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Re: Conlang Books - Reviews & Recommendations

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 22:23
On 1/23/08, Sai Emrys <sai@...> wrote:

> Feel free to include books that are not *about* conlangs as such, but > have significantly affecting your conlanging (e.g. WF&DT above). And > feel free to include reviews of books that have already been > mentioned.
I'll second your recommendations of Eco's _Search for the Perfect Language_ and Payne's _Describing Morphosyntax_. Another book that was influential on some of my early diachronic conlangs was Owen Barfield's _Poetic Diction_. I haven't read it in more than a decade so I can't describe it in detail, but part of it talks about the histories of certain words, and how one word with a broad sense mutated into multiple words with more specific senses; I had a lot of that going on in my first real conlang, Pliv, and in Toaliralolo/Thauliralau. After the discussions of Natural Semantic Metalanguage here a few months ago, I found and read Anna Wierzbicka's _Semantics: Primes and Universals_. It hasn't influenced my conlanging yet because I've hardly done any in recent months, but it probably will in the future - I want to try using NSM (preferably a gzb version of NSM) to define new [and existing] words in gzb. -- Jim Henry