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I recommend Arika Okrent's book.

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On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 9:08 AM, Armin Buch <[log in to unmask]>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
>