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Useful Resources

Posted: 2014-09-17, 11:50
by Ashucky
In this thread you can find a collection of useful links that may help you with conlanging (and linguistics). You can find the old thread here (locked).

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Re: Useful Resources

Posted: 2014-09-17, 11:51
by Ashucky
Recommended for beginners
Here is a shortlist of links recommended for beginners.

Everything in the section Language creation, grammar, syntax and vocabulary, and especially the Language Construction Kit: http://www.zompist.com/kit.html - a "manual" for creating (naturalistic) languages. A similar website is also Wikibook: Conlang https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Conlang - it's more of a step-by-step tutorial at various levels but really useful for beginners.

Highly recommended is also everything in the section IPA, X-SAMPA, phonology, sound changes, and especially the following:
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet - a Wikipedia article on the IPA; scroll down to chapter 5: Letters for symbols and audio recordings; and
Extended Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabet (X-SAMPA): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-SAMPA - a Wikipedia article on X-SAMPA.

Another highly recommended link to read is Glossing rules: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/resources/glossing-rules.php - the rules for glossing any language, natural or constructed.

If you're looking for an online wiki or a dictionary, the following is recommended:
Linguifex: http://www.linguifex.com/index.php?title=Main_Page or
FrathWiki: http://www.frathwiki.com/Main_Page to set up your pages for your conlang(s); and
ConWorkshop: http://conworkshop.info/feed.php - an online dictionary for conlangs, includes a forum and many useful tools.

Re: Useful Resources

Posted: 2014-09-17, 11:52
by Ashucky
Major websites and forums

Conlangers Bulletin Board (CBB): http://aveneca.com/cbb/ - a major forum primarily dedicated to conlanging and linguistics.

Zompist Bulletin Board (ZBB): http://www.verduria.org (Old: http://www.incatena.org/) - another major forum dedicated to conlanging, linguistics and languages.

ConWorkshop: http://conworkshop.com - an online dictionary for conlangs, includes a forum and many useful tools. (Highly recommended.)

Omniglot: http://www.omniglot.com/ - a website dedicated to writing systems, languages, conscripts and conlangs; the accompanying forum is here: http://www.omniglot.com/forum/.

Conlangs Livejournal: http://conlangs.livejournal.com/ - a Livejournal community for conlanging.

Conlang Mailing List: https://listserv.brown.edu/conlang.html - a very active mailing list for discussing constructed and artificial languages.

Language Creation Society: http://conlang.org/ - a non-profit organisation for promoting conlangs, supporting conlangers, etc.

World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS): http://wals.info/ - a large database of structural (phonological, grammatical, lexical) properties of languages gathered from descriptive materials.

Conlang Atlas of Language Structures (CALS): http://cals.conlang.org/- like the above WALS but for conlangs.

Wikibooks - Conlang
: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Conlang - a collection of helpful articles about conlanging at various levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). (Recommended for beginners.)

Re: Useful Resources

Posted: 2014-09-17, 11:54
by Ashucky
Language construction, grammar, syntax, vocabulary

Language Construction Kit: http://www.zompist.com/kit.html - a "manual" for creating (naturalistic) languages. (Recommended for beginners.)

How to create a language: http://www.angelfire.com/scifi2/nyh/how__all.html - another "manual" for creating languages.

The Zopmist Phrasebook: http://www.zompist.com/phrases.html - a collection of phrases that can come in handy when creating vocabulary and everyday phrases.

Fiat Lingua: A Conlanger's Thesaurus (pdf): http://fiatlingua.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/fl-000024-00.pdf - a thesaurus that can help you build your conlang's vocabulary.

Grammar Constructs: http://www.unilang.org/ulrview.php?res=507 - a collection of various phrases to test your conlang's grammar.

Test Your Syntax (archived): http://web.archive.org/web/20130603121930/http://fiziwig.com/conlang/syntax_tests.html - a collection of sentences and phrases to test your conlang's syntax and its flexibility.

Re: Useful Resources

Posted: 2014-09-17, 11:55
by Ashucky
Wikis, dictionaries and related software

Linguifex: http://www.linguifex.com/index.php?title=Main_Page - a new, Wikipedia-style wiki for conlangs.

Conlang Wikia: http://conlang.wikia.com/wiki/Portal:Main - a wikia for conlangs.

FrathWiki: http://www.frathwiki.com/Main_Page - a major wiki for conlangs.

ConWorkshop: http://conworkshop.info/feed.php - an online dictionary for conlangs, includes a forum and many useful tools. (Highly recommended.)

Conlang Translator: http://lingojam.com/ - an online translator for conlangs.

Interlex (software, free): http://www.vocab.co.uk/ - a program for creating dictionaries and learning vocabulary.

Lexique Pro (software, free): http://www.lexiquepro.com/index.htm - a program for creating dictionaries.

Vocabulary Generator: http://zompist.com/gen%20OR%20http://awkwords.za.pl/index.php - an online vocabulary generator.

SIL FieldWorks (software, free): http://fieldworks.sil.org/ - a collection of software tools that help you manage linguistic and cultural data.

Re: Useful Resources

Posted: 2014-09-17, 11:56
by Ashucky
Font software, keyboard layouts

FontStruct: http://fontstruct.com/ - an online tool for creating fonts.

FontForge (software, free): http://fontforge.org/ - an editor for creating fonts.

GNU Font Editor (for Linux, free): http://www.gnu.org/software/gfe/ - a tool for creating fonts.

FontCreator (software, free trial): http://www.high-logic.com/font-editor/fontcreator.html - a very useful font creator, probably the best on the market.

Glyph: http://glyphrstudio.com/ - another online tool for creating fonts.

Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (software, free): http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb964665.aspx - an easy keyboard layout creator that allows you to create your own custom keyboard layouts.

Grapheion: http://lingweenie.org/conlang/grapheion/ - a tool for evolving collections of symbols.

Re: Useful Resources

Posted: 2014-09-17, 11:57
by Ashucky
IPA, X-SAMPA, phonology, sound changes

International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet - a Wikipedia article on the IPA; scroll down to chapter 5: Letters for symbols and audio recordings. (Highly recommended for beginners.)

Extended Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabet (X-SAMPA): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-SAMPA - a Wikipedia article on X-SAMPA. (Recommended for beginners.)

IPA Chart: http://westonruter.github.io/ipa-chart/keyboard/ - a clickable IPA chart that allows you to type in the IPA.

IPA Chart (with audio): http://web.uvic.ca/ling/resources/ipa/charts/IPAlab/IPAlab.htm - a clickable IPA chart with sound recordings.

Index of sounds: http://www.phonetics.ucla.edu/index/sounds.html - an index of the IPA sounds.

IPA Chart (with audio and video): http://ipa.group.shef.ac.uk/symbols.php - a collection of both audio and video clips that show the pronunciation of sounds.

IPA-SAMPA Chart: http://www.3centsoap.com/sampa.gif - a chart with both IPA and X-SAMPA symbols next to each other.

IPA-SAMPA Conversion Tools: http://aveneca.com/xipa.html or http://conworkshop.info/ipa.php - online tools for converting between IPA and X-SAMPA.

A Survey of some Vowel Systems: http://gesc19764.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/vowels/vowel_systems.html - a page with examples of frequent vowel system around the world.

Geoff's Collection of Sound Changes (archived): http://web.archive.org/web/20120123184109/http://jc.tech-galaxy.com/bricka/sound_changes.html - a collection of the more common types of sound-change.

Correspondence Library: http://www.kneequickie.com/archive/The_Correspondence_Library - a compilation of sound changes and cognates for a wide variety of languages.

Index Diachronica (pdf): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/17784007/Index.pdf - essentially the same as the Correspondence Library above but in the pdf format.

Re: Useful Resources

Posted: 2014-09-17, 11:58
by Ashucky
Conworlding

Conworlds: http://conworlds.com/cwbb/index.php - a forum for conworlders.

Constructed Worlds Wiki: http://conworld.wikia.com/wiki/Welcome_to_Conworlds - a wiki for conworlds.

Greenfish Relief Map Generator (software, free): http://www.snapfiles.com/get/gfreliefmap.html - a simple map generator.

Campaign Cartographer 3 (software, tree demo): https://secure.profantasy.com/default.asp - a powerful map generator. There site includes other conworlding tools, such as Dungeon Designer, City Designer, Fractal Terrains, and Cosmographer.

Terragen 3 (software, limited free edition): http://planetside.co.uk/products/terragen3 - a powerful and fully customisable terrain generator.

Fractal World Generator: http://donjon.bin.sh/world/ - an online world generator.

Cartographers' Guild: http://www.cartographersguild.com/content/ a forum created by and for map makers and aficionado, with many useful map tutorials available.

ORBIS: http://orbis.stanford.edu/ - a geospatial network model of the Roman world. Useful for desciding how much time travelling takes in a pre-modern world and such.

Atlas of True Names: http://www.kalimedia.com/Atlas_of_True_Names.html - a collection of maps with the etymologies of many placenames around the world.

Re: Useful Resources

Posted: 2014-09-17, 11:59
by Ashucky

Re: Useful Resources

Posted: 2014-09-17, 12:00
by Ashucky
Miscellaneous (other sites, useful tools, etc.)

Conlang Code Registry
: http://www.kreativekorp.com/clcr/index.php - a website where you can register your conlang(s) and obtain an ISO-639-3 language code.

Word Numbers: http://www.zompist.com/numbers.shtml- a collection of numbers from various languages, including conlangs.

Glossing rules: http://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/resources/glossing-rules.php - the rules for glossing any language, natural or constructed. (Highly recommended for beginners.)

Conlang translations: https://sites.google.com/site/conlangtranslations/home - a site with a growing collection of songs translated to conlangs.

Constructed Languages: http://conlang.linguifex.com/ - a blog about conlangs.

Artificial Language Lab
(archived): http://web.archive.org/web/20120716230154/http://www.rickharrison.com/language/index.html - a website for studying and discussions about constructed languages.

Broken Translation Game: http://btg2.info/ - an online translation game in conlangs.

Letter Frequency Analyzer: http://www.characterfrequencyanalyzer.com/english/index.php

Thesaurus of Chinese characters: http://gotcharacters.com/radical-view