I got into linguistics by constructing languages, mostly by reading this very good guide which has only gotten better and more comprehensive since it was my main diversion. I concentrated in Linguistics at Grinnell, and continue to be interested in it. When I have time, I occasionally knock out some constructed language stuff.
Linguists don't always love learning languages; I couldn't tell you how many of my classmates complain about being asked "Oh you're a linguist? How many languages do you speak?" That said, I happen to love them. Over the years, I've studied (in order of familiarity) Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic, Russian, and Japanese.
I protest that I only speak one language, however, and that one badly.
There's not a lot of language stuff to show, but someday B"H I will have more to add. Right now this section has:
- The Grammar Description Format which is a half-baked markup language I have thought about using in an automatic writing framework.
- The Imperial Language Family a sketch of the historical development of an imaginary language family that I cooked up one day in Intro Linguistics when I probably should have been paying attention.
- A harebrained scheme for writing English with Hebrew letters.