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Constructed Languages: Conlangs as Linguistic Vehicles
Transcript of Constructed Languages: Conlangs as Linguistic Vehicles
conlangs as linguistic vehicles
we're no strangers to conlangs.
so let's not focus too much on the
let's talk about why
conlanging is important.
Creative pursuits often
architectural design ::
for the first time,
linguistics is not just
because conlanging becomes your sandbox.
, and you
Have you heard of
Now let's justify that
with an example.
Let me tell you about Ithkuil.
How many of you had trouble memorizing the IPA?
Phonetic Inventory of Ithkuil
How much do you know about tone languages?
Tones of Ithkuil
Or about agglutinative morphology?
how complex can one "word" be?
"purportedly by means of the value derived from all the varied attributes of humanity"
...and the list goes on.
Ithkuil is an experiment.
as most conlangs are.
But to experiment successfully,
the creator must
learn & understand
At first, linguistics may seem
like a lot of memorization.
All of that changes when
you can use what you learn in class
to create something unique.
let's change gears.
and I will talk about
As my knowledge of linguistics has grown,
so has my conlang.
yaraá łusi «sayari» luraa’sarsii, sirisaá łaasi łaá siri.
Parts of my conlang fall vaguely into two categories:
For every utterance,
the verb must indicate the
subject and object's
position relative to the speaker.
I call this "morphological deixis."
It is not found in natural languages.
"That woman hurt that animal."
"This (my) dog hurt that woman."
This is just one of several features I have engineered
as a test of human ability to
łaá siri makes the
out of a
It also has a complex system of
morphophonological pitch accent.
"I have spoken to them."
"I have not spoken to them."
Oh, and it has
no personal pronouns!
(This is taken care of with morphological deixis.)
Hopefully I have shown:
conlanging and linguistics need not
be in competition.
you no longer need to
Conlanging is inherently
It is a sandbox for ideas.
A place to
Conlanging is not just making up words.
It is mirrors the complexity of
natural human language.
Conlang is an
which makes an