This page of nonfiction provides enjoyable reading aimed at a popular, but well-educated and curious, audience. A lot of practical information as well as an enjoyable read is available to the conlanger from these works. One personal favorite of the Conlanging Librarian's is Guy Deutscher's book. Á harya alassë!
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Contact The Conlanging Librarian at library -at- conlang -dot- org with suggestions for additions to the library.
I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World.
National Geographic (June 16, 2009)
A fun collection of idioms around the world. Valuable to the conlanger in getting one to think how their conlang/conculture handles situations like the ones illustrated here. There is an interview with the author available from The World from Public Radio International.
Comins, Neil F.
What If The Earth Had Two Moons? And Nine Other Thought-provoking Speculations on the Solar System
St. Martins Press (2010)
Prof. Comins provides various detailed scenarios of "alternate" Earths. While not a conlanging resource per se, the book (along with his first book) provides intriguing environments within which one's conlang-speaking denizens could reside.
The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention.
New York: Metropolitan Books (2005)
Lively and highly readable, Deutscher manages to convincingly show how the complex structures of modern languages evolved through simple processes. For anyone interested in creating a family of fictional diachronic languages, this book is a must-read!
The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
New York: Harper Perennial (2003)
While laying out how languages mix and mutate over time, linguistics professor John McWhorter reminds us of the variety within the species that speaks them, and argues that, contrary to popular perception, language is not immutable and hidebound, but a living, dynamic entity that adapts itself to an ever-changing human environment - from the book jacket.
In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language
New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2009 (pbk, 2010)
Okrent's book is an enjoyable romp through the history of constructed languages, providing an excellent introduction for both conlangers as well as the general public. The book won rave reviews upon its publication, and Arika was featured on a number of talk shows and in many articles (For a list of press coverage links for Arika's book, click here). Arika also participated in the 2nd and 3rd Language Creation Conferences.
Limits of Language: Almost Everything You Didn't Know You Didn't Know about Language and Languages
William James & Company (July 2008)
Parkvall's work is a catch-all of language trivia and information. It contains a small section on conlangs but also a wealth of other useful and interesting facts. The calendar is especially interesting.
Lunatic Lovers of Language: Imaginary Languages and Their Inventors
Athlone Press, (2001: reprint)
"This book examines the creation of imaginary languages in history and fiction as an expression of the search for an original, primitive or universal language." Originally published in French with the title Les Fous du Langage: Des Langues Imaginaires et de Leurs Inventeurs