manufacturer. For instance, he is currently developing?a language called Brooding with the Riddlesbrood Theatre Company in Burlington, N.J.

When he lived in the United States, he’d sometimes attend rehearsals to help the cast with their pronunciation. The younger kids, he said, were especially fluent.

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