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Re: Conlang Books - Reviews & Recommendations

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, January 24, 2008, 19:56
Latin to Romance in Sound Charts - not only an indispensible ref for
romlangers, but an eye-opening window on how language change works in

Pinker's books provide good insight for the non-linguist into the
cognition of language, which is helpful when designing a priori.  What
would a completely novel lang have that's the same?  What's likely
different?  How might those answers change for a non-human race?

On 1/24/08, Donald Boozer <donaldboozer@...> wrote:
> I have to put a plug in for Guy Deutscher's The > Unfolding of Language. From a professional or academic > linguist standpoint, I'm sure it has its shortcomings; > BUT, from a completely lay perspective (i.e., mine), I > think it's a great, easy-to-digest history of > linguistic evolution. From a conlanger perspective, > it's basic ideas would be tailor-made to use as the > building blocks of a language working from the ground > up. As an introduction to this topic, I thoroughly > enjoyed it (enough to purchase the paperback when it > came out). > > Another one I read recently was The First Word by > Christine Kenneally ISBN 978-0670034901. This one got > bogged down in a couple spots, but it did an excellent > job in outlining the supposed origins of language > itself as well as the current state and history of > academic investigation into this long-ignored realm. > Once again, from a conlanger's perspective, one might > be able to incorporate some ideas into a conworld > setting and use these concepts to explain why your > language has the traits that it does. > > > > ____________________________________________________________________________________ > Never miss a thing. Make Yahoo your home page. > >
-- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>