The Art of Language Invention, Episode 1: Conlang Types

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Hypergalactica : I have the idea for a fic-lang spoken by a far-future culture of interstellar nomads in my long-envisioned space opera. Right now I envision as the naturalistic descendant of an artificial hybrid of large modern languages, such as Mandarin and English. Rather than learn how to speak new languages entirely (French class was always difficult for me), perhaps I should focus only on familiarizing myself with their basic grammar and syntax rules to get me started? And are there rules for linguistic evolution, sound change, etc. that generalize across most tongues?

Popalupa : Whoa, I just realized you're the guy who made Dothraki. Nice

Chene Louise : Stealthlang sounds so badass

Natalie Ishii : I was going to just hardcore hate comment on all of your videos but I'm too lazy

Mickeal van der Haar : Hi David! You've made some really good scripts in the past, and I myself (and probably tons of other conlangers) have had trouble with making a script that doesn't feel like complete bogus. Maybe you could dedicate an episode to how you make scripts for your conlangs? That'd certainly help a ton! Cheers, Mickeal.

Alex : If you were to create a language spoken between humans and ants, would that be a ScottLang?

Shenanigan Samurai : I just bought your book and I have found it absolutely fascinating. That being said, I'm completely new to all things linguistic. As a result, there's a lot of phonetic symbols that I'm completely in the dark about. Where would be a good place to start concerning those symbols?

Will Worth : I've always had a problem associating phonological form with meaning, i.e. making my first words/roots. If you could make a video addressing how you tackle this, that'd be cool :)

калинка : my conlang is like a stealth/fictlang. im making it for a fictional world but also in mind for real physical speakers

Jay : You forgot to mention a priori vs. a posteriori

xShadowHunterx : Thanks for the video! I'm making a language called Kalim which uses some Korean and Russian theses. This is very helpful.

CerealKillerOats : Lol i wanna see that squirrel! Can. You talk about agglutinative, isolating, etc types of languages?

Pretentious : I was in the hospital while this gold was made? HYPE, dis vid gon b gud

anotherjohn : No 'type' for minimalistic languages?

PoisonedJello : do the abbreviations remind anyone else of newspeak?

Just Call Me Red : You know, I really wish I'd seen that this series existed *before* I emailed you. I'm gonna watch all of it right now. Surely you couldn't have addressed ALL my questions!

JordanClunn : This series is tremendous, thank you so much. I really did need a multiple-video explanation.

Pedro Koury : ur awesome

Tóth Ede : Սալծ! Լեետ իզ տե կա՝նլենգ ենեետեն տե կթնսփռակտօ, ե՝ տե բիգլի լայկ մօն. ՂԴ

Arno Colin : My family speaks a stealhlang for some generations. 🙂

This Dude : Oh wow. I have your book! Didn't know you also had nifty short video instructionals as well. You're really doing a great service to us non-Academics. (Or even Academics who didn't take linguistics)

Inky Scrolls : I just added the leapday like - from 365 to 366. And no downvotes!

HCN : Artlangs?What do ðose have,More perfect rhymes?

The Major : MegDavi sure sounds like a great name for a language, if it weren't for why and how it was named... other than that, this video was a good introduction, I feel like, watched your Google talk and found this video. Languages and their uses are not something everyone get to study, so it's a very interesting topic, and I believe it will actually help me understand a lot more about my own native language too.

Sir Jaojao : Great video

Daniel The Nerd : 1000th subscriber

Sebastian Featherstone : I'm excited to learn from this series. :D

Thepsychocyborg315 : Zei lok ruk olanak zeos

Myths n' more : Could you mix scripts similar in style when creating an conlang and still have it be usable?

Orion Barbalate : Yes, i've been waiting for these videos my whole life

Dimitar Mitov : ive been keen on linguistics ever since, and the first artificial language i tried to create was in 3rd grade (i was then 9) but it wasn't very complex, since i literally copied my native language - vowels - same; consonants - same; grammar - same; the only difference was me and my friends used a different, made up words. it actually worked pretty well, because nobody was able to understand us, despite being so amateur and simple.

Dimitar Mitov : After my first try in 3rd grade, in 7th grade me and my brother made... um, it wasn't actually a language, we just dislocated the consonants of the words, keeping the vowels in place, making our native language sound completely different and not understandable for others. We still speak like this once in a while, when we don't want to be understood. We tried to pass the "language" to others, but it didn't work out.

frank x : Grathl por tan vido, amo!

sky bound : when i think of stealthlang i think of yourpa dadpa smellspa like a womanpa

Neomyte Diquama : Sé' sti ni dèykjian'kovfara' Sakyûd idsaoka zûn'sprah' Soka'èycoca dû I've been creating languages for ten years now. I'm glad someone's talking about this art. Nice video.

tokyogirl2005 : do you have any advice for fantasy writers who who have multiple races and need multiple languages?

stickmanpage. mov : my is auxlang called earthlang-(sivorlinvo)

Mr. Parabola : Mine is a fictional spoken language. The language is mostly spoken by another intelligent humanoid species that lives alongside humans.

Psycho Production : I am french and i want to creat à languages with some one.

John Canino : Do you have any videos regarding testing a stealth/natural language? I would loveto put my languages to the test, but I don't have the slightest idea how or where to begin. Thank you. / Vonqžé.

Avery Boudreaux : Þytteł ăijŋoš pikkţörręnes

Savannah Swizzles : I am currently creating a personal language and really I’m just winging it. I will just write a word in English, next to that an equal sign and then randomly think of a word that sounds good. Ok make more lists of words until I have enough that I’m satisfied.

Bwiazhoguhaz Bvashonong : I have 2 jokelangs, the rest of mine are personal or fictional. My name is actually an insult from one of my conlangs. I also just noticed a typo in my name.

Sophrosynicle : I want to create a conlang that is very very hard to understand, has little resemblance to any existing language (no borrow words, grammatically exotic, phonemically and orthographically noisy). That way, I can talk to myself all day to train my "speech center" and vocal cords without anyone ever understanding me, muhahahaha. Oh, and my creative works would remain obscure to any outsiders that have not put in the work to decipher them.

Casimir III : My main reason, I guess, can best be summed up as to better suspend disbelieve and create a more realistic world. Mostly, I started off with the intention of coming up with better place names/proper nouns.