So, you want to create your own languages? Whether it’s for a story, your own personal use, a theoretical worldwide language, or any combination of other goals, you’ve come to the right place.
I’m @48lexR, but you can call me Lex or Zen. I’ll be facilitating the discussions around languages. I conlang for fun and use the languages I create in my stories. As a result, I’ve done a bunch of research that I hope can help you.
Even if you haven’t already created a language, that’s fine! There’s no need to create a language to be a part of this thread. I just hope you’ll get some ideas here.
- How many sounds should I have?
Ooh, that’s a good one.
It depends on the vibe you’re going for. If you’re going for an auxlang (i.e. an international auxilliary language) then you’ll want only sounds that are common cross-linguistically. If you’re going for a “Mordor Gates of Hell” vibe, it’s possible to pull this off with more fricatives, especially laryngeals and velars, and other deep, post-velar sounds. If you’re going for an Austronesian vibe, you’ll want less consonants and more vowels. It really depends on what vibe you’re going for.
That being said, if naturalism (i.e. making it look naturalistic) is your priority, then you might want to research the phonology of the language you’d like your conlang most to sound like, and then build on it.