Re: New here
|From:||Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, September 10, 2005, 2:08|
Yahya Abdal-Aziz wrote:
> 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!
A little leftfield maybe, but I really, really recommend Guy Deutscher's
The Unfolding of Language. I was flicking through the bookshelves
idly a few days ago when I came across it. It's one of the best layman's
introductions to language I've came across. After that, get Describing
Morphosyntax. Both books together will give you exactly the start you