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

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.

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

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

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

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."

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

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

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 Planet Construction Kit

The Planet Construction Kit Author Mark Rosenfelder
ISBN-10 0984470034
Year 2010-10
Pages 376
Language en

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.

Describing Morphosyntax

Describing Morphosyntax Author Thomas Edward Payne
ISBN-10 0521588057
Year 1997-10-09
Pages 413
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press

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.

Introducing Language Typology

Introducing Language Typology Author Edith A. Moravcsik
ISBN-10 9780521193405
Year 2013
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press

This textbook provides an introduction to language typology which assumes minimal prior knowledge of linguistics.

The Art of Brutalism

The Art of Brutalism Author Ben Highmore
ISBN-10 0300222742
Year 2017
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

While most famously associated with numerous mid-century architects, Brutalism was a style of visual art that was also adopted by painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Taking into account Brutalist work by eminent artists such as Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, as well as lesser-known practitioners like Nigel Henderson and Magda Cordell , this volume focuses on a ten-year period between 1952 and 1962 when artists refused a programmatic set of aesthetics and began experimenting with images that had no set focal point, using non-traditional materials like bombsite debris in their work, and producing objects that were characterized by wit and energy along with anxiety, trauma, and melancholia. This original study offers insights into how Brutalism enabled British artists of the mid-20th century to respond ethically and aesthetically to the challenges posed by the rise of consumer culture and unbridled technological progress.

Second Language Research

Second Language Research Author Alison Mackey
ISBN-10 9781135600471
Year 2013-06-17
Pages 424
Language en
Publisher Routledge

Specifically targeted towards the needs of a second language research audience, Second Language Research: Methodology and Design addresses basic issues related to research design, providing step-by-step instructions for how to carry out studies. This up-to-date text includes chapters that cover identifying research problems and questions; selecting elicitation measures; dealing with ethical issues related to data gathering; validity and reliability in research; research in second and foreign language classroom contexts; data description and coding; and data analysis. Also included is a chapter on the much needed and rarely addressed topic of writing up SLA research, giving concrete suggestions about preparing for publication. Principles of both qualitative and quantitative research are discussed in the context of design issues. Throughout the book, examples from applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and TESOL are provided. Helpful discussion and data-based skill-building exercises at the end of each chapter promote better understanding of the principles discussed. A glossary outlines the key terms in second language research. Second Language Research: Methodology and Design is an ideal textbook for introductory and advanced classes in second language research methods, as well as classes in related areas, for example, TESOL research methods.

Quantitative Corpus Linguistics with R

Quantitative Corpus Linguistics with R Author Stefan Thomas Gries
ISBN-10 0415962714
Year 2009
Pages 248
Language en
Publisher Taylor & Francis

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.

World Building Guide and Workbook

World Building Guide and Workbook Author T. G. Franklin
ISBN-10 0692693920
Year 2016-04-16
Pages 194
Language en
Publisher Papersteel Press

For writers, screenwriters, and gamers. World Building involves more than elaborate settings, more than magic and magical beings, and more than paranormal happenings. Speculative fiction is a fast growing market, and world building is an essential tool for creating successful stories where the reader can suspend disbelief. This World Building Guide & Workbook gives writers the proper tools to craft a well written manuscript, rich with details, by guiding them through steps for choosing the right world elements to include in their story. Use a simple blueprint method to lay the foundation, and then complete the story. Beginning writers in the genre can learn to identify potential pitfalls. More complex concepts are included for intermediate to advance level authors. Get started world building today!

Perfect Speeches for All Occasions

Perfect Speeches for All Occasions Author Matt Shinn
ISBN-10 9781409063032
Year 2010-07-06
Pages 112
Language en
Publisher Random House

Have you been asked to give a speech? Are you worried your nerves will get the better of you? Do you need some tips on how to deliver your message clearly and effectively? Perfect Speeches for All Occasions is an indispensable guide for anyone who has to give a talk or presentation. Written by Matt Shinn, a professional speech writer with years of experience in the field, it explains how to structure your speech so that it has the most impact and gives practical advice about controlling your nerves on the big day. Whether you're been asked to say a few words at a party or need to put together a high-level presentation, Perfect Speeches for All Occasions has all you need to make sure you perform with style and confidence. The Perfect series is a range of practical guides that give clear and straightforward advice on everything from getting your first job to choosing your baby's name. Written by experienced authors offering tried-and-tested tips, each book contains all you need to get it right first time.