> > The thread discussing the survival of Welsh and other Celtic
> >languages reminded me of something I heard on television. In one of
> >those little filler pieces between shows, it was mentioned that there
> >are more speakers of the invented language Klingon than there are
> >speakers of nearly 200 real but endangered languages. Strange
> >but apparently true.
> Dubious at best, & based on sales of the books rather than the number of
> people that actually pass the hammer&thumb test.
Not so unlikely, given the fact that these 200 or so languages have less
than 100 speakers each (e.g. Ainu in Hokkaido and Sakhalin with 15 speakers
in 1991). After all, the Klingon fanatics have regular meetings and
publications (and they are translating Shakespeare and the Bible to tlhingan
Hol), so there must be some people who can really speak it. (Who knows,
perhaps even more than the 150 speakers of Kernewek Unyes, Kemmyn and
Curnoack together...) For more info on what the Klingon lunatics are up to,