Linguistics

The intricacies of language are fascinating. I may work mostly with the modern written word, but there are always things to learn from other aspects of language.

The site linked below shows so many different ancient scripts and talks about phonetics. All the questions you might have never thought about – answered.

Sometimes it’s about wasting time on a Friday. (Is there any better thing to do?) Others just have a burning desire to learn about languages, ancient or otherwise.

It makes me wonder what the languages will be in the future – if we stay around that long.

Check it out here.

Tools of the (Science Fiction) Writing Trade

Okay, I suppose it could be used for fantasy, too. Tolkien was revered as world-builder, even to the point of making real languages for his fictional characters. He did it before we had such tools as the internet to find helpful resources, or computers to type things on, or so many advantages today’s writers (and the fan world) take for granted.

Other examples of created languages include Star Wars and Star Trek, of course. It’s different to hear them on TV and expect them, but people really do create them for stories and books for a more realistic feel.

The Language Construction Kit

It’s organized as an outline, so you can get as crazy or detailed as you like. You can use it to provide a background, a more realistic form of naming strange characters, or just another way to annoy your English teacher during class. (Last example is not recommended!)

Linguistics is not my particular strong point, so a couple of the questions are lost on me. (Is your language inflecting, agglutinating, or isolating?)  For the most part it is very straightforward and inviting. I find it difficult not to dive right in and try it out!