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Constructed languages

Books about constructed languages, including international auxiliary languages, fictional languages, philosophical languages and logical languages.

In the Land of Invented Languages

In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius

by Arika Okrent

- covers the history of language invention from Hildegard of Bingen's Lingua Ignota; through philosophical languages like the one John Wilkins devised; International Auxiliary languages like Esperanto and Volapük; logical languages like Loglan and Lojban; to fictional languages like Quenya, Sindarin and Klingon. The author tells the stories behind these languages and the people who invented them, meets some of the inventors who are still around, learns some of the languages, and goes to meet ups for some of them.

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From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages

From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages

by Michael Adams

- a lively investigation of all manner of invented languages. Each chapter focuses on a different language, or group of languages, and explores the origins, purpose, and usage of these curious artifacts of culture. We learn about the new languages invented to enhance the experience of video and online games, from the complexities of Gargish, the language of gargoyles in Ultima VI, to Simlish, the emotionally expressive language of The Sims, and 1334, the entirely exclusionary and satirical language of international gamers. We also learn about the futuristic languages, Newspeak and Nadsat, invented by George Orwell and Anthony Burgess in their dystopian novels 1984 and A Clockwork Orange, and many more. The book explores all aspects of invented languages--their unique grammar, vocabulary, and usage - and includes fascinating analysis of sample dialogues and expressions.

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The Dictionary of Made-Up Languages

The Dictionary of Made-Up Languages

by Stephen D. Rogers

- 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.

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The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth

The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth

by Ruth S Noel

- This is the book on all of Tolkien's invented languages, spoken by hobbits, elves, and men of Middle-earth - a dicitonary of fourteen languages, an English-Elvish glossary, all the runes and alphabets, and material on Tolkien the linguist.

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The Language Construction Kit

The Language Construction Kit

by Mark Rosenfelder

- Create plausible and realistic languages for RPGs, fantasy and science fiction, movies or video games, or international communication ... or just learn about how languages work from an unusual, light-hearted perspective. The Language Construction Kit on zompist.com has helped a generation of conlangers to understand and create languages. It's expanded here with coverage of semantics and pragmatics, language families, writing systems, and sample wordlists, as well as an annotated sample grammar

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