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Creating a language[edit | edit source]

Want to create a language? It can take a lot of work to make it presentable, but the results can be amazing! To make your own decide which sounds you want, create words and hold it all together with a grammar (though not necessarily in that order).

  1. Decide the phonology (the sounds of the language)
    1. Which sounds can change meaning? In English /b/ and /p/ do (e.g. "bat" and "pat") but in Korean /p/ and /ph/ do (e.g. /put/ v /phut/) yet /b/ and /p/ do not.
    2. Which sounds correspond to the same meaning? Many perceive /ðə/ ("the") and /də/ ("de") or /friː/ ("free") and /θriː/ ("three") as the same when it comes to pronounciation.
  2. Decide on phonotactics: which consonants go together and which can't? In English you can say "Spanish," but in Spanish the letter s cannot begin a word when followed by a consonant so it would become "Espanish." Can you have consonants at the end of syllables? Not in Hawai'ian.
  3. Construct a grammar: how is it all put together in a flow? (This can be done at the end)
    1. Is it agglutinating, isolating, fusional or polysynthetic?
    2. If not isolating, what is its morphosyntactic alignment?
    3. Is it heavily inflected?
      1. Are verbs conjugated?
      2. Do the nouns decline?
    4. Are there different voices, moods, aspects and tenses? Are there more than past, present and future?
    5. Does it have nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, particles, articles et cetera?
  4. Create words and/or roots
    1. If you're also creating a conculture, think of what's important to them. There will probably be many words about it.
    2. How are roots derived? Semitic languages get the word for "read" from "blood."
  5. How are things expressed? (The English "I am eating" and "I eat" are expressed in the same way in Spanish and Swedish)

Use the input text below to start the creation of your language. <createbox> break=no preload=Template:NewLang buttonlabel=Start creating your own language now! </createbox> See also: Conlinguistics Wiki

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Example languages[edit | edit source]

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Umbrean

Name: Umbrean

Type: Fusional

Alignment: Tripartite

Head Direction: Final

Number of genders: 4

Declensions: Yes

Conjugations: Yes

Nouns declined
according to
Case Number
Definitiveness Gender
Verbs conjugations
according to
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect

Umbrean is a highly inflectional language and semi-polysynthetic as very simple sentences are possible to render into a single word. Most word classes are inflected in accordance with something that represents their meaning and position.

Featured language
Quai'op

Name: Quai'op

Type: Isolating

Alignment: Absolutive-Ergative

Head Direction: Mixed

Number of genders: 1

Declensions: No

Conjugations: No

Nouns declined
according to
Case Number
Definitiveness Gender
Verbs conjugations
according to
Voice Mood
Person Number
Tense Aspect

Quai'op is an analytical language isolate spoken in East Asia in Taiwan and the Philippines, with origins unknown, but possibly Chinese. Its vocabulary is, for the most part, unique but some grammar traits entered the language from Min Chinese and Tagalog. It is unique in that common contractions tend to form new words and thus, for example, a case-like system exists for nouns, although truly not all nouns carry any of these cases at all, besides the nominative. Being an isolating language, the word order is only flexible within certain boundaries but the amount that can be expressed exceeds that of English. In addition, there are a large number of aspectual particles to tell what time of the day something took place and a large amount of evidentialities to tell whence a speaker took their information. The language uses glottalisation heavily and a strict timing exists. The language is moderately difficult for an English speaker to learn and pronounce but the grammar is simple enough not to have to learn it immediately, but to begin with vocabulary.

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