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Advanced Language Construction

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Mark Rosenfelder is a writer and conlanger, author of the Language Construction Kit and the Planet Construction Kit.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478267534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478267539
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Rosenfelder has done it again with an outstanding book that covers all manner of possible topics that may arise from the daunting prospect of trying to create your very own language. From his own experiences and information from numerous linguistic sources, he is able to explain in detail the functions and purpose behind nearly every major feature of natural and artificial languages. Even if you're not interested in creating your own language, this book is highly recommended for anyone wanting to gain further insight in how natural languages actually work.
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This book picks up where the first book, "The Language Construction Guide" left off giving you a more indepth look at language and how to use that language in your own creations.
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My son wanted this book because he is constructing his own language for a project. Highly recommend for anyone interested in linguistics.
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The single biggest complaint I have about this book is that the author did not take the advice, mentioned in the foreword, of naming it "The Language Construction Kaboodle"--it being the sequel to "The Language Construction Kit".

That being said, this is not a lightweight volume by any means. Unlike its predecessor, you have to know a bit about linguistics to get the most out of it--and to be honest, I'm not sure I know enough! I could have done without quite so much of the chapter on logic; all those Ps and not-Qs kind of got confusing after a while. But it's a heck of a read.
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Both this book and its mate, The Language Construction Kit, are must-reads for anyone who is toying with/playing with/building a conlang of his/her own. Mr. Rosenfelder is very clear about the how-to, and gives the basics of language in a easy to understand way, but he does not make it pablum. He also adds a lot of advanced linguistic material, especially in this book, for those who may be more advanced in their understanding of language. I am playing with a conlang of my own, and found both books great helps in building it.
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By James Miller on February 10, 2013
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This is a great continuation of the first Language Construction book. Very helpful for working on the details and fleshing out of my own attempts at artificial languages.
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The continuation to what is basically the bible of conlanging. Rosenfelder's prose continues to be intermittently funny and thus lighten what is otherwise a rather arcane subject. If you read the LCK and liked it, I heartily recommend its sequel: they might as well be one book, the two of them.
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