The Underlings Club will be hosting a talk by Joseph Windsor, President of the Language Creation Society, on April 15th, from 6-7:30pm, on the topic of constructed languages.
"Conlanging: From Seeds to Sound Change"
Starting to build a constructed language (conlang) from scratch can be an intimidating concept if you’ve never tried. Where should you start? What should you know before you start? Should you even try if you don’t already have a degree in linguistics?
In this talk, we discuss the answers to the above questions to get you started (whether you have a linguistics degree or not), and then take a deep-dive into how to create a sound-system (phonology) for your conlang based on theoretical linguistic principles that will guide you towards building a naturalistic system (or providing rules you can break if you want an unnatural system). We wrap up by showing how this system can also be used to inform diachronic sound change to evolve your conlang’s sound system from a proto- to a modern language.
For further details, contact Julie McGory at firstname.lastname@example.org.