It is extremely useful in this purpose - it explains very complex concepts VERY well, at least to an amateur linguist like myself.
It will really make you stop and consider what direction you want to go in with your language and will help give you a stronger foundation for your language.
When you've read it a few times, made a few starts, maybe even a couple of languages with this book you will be ready for making your own way.
If you are a conlanger, this and its companion book Advanced Language Construction are absolute necessities. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Randy
The formating in the last half of the kindle edition was so poor and messed up that it became unreadable. I wouldn't buy this again or his next book because of these issues.Published 2 months ago by Djesi
I originally entered college as a Linguistics major and though I've moved on through Psychology and now to Industrial Design, I still find myself visiting this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by WLDupuy
If you're considering ANY book to help in creating a language (however basic or complex), this guide is INCREDIBLE. It's inexpensive and more than worth every penny. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lynanne Carroll
Thought it would be interesting to know how people came up with new languages for works of fiction. this book explains it very well. It has been fun so far. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bushman
This book is an excellent source for all those planning on creating their very own language(s). It is also great for those who are interested in learning about how language(s) work... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Garrison56
If you have any kind of formal linguistics training, the book will seem a little slow, but it gives you fair warning about that. Read morePublished 8 months ago by lettuchi
Well written and informative, but formatting issues in the tables mare an otherwise excellent introduction to linguistics with the intent of creating languages. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andrew
The book breaks down linguistics and language construction into nice chunks that are relatively easy to follow. Read morePublished 11 months ago by msorrentino