Three Lesser-Known Tools for Lexicon-Building in Your Conlang

John Quijada spent more than thirty years creating the philosophical language Ithkuil, whose notoriety has been featured in The New Yorker magazine. He also writes the “Conlang Curiosities” column for the Language Creation Society’s Language Creation Tribune quarterly publication. He has a degree in linguistics, speaks five languages, has co-written a novel exploring the philosophical implications of quantum physics, and composes music, among many other hobbies and interests.

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At the Fifth Language Creation Conference in Austin, Texas, John Quijada presented on some advanced lexicon building techniques. Unfortunately, his talk was shortened due to some organizational mishaps. In this paper, John goes over the main thrust of his talk, and uses the opportunity to share some of the examples and ideas he wasn’t able to share at the talk itself.

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The Birth of Xiis — A Guide to Font Creation

George Marques is a Brazilian software developer and aspiring writer. He has been creating fictional worlds since childhood, and, inspired mostly by Tolkien’s works, also developed languages for these fantastic civilizations. He studies linguistics in his spare time mostly to work on the bridge between languages and computers, but also to create believable languages for his literary works.

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This paper shows general instructions to create a computer font for Xiis (a conscript made by George Marques). It uses the free (libre) font-making application FontForge to overview the basic knowledge of OpenType features needed to make fonts for more complex writing systems and how they were applied to Xiis.

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LoneStarCon 3 Constructed Languages Presentation

Jeffrey S. Jones was born not in the wagon of a traveling show but in Florida. After a short career as a musician and a longer one as a firmware engineer, he retired to constructing languages full-time, a decade or so ago, picking up some linguistics in the process.

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This document was originally a set of lecture notes for a presentation with a question and answer session. It has since been updated, mainly for presentability. It first covers some background material on constructed languages and linguistics. The main and final section deals with some ways in which a non-human language might be constructed.

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