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2017

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Wednesday, May 3
Time: All day event
Summary: George Psalmanazar died, 1763.
Description: He claimed to be the first Formosan to visit Europe. For some years he convinced many in Britain, but was later revealed to be an impostor. In 1704 Psalmanazar published a book entitled An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa, an Island subject to the Emperor of Japan which purported to be a detailed description of Formosan customs, geography and political economy, but which was in fact a complete invention. The "facts" contained in the book were an amalgam of other travel reports, and were especially influenced by accounts of the Aztec and Inca civilization in the New World and by embellished descriptions of Japan. Psalmanazar's book also described the Formosan language and alphabet, which is significant for being an early example of a constructed language. His efforts in this regard were so convincing that German grammarians were including samples of his so-called "Formosan alphabet" in books of languages well into the 18th century, even after his larger imposture had been exposed.
Friday, May 5
Time: All day event
Summary: Afrikaans becomes an official language, 1925.
Description: Previously it had been considered a simplified Dutchdialect.
Tuesday, May 9
Time: All day event
Summary: U.S. premiere of The Fifth Element (movie), 1997, featuring the Universal Language created by Luc Besson and refined by Milla Jovovich.
Thursday, May 11
Time: All day event
Summary: Feast Day of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, creators of Cyrillic alphabet (Eastern Orthodox Calendar)
Tuesday, May 16
Time: All day event
Summary: Dr. Victoria Fromkin, creator of Pakuni, born, 1923
Friday, May 19
Time: All day event
Summary: In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent published, 2009.
Wednesday, May 24
Time: All day event
Summary: Cyrillic Alphabet Day
Saturday, May 27
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Summary: Conlang meetup
Wednesday, June 7
Time: All day event
Summary: Feast day of St Gotteschalk, patron of linguists
Thursday, June 15
Time: All day event
Summary: Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire (film) released, 2001 - Featured Atlantean language created by Klingon creator Marc Okrand.
Saturday, June 24
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Summary: Conlang meetup
Thursday, July 6
Time: All day event
Summary: Language Creation Society Incorporation Date (2007)
Description: This was the day the LCS was founded. It was founded in Berkeley by Sai Emrys, David Peterson, and John Clifford.
Sunday, July 16
Time: All day event
Summary: Otto Jesperson, creator of Novial, born on this day in 1860.
Tuesday, July 18
Time: All day event
Summary: Martin Schleyer, creator of Volapük, born 1831.
Wednesday, July 19
Time: All day event
Summary: Discovery of the Rosetta Stone, 1799
Friday, July 21
Time: All day event
Summary: Dr. James Cooke Brown, creator of Loglan, born on this day in 1921.
Saturday, July 22
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Summary: Conlang meetup
Wednesday, July 26
Time: All day event
Summary: Unua Libro, the first publication to describe Esperanto, published on this day in Russian in 1887.
Thursday, July 27
Time: All day event
Summary: Pres. John Quincy Adams responds to James Ruggles in a letter dated this date, 1827 (http://bit.ly/8Z1n9K - p. 178).
Description: Ruggles is arguably the first person to develop a language which mixed the categorizing of knowledge typified by Wilkins and the streamlining of language epitomized by Esperanto. Johann Schleyer's Volapük, which most see as the first language of this type, would not appear until 1880. The Ohioan Ruggles beat Schleyer by over fifty years! However, Volapük would gain much wider notice than the Universal Language, and Ruggles would become one of the more obscure figures in conlanging.
Saturday, July 29
Time: All day event
Summary: CONLANG mailing list founded, 1991.
Time: All day event
Summary: The Fellowship of the Ring (book) published, 1954.

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