Current Status: The class has started. Classes are Wednesdays 4-6pm at 204 Wheeler.
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This is the official website for the Constructing Languages DeCal. This is a student-run linguistics class at UC Berkeley, for Spring Semester 2006, starting the first week of February, and running at a time TBD.
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If you're interested in the class, please fill out the poll on the entry set up for that, or email me. At this point, if you want to join, you will need to physically come to the class, preferrably having already watched the videos of previous classes. You can obtain CCNs in person or by doing that; you will need to sign yourself up for the class through BearFacts or the registar, as I do not handle that. I will sign however whatever forms you may need to do so.
The syllabus is posted on decal.org. The synopsis below should give you a good idea of what this class is about. Again, if you're interested, and want me to cover particular material - or think something I'm planning is boring / unnecessary - tell me!
This DeCal is run by Sai - saizai. The community conlangs will be very useful for students, as will the CONLANGS list at Brown U's webserver, or any of the other conlangs mailing lists. The UC student group ucb_lcs may also be of interest.
Copies of the reader and course outline are available by email; I will send them to everyone who shows up to class and asks.
Synopsis: Constructed languages (conlangs) - a.k.a. "artificial languages", etc - include a wide variety of languages. Esperanto, Klingon, Quenya, Loglan / Lojban, Signed Exact English, proto-Indo-European, and many many others are all conlangs. Arguably, this list includes Received English, Korean, and Turkish as well.
This class will be about designing your own language, mostly from the bottom up. We will work on a class language together, using ideas from various students, as you create (or continue to work on) your own languages at home (and discuss them in class). The class will not cover the history or theory of conlangs, nor formal linguistics, except as necessary. The main focus will be on actually getting “into it” – starting from day one – and learning what you need as you go.
If you are interested in these more in-depth topics, talk to me. There is plenty of material available, including some videos from the previous year’s class, and books in the library.
No linguistic background is necessary for this class, though it will certainly be useful. Likewise, reading through the reader will be very useful (especially for those new to conlanging), as will be reading the recommended text, though these are both optional.
This class will be run in a manner fairly different from last year’s Conlangs DE-Cal – less intense, and more hands-on. Last year’s was closer in scope to a full Ling 1 or Ling 101 class.
Specifically, for the parts of this course over which I hold copyright (i.e., those created or substantially modified by me), I grant anyone anywhere anywhen permission to reproduce, reuse, build upon, display, etc., so long as a) it is non-commercial (nobody makes money from it), b) any modifications or deriviative works are published under the same license, and c) I get credit as appropriate. Additionally, I grant unlimited permission to duplicate any materials for private use or for use as a teaching aid in a noncommercial setting (i.e., you're not making money off of teaching it), under the same conditions. If you use my work under this, or if you find it useful, I would appreciate an email saying so.
For commercial use of this or any derivative work, you'll need to contact me for explicit permission.