Creating Your Language

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Creating Your Language

Post by Tairu on Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:42 am

1.Decide whether you want to start from scratch or model your language after another language. If you start from scratch, search for babel text on a search engine and go to the "how to" section at the left of the page. You could also base your language on a natural language that you speak.

2. Decide what sounds your vowels will make, and choose the consonants you want to use.

Start on a script, or writing system. You could always modify an existing alphabet to fit your letters or you could make your own symbols for each letter. You could make a separate letter for things like th and ch instead of writing out both letters.

Make a few words to work with based on how you want your spelling system allows you to have them. You will want a few basic nouns and other words to make sentences with.

Devise a unique alphabet. Do this with a friend, so that he or she can learn it, too.

Create words. Use the alphabet that you and your friend made and create words in your language in place of the English word, or create new words that don't have a one-to-one meaning. You should think about why you're using this language. As you get better, try to make sentences.

Make speech. Make some sounds for yours words and letters. This will be how you speak the language.

Create different grammar rules than English (or your native language). If the language just uses different letters and words it's not really a language, but a cipher (code).

Learn and memorize your language together with your friends. Soon enough, you will be talking in your own language.

Name your language. Give your language a unique name. Where does it come from? Be creative!

Make a dictionary. Make a dictionary that everything you've done for your language will be stored in. If you forget something, you can easily look it up in your dictionary.

* you could also devise a language made of sounds and movements, and have a different sound/movement be a different letter.

Research linguistics to learn about the way different languages express things--for example, gender or tense.

Set up your grammar using the words you have as examples for when you make other words. You can create your own grammar from scratch, borrow another person's, or a combination of the two. You can go all out with your grammar or leave it simple and easy to understand depending on how realistic you want your language. If you make the grammar too simple, the language will sound primitive, but if it's too complicated, it won't sound as realistic.

When you have the essentials of your language laid out, try learning to speak it with a friend, and see if it works to your liking. Also, try translating magazine articles or poems into your language to help in the creation of new words and to make sure that your grammar is usable.

When you are pleased with your language, try learning it, and teach it to a few of your friends. Practice it, so you don't forget it. You can also post it on conlang websites.

If you have trouble creating and remembering all sorts of words, consider using prefixes that essentially make two words with opposite meanings. For example, if the word good was 'viet', then the word 'graviet' could be used to mean bad.

Decide how intelligent you want your language to be, and create a math system to use.

Numbers can be created sooner if desired. You will have to ask yourself which base you will use (we use a base 10: the decimal system) or whether to use a more complex system, such as Roman numbers. When creating numbers, some factors to think about include whether you will use the number zero and how to create larger numbers. For example -- une is one, thousand is casni, twenty is vin and 4 is kurin so to write 1024 it would be unecasni ete (and) vin-kurin 1+1,000 and twenty plus four.


When starting off, follow closely to a language you like. This will make grammar much more easy to make.

# If you want to make other languages, you can use this language as a model and change some letters or sounds to create a different language. This makes your first language a proto-language. -- a language that branches off into a family of languages.
# When making a writing system, take a break about every five minutes and come back to it or all your letters will begin to look identical.
# Basing letters on objects (pictographs) is an easy way to start a writing system.
# Practice your language often.
# Try this with a group of friends. It's much more fun when there are other people that can understand your language.
# Make sure that you and your friend(s) all follow a systematic language system. In other words, make sure that you follow the same guidelines.
# Don't use random letters. It MUST make some sense, so that it will be easier to learn and speak with se oh as e, hello as llo, and See ya as c yah).

* Take time away from your language when in the creating process or you may become frustrated and give up. This happens often and may then discourage other interests in activities similar to this.
* Be careful when basing your language on another because your language will tend to end up looking and sounding almost exactly like the other.
* Make sure the language is easy enough for you to understand.
* If you want to teach your friends your language, make sure it's not super hard.
* Creating a language with a level of depth anywhere near that of, for instance, English, French or Japanese takes quite some knowledge of linguistics, time and dedication and that goes beyond the scope of this wikiHow.
* Depending on your language, people may think you are strange or crazy
* At first, you'll be really slow and horrible at speaking your language and it'll sound really dorky. With lots of practice, you'll sound more and more familiar with how your language sounds.
* Do not rush, for it will cause your work to be non-creative and sound similar to other languages in the world.

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