Writing

From the Ground Up – Language Construction Primer

There’s something amazing about reading a book with another language. Not a foreign language, but a language that writers of the book made up.

Constructed languages are known as Con-Langs.  Feel free to look it up here!

You might be wondering how to inscribe some Elven, Dwarven or otherwise alien language into a book.  That would be a feature…but a whole language?

Well, not a whole language, or at least not unless you would like to.  In Tolkien’s book, Lord of the Rings, the language inscribed on the one ring, A.K.A. Black Speech is one inscription.  Just one sentence.

A language can be peripheral to the book’s plot and still be just as real.

So, where does one start?

This sort of thing has been going on for a while.  Con-Langs are a sub-culture on the internet.  In fact, you can google starter worksheets and basic templates.

As well, I’m going to link you to this book:  The Language Construction Kit.

http://www.zompist.com/kit.html

It is available online to some extent but the people who made it also made a physical copy.  Link below…

http://www.amazon.com/The-Language-Construction-Mark-Rosenfelder/dp/098447000X

If starting up a Con-Lang for a book or even just as a small hobby interests you, I’d recommend this book as a good primer.

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