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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


Explain your opinion in great detail. List any novel, video games, anime, manga, television series, movies, play, comics, and etc as example

I'm working on a novel and I want to make my own language but that is a challenge for me. Does anyone have any tips on how to help? Is there a website that can be helpful? I don't want to steal ideas from other writers which is important I try to get this right. I do not know where to start with this and would like some help.


Bonus Questions:


1) Are you writing your own story and did you create your own language?

2) Do you have a fantasy language that you like and/or would love to learn?



Enjoy!!!
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didn't the creator of Lord of the Rings made up his own language for the story?

when making your own language, you'd have to think about at least these:

1. how the writing system works (make up your own symbols?)
2. degrees of formality between speakers (formal/informal/polite/humble speech)
3. the vocabulary and conjugations
4. sentence structure
5. pronunciation / how you would romanize it
and possibly more, depending on how complex you want the language to be.

good luck with it though, it requires quite a bit of imagination ^~^

edit; no-one saw the typo, thank goodness =p
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I would think so
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darkfire9o9 wrote:

I would think so


That's it? Is that all you have to comment on this thread? Oh well. Thanks for stopping by and I hope I see you back again.
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The creator of Lord of the Rings is a woman?
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Posted 4/19/15 , edited 4/19/15
it's not like i made a typo or anything
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namealreadytaken wrote:

it's not like i made a typo or anything


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the video game series Ar Tonelico has its own language called Hymmnos. The creators went all out with the language giving it everything a language needs so it can be used in conversation and can be translated to other languages. http://conlang.wikia.com/wiki/Hymmnos

As for creating a language, I have no idea where to start on that one. Try asking a language professor at a university as they may be able to get you headed down in the right direction.
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RavingDragon wrote:

the video game series Ar Tonelico has its own language called Hymmnos. The creators went all out with the language giving it everything a language needs so it can be used in conversation and can be translated to other languages. http://conlang.wikia.com/wiki/Hymmnos

As for creating a language, I have no idea where to start on that one. Try asking a language professor at a university as they may be able to get you headed down in the right direction.



I wish I could but I don't know any language professors outside of an university.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


RavingDragon wrote:

the video game series Ar Tonelico has its own language called Hymmnos. The creators went all out with the language giving it everything a language needs so it can be used in conversation and can be translated to other languages. http://conlang.wikia.com/wiki/Hymmnos

As for creating a language, I have no idea where to start on that one. Try asking a language professor at a university as they may be able to get you headed down in the right direction.



I wish I could but I don't know any language professors outside of an university.


You could always send an e-mail out to a professor from any university, stating your reason for contacting them and asking for any information. I'm sure some of them are willing to help.
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I'd look at http://www.omniglot.com/ and see how other languages work at least as far as writing and speech. Might get some ideas.

http://www.zompist.com/kit.html Has a lot of information on linguistics for this very purpose.

There is Backus Naur Form which may help you organize your languages structure. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backus%E2%80%93Naur_Form

If you are really into it you could get some of Noam Chomsky's books on it. The man is known as the father of modern linguistics.
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No the author of the Lord Of The Rings is a man named J. R. R. Tolkien

I believe he created two main languages, and quite a few others

Khuzdul and elvish
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_constructed_by_J._R._R._Tolkien
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Thank you.
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If you look at created languages, they are always based off of other languages. Take other languages, learn their structure, sound, tone, etc. and cook them in a nice pot for weeks and months and it should be good.
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Girioni wrote:

If you look at created languages, they are always based off of other languages. Take other languages, learn their structure, sound, tone, etc. and cook them in a nice pot for weeks and months and it should be good.


Okay.
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