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Re: Books for conlangers

From:John Quijada <jq_ithkuil@...>
Date:Friday, September 9, 2005, 17:42
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>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).


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>