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Re: tips for new conlangers

From:The Gray Wizard <dbell@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 30, 2001, 11:28
> From: Yoon Ha Lee > > On Fri, 29 Jun 2001, Robert Hailman wrote: > > > "[Adam K. Shuck]" wrote: > > > Hey - this is Adam. I'm not a new conlanger, but I was wondering if > > > anyone > > > had any tips to help me start up a new language. I have some good > > > ideas, but > > > I can't seem to begin the outline of the language. Thanks. > > > > Well, it's all up to you, but... > > > > Have you checked out Mark Rosenfelder's Language Construction Kit? I > > don't have the exact link handy, but you can get to it from > > That's a good place to start. > > I second that recommendation. And the outline below is a pretty good > approximation to how I work it. :-) I tend to start with phonology > because I want to be able to work with *sounds* before I can do anything > else. My mind just doesn't handle abstracted patterns very well. > > A book I've found very helpful in terms of offering questions for > contemplating/filling in is Thomas Payne's _Describing Morphosyntax_, > which was recommended at various points by various other members on the > list. It's worth at least looking at if you can track down a copy.
I strongly second Yoon Ha Lee's recommendation here. Payne's book is, IMHO, an absolute must for conlangers. This is about as close to a conlanger's cookbook as anything I've seen. Read it, study it, apply it. Stay curious, David David E. Bell The Gray Wizard Wisdom begins in wonder.


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