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
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 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
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 20:31

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There are three surveys that come to mind regarding Klingon:

  • [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? Commented Jun 6, 2020 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
    Commented Jun 8, 2020 at 7:18
  • I just put up a page on Klingon academic papers over at Klingonska Akademien which might be of tangential interest if you're looking for more information about Klingon, specifically. klingonska.org/academic
    – zrajm
    Commented Aug 23, 2020 at 20:54
  • @zrajm Adding your website as an answer would be welcome, preferably with a short explanation about what the link contains. Alternatively you could edit it into this answer if loghaD is no longer active.
    – Tommi
    Commented Aug 25, 2020 at 7:31

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