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Advanced Language Construction [Kindle Edition]

Mark Rosenfelder
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The sequel to the Language Construction Kit: learn more about constructed languages and about linguistics: logic, pidgins and creoles, sign languages, the linguistic life cycle, and a meaty step-by-step survey of morphosyntax.

Create detailed and plausible languages for RPGs, fantasy and science fiction, movies, or video games... or just learn more about how languages work with the same accurate yet fun approach as the original LCK.

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1404 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478267534
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Yonagu Books (14 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XTOV8C
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's even useful for linguistics student !!! 5 Feb. 2014
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I'm a student of Linguistics and I find the book really interesting and useful; I was a bit disappointed with the previous Construction Kit (way too simple for those who have even a basic linguistic background), but I guess it was made for the beginners.
The only thing that hurt my feelings is the author's deprecable view on generative grammar, but hey, nobody's perfect.
I also bought it as a Christmas present for a conlanger friend of mine.
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Another fascinating breakdown of how the languages of the world work from Rosenfelder - nominally aimed at those designing their own languages for gaming or literary purposes (something that's in vogue at the moment - anyone for Dothraki?) but in fact a stripping down of the engines of languages from across the world into their component parts. Some interesting features that we English speakers, and those speaking French, German, Spanish or any combination of the above, take for granted. Some stuff is truly intimidating - the section on Caucasian languages, for instance, impressed on me two things: firstly, how radically different a solution these speakers found to English speakers to the question of information transmission; and second, that I will never even attempt to learn Adyghe. Rosenfelder writes with a clear, often jocular style, with complex concepts simplified as much as possible, and at least one 'Too much information' problem. (Read it, you'll know when you get there). Very good book indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to linguistics 28 Jun. 2013
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I bought this book and its predecessor because I am interested in how languages work. This book is much more interesting than a textbook on linguistics because it concentrates on how to use the ideas rather than the theory. I have no intention of creating my own language but I now know much more abut how languages do and can work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!! 12 Oct. 2014
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Now I can make my own languages with help of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conlangers Delight! 20 Oct. 2012
By LinguistJunkie - Published on Amazon.com
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Ignorant outside of its specialty, and maybe inside it too, for all I know 22 April 2015
By D. Kimball - Published on Amazon.com
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The linguistic part of things is interesting, but the author branches out into a wide range of other subjects, about which he knows no more than any other not-very-inquisitive layman. I was particularly galled by his confidently repeating the insulting myth that Polish cavalry charged German tanks and were slaughtered. It was 2012 when this book came out, for Heaven's sake! He had no excuse for not having known the truth, which is very easy to learn these days -- it's even on Wikipedia, in five or six different places.

His cavalier approach to history (in fact, we might say that he's confidently charging the tanks of true information and being slaughtered...) leaves me with every reason to suspect that he's equally cavalier about everything else outside of his specialty -- which is to say, at least half of the book, including many subjects where I'm not knowledgeable enough to distinguish truth from nonsense. For that matter, how do I know that he's not repeating the trite nostrums of fifty years ago _within_ his specialty? I'm not a linguist, the closest I come is reading the Language Log.

Jacques Barzun had nasty things to say about people who see inaccuracies in minor things as proving inaccuracies in major things, but I doubt that that's what I'm doing here. The horses-charging-tanks myth is seductive (to people with a certain outlook on life), widespread, and profoundly wrong; by repeating it, the author has proven that he doesn't have a good eye for the difference between the truth on the one hand, and plausible baloney on the other. That's a pretty dangerous trait to have, if you're undertaking to teach your readers about the patterns of history and how civilizations rise and fall.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition 1 Aug. 2013
By Jonathan Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Developing Language 28 Jan. 2013
By Melissa Velik - Published on Amazon.com
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Discarded titles make me sad 23 Jan. 2013
By Carrie Schutrick - Published on Amazon.com
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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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