Conlangs Worth a Look
- The CBB
Discussion board for constructed languages, founded in 2005.
- The Conlang Mailing List (CONLANG-L)
A mailing list on constructed languages, founded in 1991. Operates by e-mail, still alive. Main gathering place of Language Creation Society folks.
- The LCS’s list of online conlanging communities
An even longer list of conlangery on the internet than this one.
- Zompist Bulletin Board (ZBB)
Discussion board for Mark “Zompist” Rosenfelder’s stuff, founded in 2002. You’re encouraged to also discuss linguistics and your own fictional languages and worlds. It’s where I grew up, conlanging-wise.
- How to Create a Language
Pablo David Flores’s starter’s guide on creating languages. A nice complement to Mark Rosenfelder’s guide.
Jan Strassers Crashkurs zum Erschaffen fiktionaler Sprachen
- The Language Construction Kit
Mark Rosenfelder’s starter’s guide on fictional languages – by means of a basic linguistics intro
Known from the Media
- Dothraki by David J. Peterson
From the “Game of Thrones” TV series, 2011–ongoing.
- J.R.R. Tolkien’s various languages
From the “Lord of the Rings” etc. books and movies.
- Klingon by Mark Okrand
From the “Star Trek” TV series and movies.
- Na’vi by Paul Frommer
From the “Avatar” movie, 2009.
- CALS – Conlang Atlas of Language Structures
A typological database of fictional languages that is based on the WALS database
- Index Diachronica
Collection of historical sound changes from natural languages
- Leipzig Glossing Rules
A guide to abbreviations of functional morphemes as commonly used in interlinear glosses in linguistics.
- The Resources thread of the ZBB
Links to language and linguistics resources collected by ZBB members over the years. Unfortunately not very organized.
Database of verb valency patterns
- WALS – World Atlas of Language Structures
A typological database of many natural languages, including tons of maps on the occurrence of grammatical features worldwide, including articles that explain them.
- WOLD – World Loanword Database
Database of loanwords between natural languages. Also informs about words that are cross-linguistically (un)likely to get replaced by borrowings, i.e. useful for diachronic conlanging.
- BabelMap Online
The online version of the no less useful replacement for Windows’ own Character Map.
FontForge, a very powerful open-source font editor. Works best in connection with a separate vector graphics program. Runs natively on Linux, but there are binaries for other systems, too.
- IPA Character Picker
A page that presents an IPA chart whose characters are put in an editable text field as you click on them. You can then copy them out and paste them elsewhere.
- Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC)
Microsoft’s little program to make your own custom keyboard layouts for Windows.
- SIL Graphite
A framework for customized advanced typesetting features by SIL International (formerly the Summer Institute of Linguistics). Support in consumer software is limited to a handful of programs, though.
- Type IPA phonetic symbols
Another website that assists you in composing IPA character strings.
A little application for Windows that mimics the Compose Key functionality of Linux. Very useful for entering accented and a few other common special characters without memorizing Alt codes or changing keyboard layouts.
- Acta Lingweenie
William Annis’ blog. He’s one of the hosts of the Conlangery Podcast and a living linguistics encyclopedia.
- Bad Conlanging Ideas
A Tumblr blog providing crowdsourced conlang- and linguistics-related lulz.
- Conlangery Podcast
A podcast program about conlanging. They deal with linguistics and review both fictional and real languages. Very informative.
- Miniature Conlangs
Miekko’s blog, in which he presents little sketches on grammatical features. Miekko has quite a penchant for adding interesting twists and turns to things, so this is great for getting some inspiration!
- Radiolab Podcast
Not linguistics related, but presenting fascinating stories episode after episode.
An elegant roman typeface with lots of special characters, aimed at language scholars and especially so at medievalists.
- Linux Libertine and Biolinum
Two free fonts which I find classy and highly legible, which have the same metrics as Times New Roman, and which include IPA support and advanced typography features.
- Noto font family
A sans-serif font family by Google “that aims to support all the world’s languages”
- Symbola Font
A font based on Computer Modern Serif that contains many, many, many, many characters of the latest Unicode specification.
- The Brill
Extensive roman typeface aimed at language scholars, free for personal use.
- Ancient Scripts
A page by Lawrence Lo about the history of many writing systems in the world. Contains an extensive list of references.
- Wikipedia: Writing Systems portal
A list of Wikipedia articles on different writing systems found in the world. Do not use for academic research.