Conlanging is the craft of creating languages. People create languages —conlangs— for all sorts of reasons, practical, theoretical and artistic. This book will show you how. The book has three parts, each aimed at a different level of experience; they are meant to be read in order, but more proficient readers may skip earlier sections.
- The Beginner level takes you through the steps of creating a conlang, without a lot of technical details and terms. With the help of this level, you can make an interesting conlang that doesn't accidentally copy the sound and feel of your native language.
- The Intermediate level takes you through the parts of a language, avoiding really esoteric technical details and terms, but providing a systematic working knowledge of the building blocks from which conlangs are made. With the help of this level, you can make conlangs with added depth.
- The Advanced level explores language features and techniques that can give a conlang extra flair. With the help of this level, you can make conlangs that are sophisticated, exotic, or even outright alien.
Table of Contents
State of the Book
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The information is essentially complete. However, additions and improvements can still be made.
How to contribute
You may contribute any linguistic knowledge you have, but
A high-quality module will be easy to understand while going in-depth, and will explain early and often how it could be used in a conlang. Examples are important, and detailed explanations are great things to have, without being redundant or droning on. So get out there and write some great modules!