The Intermediate section of this book is for those who are familiar with the basic elements of conlangs (or of languages in general), and want to learn how to create a conlang with added depth. The Intermediate section assumes prior familiarity with technical terms only up to the minimal level explained by the Beginner section.
What's in this section?
The purpose of the Intermediate section of this book is to familiarize you with the internal structure of different elements of language, and basic terminology for discussing them. Each section is designed to cover details of a different facet of languages, natural and constructed. The sections are:
- Sound notation: Different languages — or even different dialects of the same language — may have different rules for how written words should be pronounced. This section introduces an alphabet for representing just the sounds of human speech, no matter what language the sounds are being used in.
- Phonetics and phonology: How the sounds of a language (phonetics) fit together to form a system (phonology).
- Grammar: How words change and combine to determine meaning.
- History: How languages change over time.
- Writing systems: The many and varied written representations of language.
- Tips for adding irregularities to your conlangs: Kinds and causes of irregularities in a language.
- Exploring new realms: Some thoughts on deliberately leaving the beaten path.