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Questions tagged [conlang]

This tag is meant for questions about constructed languages and the construction of new languages for fictional worlds.

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How many unique sounds should be in a Conlang? [migrated]

When making a constructed language what number of unique sounds should I aim for? At the moment I have 90 unique vowel/diphthong sounds that use tonal and length distinction. In addition I've chosen ...
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Should Mark Rosenfelder books be recommended to amateur conlangers instead of university-educated ones? [migrated]

I've got most of Mark Rosenfelder's books on conlanging except The Syntax Construction Kit (which I'm not sure I need) and a 'holy musical magic language' called Fae Spraesh which is developing ...
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Could Glosa Be Spoken BCE? [closed]

From the rough draft of Interglossa in 1943 came Glosa, from the Greek word meaning "tongue". But it's not clear when Interglossa ended and when Glosa began. What IS clear about Glosa is that it is ...
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How Could A Very Complex Language Arise?

Many efforts have been made to construct simpler languages that are easier to learn (e.g. Esperanto), and relatively simple language arise naturally in the form of pidgins and creoles, when people ...
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A lingua franca for aliens in a galactic zoo [closed]

The setting of this world is a galactic zoo in which numerous species of sentient aliens coexist at a primitive tech level. Each species can be assumed to have their own language and therefore ...
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Creating Language for a Comic

Does anybody have experience creating languages for the world they are creating? I am world building for a comic, and I am by no means a linguist. If I could avoid making an entirely new language I ...
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5x5 Biome Scale possibility?

My world has a conlang that heavily emphasizes words in 'grades' of 5. For example the words for issues are grouped as: Danger-Threat-Risk-Hazard-Situation. Usually it isn't hard to find a set of ...
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Is there something like “Open Source Elvish”?

I am preparing world for my novel. One of the races in my world is elves. To make my world believable I would like to incorporate the Elvish language. I am big fan of Tolkien or Sapkowski's Elvish ...
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What is (if any) the commonly accepted phonetic set for a fictitious language?

I am working on developing a fictitious language, and was wondering if there exists a commonly accepted set of phonemes which could be used. I specifically don't want it to be similar to Indo-...
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Tips for a language spoken by a guinea pig-like race [closed]

The most advanced race in my custom universe is a race of guinea pig-like aliens. They are short and have titanium bones, considering their homeworld has a gravity of 1.7 g. The nervous system ...
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Does anyone have any good strategies for making glyphs? [duplicate]

I could spend weeks trying to make a script and the glyphs are still either extremely ugly or just a bunch of scribbles. Then, I look at things like Moonsong and Sun Script and I have no idea how ...
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Word lists for constructed languages

When building a language for your world, words are "surprisingly" important. All natural language have words of some kind and only extremely experimental constructed languages lack them. Word choice ...
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What are some tips for designing symbols for a constructed language?

Constructed languages are the life blood of imaginary cultures. If a culture speaks an earthly language, how can we be expected to believe that we are in a different culture? While every detail is ...
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What are some steps / guidelines for making a constructed language?

I wanted to create a constructed language for a species in my world that other people will be able to speak , but I have no idea where to start at all , and I am very confused. My Question is : what ...
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How alien can a language be - grammar?

While we have notable variation in grammar certain patterns can be found in almost all human languages. For example verbs, nouns and adjectives can be found in some form. They are strung together into ...
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How does one go about developing the sound of a language for a particular culture in a world? [closed]

In Worldbuilding, linguistica communication within and between cultures can greatly affect how the world is shaped. How does one make an invented language's aesthetic qualities sound authentic as ...