The Conlanger’s Lexipedia
English | 2013 | ISBN: 1493733001, 0984470069 | 422 pages | PDF | 2.5 MB
After creating a grammar, there’s the 800-pound gorilla of the lexicon to deal with. This book gives you everything you need to know to create words. The first stop is etymology: it contains thousands of etymologies from a wide variety of languages. Borrow them or let them spark your own ideas! It’s easy to let the lexicon be a coded version of your native language. The book contains tips on how to avoid this, including plenty of fascinating examples from non-English languages. You want to know which words to create first. It includes the 1500 words most commonly found in fantasy and science fiction, sorted by frequency. Many parts of the lexicon require real-world knowledge to handle. The Lexipedia contains just enough information on biology, physics, and human cultures to help you out. Plus, there’s a discussion of the basic tools of the word creator: categories, metaphors, and derivation. Though aimed at conlangers, this book will be instructive and entertaining for anyone who’s interested in words.
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