Links

Conlangs Worth a Look

Discussion Forums

  • 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-Tos

Known from the Media

Linguistics

Software

  • BabelMap Online
    The online version of the no less useful replacement for Windows’ own Character Map.
  • FontForge
    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.
  • WinCompose
    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.

Suggested reading

  • 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.

Useful fonts

  • Junicode
    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.

Writing systems

  • 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.