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“Swinglish”

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 in Natural Languages

The “New language created” section caught my eye in this article on Red Wings Swedish hockey players. The section talks about the “hybrid language” of Swinglish, a combination of Swedish and English. It appears that the word (or idea) of Swinglish actually dates back to at least 2006 and 2007.

Although not a conlang per se, code-switching hybrid languages like Swinglish and Spanglish display a playful use of language and the ability to see language as a living thing. This concept is inherent in the art of conlanging. Language is not a fixed entity, but an ever-changing, ever-evolving natural thing.

Okay, I might be pushing it, but I still like the sound of the word Swinglish.

For some linguistic resources on the web, check out the Linguistics Online page of The Conlanger’s Library.

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