Armin Buch,

I'm not certain if you are looking for scientific literature on specific 
conlangs or on the creation of conlangs. If it's the former, the only 
book I have on a specific conlang is a small volume (about 200 pages) 
called _The Languages of Tolkien's Middle Earth_ by Ruth S. Noel 
(Tolkien is where I started). It offers more detail than the bits on 
pronunciation and writing in the back of _The Lord of the Rings_, and 
covers many of Tolkien's languages, but mostly Quenya and Sindarin. 
Though, at so few pages, I'm not certain it would entirely classify as 
"scientific" there is quite a bit of information in there.

As for the second possibility (the creation of conlangs) other than some 
articles (most of which are on the front page of 
I've read Mark Rosenfelder's book, _The Language Construction Kit_, 
which deals both with the non-linguist's approach to creating languages 
and some more scientific linguistic approaches and considerations. 
What's more, Rosenfelder's book has an analysis (albeit by himself) of 
one of his constructed languages, Kebreni. So, if you're looking 
information on specific conlangs, it might be worth checking this book 
out anyway. Also _Create Your Own Language_ by Holly Lislie (available 
only as an e-book), though I'm not certain of it's scientific merit.

Of course, I can't say that any of these books are in German (though one 
or two might be), but I imagine by your e-mail you have a firm grasp on 
English. Either way, I hope those help, and good luck with the class. 
All the best.

J. M. DeSantis
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On 2/23/2012 9:08 AM, Armin Buch wrote:
> Greetings!
> (This is my first post to the list. It is not my purpose to violate any
> of your conventions/rules here.)
> Starting in mid-April, I am offering a course on constructed languages
> at Tübingen University (Germany), with only as much emphasis on
> Esperanto as needed (e.g. to study spontaneous, internal language change
> in a conlang). The course is explicitly _not_ about international
> languages (whether natural or constructed).
> To me it appears that research on conlangs is usually done in Esperanto,
> on Esperanto/another auxlang, advocating it; and there is little else. I
> am looking for this "else": scientific literature on constructed
> languages, especially on fictional languages. I am grateful for any
> hints, or other relevant resources. (I am already well equipped with
> lists of conlangs, and descriptions of individual conlangs.)
> I am of course willing to share all my findings and results of teaching
> this course to anyone interested. Course materials will be available
> online.
> Kind regards,
> Armin Buch
> PS: This is my list so far. I haven't read them yet - does anyone know
> them?
> Haupenthal, Reinhard [editor]
> Plansprachen
> Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchsellgeschaft, 1976
> Large, Andrew
> The artificial language movement
> Oxford&  New York: Blackwell, 1985, 1987
> Meyers, Walter E.
> Aliens and linguists. Language study and science fiction.
> Athens [Georgia]: University of Georgia Press, 1980
> Barker, Muhammad Ab-dal-Rahman
> The Tsolyani language
> Minneapolis: Barker, 1978
> Allesandro Bausani (1970): Geheim- und Universalsprachen: Entwicklung
> und Typologie
> Detlev Blanke (1977): Zur wissenschaftlichen Beschäftigung mit
> Plansprachen I&  II, Zeitschrift für Phonetik, Sprachwissenschaft und
> Kommunikationsforschung, vol. 30, p. 122-133&  389-398.
> The following ones are suggestions from amazon:
> In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets,
> Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect
> Language - Arika Okrent
> In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity,
> Madness, and Genius - Arika Okrent
> > From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages - Michael Adams
> A Dictionary of Made-Up Languages: From Adunaic to Elvish, Zaum to
> Klingon -- The Anwa (Real) Origins of Invented Lexicons - Stephen D.
> Rogers