The Beginner section of the conlanging wikibook is designed to allow students who have no prior knowledge of conlanging or linguistics to readily create their own language in a way that will ensure they do not simply create a relex of English. The Beginner section aims to keep technical terminology to a bare minimum.
What's in this section?
The purpose of the Beginner section of this book is to introduce you to the fundamentals of constructing languages. Each section is designed to cover the basic principles of a different aspect of languages, both natural and constructed. The sections are:
- Sounds: This section describes the role of sounds within language. If you only speak English, you may be surprised to learn what sounds are common in other languages!
- Words: Words are formed in many different ways around the world; this section will begin to explore those different methods.
- Grammar: This section shows how word order or words themselves are changed to show meaning. After all, a collection of words is not a language!
- Writing: Almost all languages have a visual representation, known as writing. Many conlangers invent elaborate writing systems before they even begin work on the language itself.
- Learning Your Conlang: Describes basic techniques to gain fluency in your conlang.