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Re: New here

From:Eduard Ralph <conlang@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 30, 2005, 5:21
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht----- > Von: Constructed Languages List [mailto:CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU] Im > Auftrag von Yahya Abdal-Aziz > Gesendet: Dienstag, 30. August 2005 06:57 > An: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU > Betreff: New here > > Hi all! > > Just joined, and am new at conlanging, too. :-) > > About a month ago, I started cooking up a new language for the fun of it, > little realising what depths I might need to plumb ... > > I've had a quick browse of a few recent posts, and the enormity of my > grammatical ignorance now appals me ... Clearly, I'm going to have to get > up to speed on, for one thing, several kinds of case that I haven't > encountered previously in my linguistic travels. Any pointers > appreciated! > > Regards, > Yahya
Welcome to the list, fellow newbie and ignorant. :-) I just introduced myself the other day and some on the list were so nice to suggest following. (The original post was from Paul on Sunday, the response from taliensin)
> > Here are a few books you ought to consider buying: > > > > A Dictionary Of Grammatical Terms In Linguistics, Trask
> There's also his "A dictionary of phonetics and phonology", which I > recommend.
> > Language Universals And Linguistic Typology, Comrie
> Pssh, Comrie is much easier to read than Croft's "Typology and > universals". Croft's "Radical Construction Grammar" is interesting though,
> except for the middle third that reads like molasses.
> > Describing Morphosyntax, Payne
> This is the bible. Be aware that it doesn't cover *everything*, just 80% > or so of grammar. If you answer every question in it you'll still not know
> how to compare things or say which is <adjective>r. It is also rather > light on pronunciation and script.
> > The World's Writing Systems, Daniels & Bright
> This one is incredibly expensive. I recommend finding it in a library and > photocopyting the introduction and scripts that captures your eye.
> A good website for scripts is
> > You also ought to become familiar with the IPA (International Phonetic > > Alphabet) and CXS, which is how we represent the IPA in ASCII.
> The book to get here is:
> Handbook of the International Phonetic Association
> not because it teaches you the IPA, but because it lists what sounds many > languages use, being a great inspiration.
> Oh, and as usual, you learn by doing. Welcome to the list!
Hope it helps, Eduard