The fictional worlds created in science fiction and fantasy sometimes contain characters that speak languages invented for these fictional worlds. These fictional languages are a category of constructed languages that is known as artistic languages. Some well-known examples:

It is easy to speculate that most people who learn such languages are fans of the fictional worlds for which they were invented—though some people learn them for linguistic reaons—, but are there any surveys or studies on this?

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    As a side note, I'm learning Klingon not because I'm a star trek fan but because of the unusual syntax and grammar of the language. It's more of a linguistic experiment for me. – fi12 Sep 30 '16 at 12:05
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    The same is true for many Klingon-speakers. I personally had never seen an episode of Star Trek when I started learning Klingon, and thought Klingons were "the pointy-eared guys". Since then, however, I have seen all of the series and movies. – loghaD Sep 30 '16 at 20:31
  • Thanks, @ChristopheStrobbe! And I very much agree, although some in the Klingon-speaking community actually opposed it, as they wanted more people to use the fora that already exist, rather than split up the community. Personally I think the additional interest we could have garnered through Stack Exchange would well have been worth it, though. – loghaD Sep 30 '16 at 20:45

There are three surveys that come to mind regarding Klingon:

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  • [several years later] the first 'survey of Klingon-speakers' you have linked is sadly giving me a 404, if you happen to have an alternative location for it? – Mithrandir24601 Jun 6 at 23:57
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    It's still available on Wayback Machine :) (And, in case that also goes offline one day, it appears that the Royal Library in Stockholm has an archive of all Swipnet pages, but it may not be online due to GDPR.) – loghaD Jun 8 at 7:18

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