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Anyone here ever attempted to create their own language without making it sound like gibberish or illogical?

Game of Thrones' Dothraki and Valyrian were a good example. But pulling one off seems to be a major challenge. I hope there are tools out there that can help you make your own from scratch. Maybe some of you peeps here know some? :D

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There was a Neverwinter Nights 1, game server I used to play on that created a language for their Elves. It's based on the Hebrew Language, and most words are the phonetic equivalent of the actual words. When I was playing over there, I had a grasp of the language to recognize the more common words without looking them up on the server's wiki.

For Example:

Yoom Toova = Good Day

Bevoodai = You're Welcome

Silath ni = I'm Sorry

Fen = Yes

Li = No

 

So... Pelail, hoovaire. Toova'reyalas ta. Ta lulecetas Le'Or'T'Nanshi, Fen?

 

EDIT: Their linky - http://wiki.avlis.org/Nanshilae

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Interesting. Since I'm doing this for a book I am hoping to publish someday, I really want a deep research on it. As of now, I'm mixing Greek and Latin since this "Qraellic" language I'm using is being used to weave spells.

I = Ydj
Mine  = Ydjei
You = Koz
Yours = Jozei
He/She = Edrohs
They = Edrehi
His/Hers = Edrohsei
Theirs = Edrohi

With a simple enchantment like Sachre ekzorium Ydj eimpra. Sachre ypreta Ydj eimpra. Afurgezon ruali sachre mizto edrehi.

It's a work in progress. But my brain turns into noodles a few minutes after.

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I recall reading producers hired at least one linguist to come up with the Klingon's language for Star Trek, and I suspect it's happened with other movies featuring non-humans. The most famous artificial language is Esperanto; you may want to look it up for ideas.

Good luck.

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Inventing languages as a writer is a dicey adventure.  Perhaps a word here and there to flavor the world... but a language?

J.R.R. Tolkein was probably the most famous inventor of languages... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._R._Tolkien#Linguistic_career

J.K. Rowling certainly made a hash of things if you listen to linguists grind their teeth over her magical command words. lol.

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On 8/16/2019 at 10:48 PM, Carlos Hazday said:

I recall reading producers hired at least one linguist to come up with the Klingon's language for Star Trek, and I suspect it's happened with other movies featuring non-humans. The most famous artificial language is Esperanto; you may want to look it up for ideas.

Good luck.

Wow I never got to get back here in this thread I made.

Yes, I should check that out. But yeah,

On 8/19/2019 at 12:31 AM, Myr said:

Inventing languages as a writer is a dicey adventure.  Perhaps a word here and there to flavor the world... but a language?

J.R.R. Tolkein was probably the most famous inventor of languages... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._R._Tolkien#Linguistic_career

J.K. Rowling certainly made a hash of things if you listen to linguists grind their teeth over her magical command words. lol.

Better learn from Rowling's struggle. Looks like I really have to consult with an actual linguist to properly do language. Or else, I should be a putting a disclaimer on my book that says: "Many linguists were offended in the making of this language." LOL

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3 hours ago, Solus Magus said:

Looks like I really have to consult with an actual linguist to properly do language.

There are some nice courses out there that dice up where words come from and their meanings. There are several on The Greater Courses that deep dive into vocabulary, grammar, etc.  Understanding how English works and following those rules with your own language helps make your new language make more sense. Lots of resources out there.

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2 hours ago, Myr said:

There are some nice courses out there that dice up where words come from and their meanings. There are several on The Greater Courses that deep dive into vocabulary, grammar, etc.  Understanding how English works and following those rules with your own language helps make your new language make more sense. Lots of resources out there.

Ohh! Thanks thanks!

Where is this 'The Greater Courses' that you speak of though? I've never encountered this one, sorry. 😧

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3 minutes ago, Solus Magus said:

Where is this 'The Greater Courses' that you speak of though?

Something like this - https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/language-and-the-mind.html

There is also: https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/

The second one is a streaming option with some great deals to start.

You can sample some of the lectures on their Youtube Channel.  This is on writing:

 

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6 hours ago, Myr said:

Something like this - https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/language-and-the-mind.html

There is also: https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/

The second one is a streaming option with some great deals to start.

You can sample some of the lectures on their Youtube Channel.  This is on writing:

 

Woah! Looks great! Thanks so mych @Myr! This should also help with my grammar skills.

Since English isn't my native language and never was my strength, I could only be proficient to a conversational level. Technical writing and grammar consistency for my writing style can be quite a challenge for me. :<

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