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Create Your Own Language! Introduction to the Art of Conlanging
In this course, students will be introduced to the art of language construction (or conlanging), giving them the knowledge, resources, and inspiration to create masterpieces of their own.
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This is a one-time, hour-and-a-half long course in which students are introduced to the art of language construction, also known as conlanging, through lecture, discussion, and activities. The main goal of this course is to prepare students to begin their own projects of language construction, with a few secondary goals being to teach students to more fully appreciate conlanging as an art, better understand the structure of natural languages, and more effectively explore and research new...
Students will learn to identify different types of conlangs by their features and design goals, describe languages, both natural and constructed, in their phonology, morphology, and syntax, and begin their own conlanging project with proper planning, research, and documentation.
Since this is a one-time course, no homework will be officially assigned. However, students are heavily encouraged to apply the knowledge and skills taught in this course to beginning their own projects.
1 file available upon enrollmentNo materials are required, but a few blank sheets of paper and a pencil may be helpful to some students. A one-page handout will also be provided, and some students might prefer to print it out and write on it during activities.
Since this is an introductory course, a student may not find the subject interesting after gaining a better understanding of it, so no assessment will be given unless a parent requests one. Should a parent request one, each student's progress is informally assessed through their engagement and participation.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Languages are used to talk about everything, so in the process of creating our own languages, our discussions might involve the grammatical features of curse words and taboos, especially as they affect naturalistic language evolution. This is not a planned part of the course, but should a student ask about it, I am prepared to answer.
Students are directed to several free online resources for both conlanging and natural language research, including Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page), the Index Diachronica (https://chridd.nfshost.com/diachronica/), and the World Atlas of Language Structures (https://wals.info/).
BraydenLinguist, Conlanger, and Esperantist
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Hello everybody! I teach a variety of classes related to languages, including tutoring for English, Esperanto, and Russian, discussing certain topics in linguistics, and my favorite, teaching students how to create languages. I am a recent...