First edition of Gulliver's Travels

Linguistics - The Basics

One perennial question from beginning conlangers is "Where do I start?" This page is an attempt to address this query from a linguistic perspective and compile titles from a number of recommendation sources. A good grounding in what is already extant in natural languages gives the conlanger a starting point from which to begin her or his creation. Natural languages also provide inspiration in their multifariousness. Even if one wants to go against every natural language universal, morphology, or syntax, one has to first know what those universals, morphologies, and syntaxes are. This page can then be thought of as a Beginner's Shelf of Linguistics. For some recommended advanced texts, check out this page.

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