Re: Books for conlangers
|From:||John Quijada <jq_ithkuil@...>|
|Date:||Friday, September 9, 2005, 17:42|
>I'd like to compile a list of book recommendations for conlangers
In addition to the Payne book mentioned by Henrik, as well as any good
introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (I'm sure Peter Ladefoged's will
do), I would strongly recommend Lakoff and Johnson's "Metaphors We Live By"
which demonstrates how the lexico-semantic layer of natural languages is
far more dependent on metaphor than any native speaker realizes, and that
those metaphors are specific to individual language families and
languages. Personally, I don't see how anyone can accomplish the design of
a realistic-seeming natlang-style conlang without reading this book (unless
you don't mind all of your conlang's subconsciously-constructed lexico-
semantic metaphors to be suspiciously like those of your native language).