2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

I Constructed a Language and All I Got Was This Lousy Grammar
Lewis N. Dunham
Dr. Doug Ball, Faculty Mentor

This presentation seeks to describe the benefits, both scholarly and personal, to constructing a language, and to give insight into the process. I briefly compare my own goals in my language constructing efforts to those of other subcategories of constructed languages. I discuss the language I constructed in an advanced linguistics course in the spring of 2015, Nālēp̂eřu Līlēragi, an artistic language created for a fictional society. I give an overview of the major features of the language, with special attention paid to its sound system, pronouns, and treatment of subjects and objects. Throughout this overview I discuss the balance I tried to keep between making the language consistent with both the tendencies of natural languages and my own, sometimes conflicting, aesthetic preferences. Spoken samples of my language will be provided.

Keywords: Linguistics, Language, Constructed Languages


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -4
Location: VH 1224
Time: 3:15

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