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.
Ein 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!
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.