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Re: Books for conlangers

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Saturday, September 10, 2005, 10:48
On Sat, 10 Sep 2005 05:42, John Quijada wrote:
> =?UTF-8?Q?=E8=BD=A1=E8=99=AB_=28kutsuwamushi=29?= wrote: > >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
That sounds exactly what I need for my Yhe Vala Lakha, Nu Aves Khara-Ansha, Li' Anyerra Tarah and related languages - since the metaphors a broad-spectrum predator or a ursine diversivore might be expected to use, are rather different from a largely sedentary farming omnivorous species.
> 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).
-- Clinersterton beademung, with all of love - RIP James Blish ----- Mau e ki, he aha te mea nui? You ask, what is the most important thing? Maku e ki, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata. I reply, it is people, it is people, it is people.