School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Constructing a Language

Module code: LIN6203

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Monday 10 am - 12 pm

Contact: Prof David Adger
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: "LIN401, LIN402, LIN037"

From Esperanto to Klingon, from Volapuk to Elvish, from Leibniz's Universal Characteristic to Peterson's Dothraki, humans have made up artificial languages to support political, philosophical, and creative ends. This course examines examples of such artificial languages and their relation to natural language systems, and allows you to create a constructed language of your own, with a strong focus on systematic linguistic structure: phonological, morphological and syntactic systems as well as systems of lexical semantics and historical change. It will require you to bring together all your knowledge of linguistic structures as you make up your own language.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6