Jason is serving as Constructed Language Architect on this rural fantasy novel and its forthcoming sequel, Medicine for the dead:
I collaborated with Tex in developing the lexicon and grammar of each of her alternate-universe languages, which reflect specific elements of the novel's version of history — and, in some cases, the non-human biology of the beings who speak them.
Creating fictional variants of real languages and cultures, as we did with Marín and Fraichais, brings a very particular set of challenges, because the result needs to seem familiar, yet somehow alien at the same time.
The languages in Sixes should not only convey a sense of linguistic and historical verisimilitude, but also evoke a sense of character or setting; the look and/or sound of the languages themselves should help tell the story.
It's been a treat meeting and working with Tex and participating in her re-creation of the American Southwest in a "universe next door".
When not otherwise occupied with the wonders of language (real and imagined), Friday Night Linguists play (and encourage others to play) ukuleles, as members of the Grande Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp:
Sheri's in-progress guide to language creation, for the Tolkien (or Okrand, or Elgin, or Peterson) in all of us.
All about speech errors at Sheri's Slips Pages
Sheri's analysis of speech errors from a 2012 presidential debate.
A wide and growing variety of language structure problems at Sheri's Linguistic Resources Page, including morphology, phonology, and transcription in natural and invented languages.
Samples of the voices of prominent people at VoxDB - the voice database
How does a soloist sing a duet? Jason's introduction to throat-singing for linguists
Speculative Grammarian: The premier journal of satirical Linguistics
The SpecGram Podcast
An example of a Northern Plains shibboleth
An example of register shifting in action.
An example of the T/V address continuum in action!
An example of rapid speech with and without phonological processes.
Sheri plays with Perl:
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