Conlangs — or constructed languages — give a feeling of reality to science fiction.

But constructing or learning a language means you have to know something about the structure of language. What choices are there, and what do you need to know?

In the second of a two-part series, linguist Daniel Midgley unfolds the scrolls on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Promo with James Hall

Here’s the book James and I are talking about, in our discussion of derby and clerk: A universal and critical dictionary of the English language from 1849.

And here’s the relevant page. See the entry for sergeant.

Show notes

Microbes combine chemicals to communicate.

‘Word’ in Klingon? Mu’.

David J. Peterson’s presentation on Dothraki, including cases

Low blood sugar makes you ‘hangry’.

Show tunes

‘Our Inventions’ by Lali Puna
from the album Our Inventions

‘Two Forms of Anger’ by Brian Eno
from the album Small Craft on a Milk Sea