Thanks to all who attended my presentation on conlangs for fiction. I hope these slides prove useful.
However, if you’re serious about constructed languages, you should invest in David J. Peterson’s “The Art of Language Invention.” Be prepared, there’s a lot to learn from it and it isn’t all going to fall in place right off. Still, he writes clearly – and with some humor. Buy lots of highlighters.
Other books I have found useful:
- “The Language Construction Kit”, by Mark Rosenfelder. [Amazon ebook] A rather intense overview of conlanging. A cheap start if you think you might be interested and enough to keep you from shooting yourself in the foot.
- “A Practical Introduction to Phonetics”, by J.C. Catford. How will your language sound? A very good tutorial on how humans speak.
- “Introducing Morphology”, by Rochelle Lieber. [Amazon ebook]. Fascinating in its own right, but an invaluable aid in lexicon building.
- “Syntax: A Generative Introduction” 3rd Edition, by Andrew Carnie [Amazon ebook] Yes, diagramming sentences sucks, but if you’re going to get deep into generating your own grammar, you need to understand it. A palatable introduction.
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