Time for a little light-hearted break, I think.
When I first went on Omniglot.com, I was struck by so many things, among them the number of languages I’d never heard of, and the number of languages that either seemed to have been made up recently for intellectual amusement or seemed to be altogether fictitious.
So with that in mind, I offer you this little quiz. Needless to say, you can find the answers on the Internet very quickly. The aim is for you to try to see how far you can get without cheating (i.e. researching via omniglot, wikipedia, ethnologue, and so on). Here goes:
1. Which of the following are writing systems specifically created for films, TV series, works of fiction, as alternatives to existing scripts, or purely for intellectual amusement?
2. Which of the following are genuine names of existing languages, and which are anagrams of genuine existing names of existing languages?
3. A number of alphabets or syllabaries are thought or known to have been the creation of a single person. Which of the following did NOT create an alphabet? (There may be more than one correct answer.)
King Farnavaz of Georgia
Dr. Flo Darvin Lewis
Sir Isaac Pitman
The Reverend James Evans
Momolu Duwalu Bukele
George Bernard Shaw
Zog of Albania