Language Creation Society

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Language Creation Society (LCS)
501(c)(3) non-profit
Predecessor UC Berkeley LCS student group (2005-2007)
Founded 2007
Founder Sai (President, 2007-2011)
Headquarters Garden Grove, California, United States
Area served
Key people
Members 109 (2014)
Slogan Fiat Lingua
Footnotes / references

The Language Creation Society (LCS) is a non-profit organization formed to promote constructed languages (conlangs), support makers of constructed languages (conlangers), and inform the general public about conlangs and the conlanger community. The LCS also acts as an intermediary for creative people seeking conlangs for use in creative works (in any media) and for conlangers seeking professional work.

Professional services[edit]

A client's request describing their needs and the type of conlang(s) they want is sent to a list of conlangers seeking work; the proposals submitted by the conlangers are then peer-reviewed in a double-blind process by a panel of volunteers who are not seeking such work, or at least not candidates for that particular job. The proposals thought best by the peer reviewers are then forwarded to the client, who selects one to be more fully developed by its creator.[3] To date, the LCS has been hired by HBO, and contracted David J. Peterson to create the Dothraki language for its series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin's series of epic fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire.[4] Olivier Simon was selected by LCS to create "Leosprache" for the German short-film Der Liebe Leo.[5]

Community support[edit]

Most online conlanger fora and communities predate the LCS and are independent of it (e.g. the CONLANG mailing list and Zompist Bulletin Board). The LCS provides web hosting for a number of newer community-oriented projects, including the Conlang Atlas of Language Structures, a mirror of the CONLANG mailing list archives, a conlang blog aggregator, and archive hosting of deceased conlangers' websites, in addition to hosting for individual members' conlang-oriented homepages.[6]

The LCS started a podcast in February 2009;[7] as of October 2010, an academic journal is in the works as well.[8][irrelevant citation]

The LCS also holds a Language Creation Conference roughly every other year; conferences so far were held in 2006 (Berkeley, California), 2007 (Berkeley, California), 2009 (Providence, Rhode Island), 2011 (Groningen, the Netherlands), 2013 (Austin, Texas), and 2015 (Horsham, West Sussex)[9]

LCS Members[edit]

Several of the LCS members and associates have been hired as linguistic consultants. Bill Welden was a consultant for the Lord of the Rings trilogy for Elvish.[10] Many have degrees in linguistics, and some are currently working on projects that are covered by non-disclosure agreements.[4] David J. Peterson was hired as the linguistic consultant for the TV series Game of Thrones to develop the Dothraki language.[11]

Language Creation Conference[edit]

The Language Creation Conference, or LCC, is an annual or biennial conference held by LCS.[12] It focuses primarily on the process of creating new languages, but also features talks that focus on features of various specific languages. Activities include technical linguistic discussions and general, sociological, or philosophical debates and discussions.

Year Conference City Country Local Host(s)
1st 2006 LCC1 Berkeley, California United States Sai
2nd 2007 LCC2 Berkeley, California United States Sai and Alex Fink
3rd 2009 LCC3 Providence, Rhode Island United States David Durand
4th 2011 LCC4 Groningen Netherlands Christophe Grandsire
5th 2013 LCC5 Austin, Texas United States Alex Sands
6th 2015 LCC6 Horsham, West Sussex United Kingdom Pete Bleackley, Alex Fink and Lykara Ryder


  1. ^ "Officers and Directors". Language Creation Society. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Minutes from 6th LCS members meeting". Language Creation Society. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "An interview with David J. Peterson and Sai Emrys about Dothraki and the Language Creation Society". Usona Esperantisto, 2010:5. 
  4. ^ a b Ellen B. Wright (April 22, 2010). "Creating Dothraki: An Interview with David J. Peterson and Sai Emrys". 
  5. ^ "Philip Newton, introduction to showing of ''Der Liebe Leo'' at LCC4". Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  6. ^ "LCS Web Hosting". Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  7. ^ "Language Creation Society» Blog Archive » Welcome to the Language Creation Society blog/podcast". 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
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  9. ^ "Language Creation Conference". LCC. Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  10. ^ "Defenders of The Ring up in arms at myth in the making". Times Higher Education. 2001-08-03. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  11. ^ Poniewozik, James (2010-04-12). "Today in Fictional-Language News: HBO Speaks Dothraki - Tuned In -". Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Language Creation Conference". Language Creation Society. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 

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