The Art of Language Invention

The Art of Language Invention Author David J. Peterson
ISBN-10 9780698155671
Year 2015-09-29
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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An insider’s tour through the construction of invented languages from the bestselling author and creator of languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series Defiance From master language creator David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers. Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien’s creations and Klingon to today’s thriving global community of conlangers. He provides the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shiväisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson’s constructed languages. The Art of Language Invention is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art form—and it might be the most fun you’ll ever have with linguistics. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Art of Language Invention

The Art of Language Invention Author David J. Peterson
ISBN-10 9780143126461
Year 2015-09-29
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Penguin Books
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From master language creator David J. Peterson, creator of Game of Thrones' (HBO) Dothraki language, comes a creative guide to language construction. Peterson begins with a brief history of constructed languages, from Tolkien's creations to Klingon to the thriving global community of language construction. Then, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, Peterson offers a captivating and lucid overview, providing a basic foundation of essential linguistic tools for inventing and evolving one's own lexicon.

In the Land of Invented Languages

In the Land of Invented Languages Author Arika Okrent
ISBN-10 0385529716
Year 2009-05-19
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
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Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better language—and overcome the curse of Babel. Just about everyone has heard of Esperanto, which was nothing less than one man’s attempt to bring about world peace by means of linguistic solidarity. And every Star Trek fan knows about Klingon. But few people have heard of Babm, Blissymbolics, Loglan (not to be confused with Lojban), and the nearly nine hundred other invented languages that represent the hard work, high hopes, and full-blown delusions of so many misguided souls over the centuries. With intelligence and humor, Arika Okrent has written a truly original and enlightening book for all word freaks, grammar geeks, and plain old language lovers.

The Language Construction Kit

The Language Construction Kit Author Mark Rosenfelder
ISBN-10 098447000X
Year 2010
Pages 292
Language en
Publisher
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A guide to creating realistic languages for RPGs, fantasy and science fiction, movies or video games, or international communication... or just an unusual way to learn about how languages work.

From Elvish to Klingon

From Elvish to Klingon Author Michael Adams
ISBN-10 9780192807090
Year 2011-10-27
Pages 294
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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This fascinating book takes invented languages and explores the origins, purpose, and usage of these curious artefacts of culture. Written by experts in the field, chapters discuss a wide range of languages - from Esperanto to Klingon - and uncover the motives behind their creation and the outcomes of their existence.

How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps

How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps Author Jared Blando
ISBN-10 9781440340246
Year 2015-09-01
Pages 128
Language en
Publisher "F+W Media, Inc."
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The power of creation is at your fingertips! Orcs prepare for battle against high Elves, Dwarves retreat to the mountains and men march to the sea to reclaim crumbling fortresses. Fortunes are decided. Kingdoms are lost. Entire worlds are created. This book will teach you to bring your fictional realm to life with simple step-by-step instructions on how to draw authentic fantasy maps. Set the stage for adventure by illustrating domains, castles and battle lines, mountains, forests and sea monsters! Learn to create completely unique and fully functional RPG maps time and time again on which your world can unfold. All the skills necessary to create awe-inspiring maps are covered! Landscapes. Add depth, balance and plausibility with rocky coastlines, towering mountains, dark forests and rolling plains. Iconography. Mark important places--towns and cities, fortresses and bridges--with symbolic iconography for easy-to-understand maps. Typography. Learn how to place readable text and the basics of decorative script. Bonus instruction teaches you to create fonts for Orcs, Elves, Vikings and dragons. Heraldry and shield design. Depict cultural and political boundaries with shields and colors. Advanced cartography. Includes how to draw landmarks, country boundaries and political lines. Build roads to connect merchants and troops, troll cairns and dragon lairs. And complete your maps with creative backgrounds, elaborate compasses and thematic legends. 30+ step-by-step demonstrations illustrate how to construct an entire fantasy world map from start to finish--both digitally and by hand!

Endangered Languages

Endangered Languages Author Sarah G. Thomason
ISBN-10 9780521865739
Year 2015-04-23
Pages 242
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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An introduction to language endangerment. What is it? How and why does it happen? Why should we care?

Creating Language

Creating Language Author Morten H. Christiansen
ISBN-10 9780262034319
Year 2016-04-01
Pages 344
Language en
Publisher MIT Press
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A work that reveals the profound links between the evolution, acquisition, and processing of language, and proposes a new integrative framework for the language sciences.

The Dictionary of Made Up Languages

The Dictionary of Made Up Languages Author Stephen D Rogers
ISBN-10 9781440530395
Year 2011-10-15
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Can you converse in Klingon? Ask an Elf the time of day? Greet a speaker of Esperanto? These are among the more than 100 constructed languages you'll find in this book. For each one, author Stephen D. Rogers provides vocabulary, grammatical features, background information on the language and its inventor, and fascinating facts. What's more, easy-to-follow guidelines show you how to construct your own made-up language--everything from building vocabulary to making up a grammar. So pick up this dictionary! In no time, you'll be telling your friends, "Tsun oe nga-hu ni-Na'vi pangkxo a fì-'u oe-ru prrte' lu." ("It's a pleasure to be able to chat with you in Navi.")

Introducing Language Typology

Introducing Language Typology Author Edith A. Moravcsik
ISBN-10 9780521193405
Year 2013
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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This textbook provides an introduction to language typology which assumes minimal prior knowledge of linguistics.

Quantitative Corpus Linguistics with R

Quantitative Corpus Linguistics with R Author Stefan Th. Gries
ISBN-10 9781135895594
Year 2009-03-04
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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The first textbook of its kind, Quantitative Corpus Linguistics with R demonstrates how to use the open source programming language R for corpus linguistic analyses. Computational and corpus linguists doing corpus work will find that R provides an enormous range of functions that currently require several programs to achieve – searching and processing corpora, arranging and outputting the results of corpus searches, statistical evaluation, and graphing.

The Planet Construction Kit

The Planet Construction Kit Author Mark Rosenfelder
ISBN-10 0984470034
Year 2010-10
Pages 376
Language en
Publisher
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A companion volume to the Language Construction Kit, this book explains everything you need to know about creating your own world with its own geology, creatures, cultures, religions, technology, and styles of war- plus how to create maps, illustrations and 3-D models. An essential whether you're writing science fiction or fantasy, designing RPGs, creating movies or video games, or remodeling a spare asteroid.

Rhetoric in Tooth and Claw

Rhetoric in Tooth and Claw Author Debra Hawhee
ISBN-10 9780226398174
Year 2016-11-21
Pages 262
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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Bringing together classical rhetoric and the study of animals is not a trick for the faint-of-heart. Hawhee s ambition and skill here are astonishingcombining illumination of major texts of the rhetorical tradition with attention to the way animals show up in these great books of Aristotle, Demetrius, Longinus, Erasmus, and others, to show that nonhuman animals have made themselves indispensable to theories of language and communication, to inquiry, and to arts of memory and philosophies of mind. Speech or reason (logos) has traditionally been the focus of rhetoric (the art of effective language use), but sensation, feeling, and emotion are just as importantand this is where animals enter in. In fact they enter in very frequently when discussion centers on the extra-rational, or nonrational, aspects of communication. Nonhuman animals serve in these texts at times as sensible objects, but in large part they enter rhetoric s theories and treatises as moving, sensing creatures, as what Hawhee calls partners in feeling to their human counterparts. She meanwhile explores the use rhetoricians have made of references to animals in beast fables, ecphrases (vivid descriptions), discussions of memory, and mock encomia. Animals may emerge through Hawhee s account as partners in feeling, but they also function as emblems, and her attention to Renaissance emblems and its partner art, stylistic depiction, plays out some often intricate rhetorical resonances. This history of nonhuman animals in rhetoric retells that story, thus, as one animated by energy, force, liveliness, wondrous diversity, and astounding and often bloody violence, all at the behest of humans animal partners in feeling."

Bridge of Words

Bridge of Words Author Esther Schor
ISBN-10 9781429943413
Year 2016-10-04
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Metropolitan Books
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A rich and passionate biography of a language and the dream of world harmony it sought to realize In 1887, Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof, a Polish Jew, had the idea of putting an end to tribalism by creating a universal language, one that would be equally accessible to everyone in the world. The result was Esperanto, a utopian scheme full of the brilliance, craziness, and grandiosity that characterize all such messianic visions. In this first full history of a constructed language, poet and scholar Esther Schor traces the life of Esperanto. She follows the path from its invention by Zamenhof, through its turn-of-the-century golden age as the great hope of embattled cosmopolites, to its suppression by nationalist regimes and its resurgence as a bridge across the Cold War. She plunges into the mechanics of creating a language from scratch, one based on rational systems that would be easy to learn, politically neutral, and allow all to speak to all. Rooted in the dark soil of Europe, Esperanto failed to stem the continent's bloodletting, of course, but as Schor shows, the ideal continues draw a following of modern universalists dedicated to its visionary goal. Rich and subtle, Bridge of Words is at once a biography of an idea, an original history of Europe, and a spirited exploration of the only language charged with saving the world from itself.

Describing Morphosyntax

Describing Morphosyntax Author Thomas Edward Payne
ISBN-10 0521588057
Year 1997-10-09
Pages 413
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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Current estimates are that around 3,000 of the 6,000 languages now spoken may become extinct during the next century. Some 4,000 of these existing languages have never been described, or described only inadequately. This book is a guide for linguistic fieldworkers who wish to write a description of the morphology and syntax of one of these many under-documented languages. It uses examples from many languages both well known and virtually unknown; it offers readers one possible outline for a grammatical description, with many questions designed to help them address the key topics. The appendices offer guidance on text and elicited data, and on sample reference grammars which readers might wish to consult.