Saturday, February 5, 2022

A Note on Proper Names and Pronunciations: a language resource

This post is Part 2 of a series to augment the Codex of the Known World available for free download. Start with Part 1 here.

This and other linguistic resources are gathered in my Language Directory for you to explore.

Find more worldbuilding content in my Codex Directory.

In Part 1 of this series, I outlined the many dialects and languages of the Known World. Due to the many books and stories in my Tales of the Known World saga, I opted against creating a unique glossary for every publication.

However, these various publications often contain the names of people and places, and I still needed a way to provide my readers with a guide to the pronunciations of those names. So instead of a multitude of separate glossaries, I've created a single master glossary in the Language Appendix available below.

Download the Language Appendix:

Most people of the Known World speak Allanic. But the world is rife with different dialects and the cultural heritage languages that influence them. For more about the role and inner workings of language, check out the Language Appendix above.

The reference books for the saga, such as the Magic Codex of the Known World, and the book of epic poetry, Portents of Mother's Gate, contain no glossary at all. Similarly, the bookends and other short stories for the saga do not contain a glossary.

However, I did make a unique glossary for each full-length novel in the saga. Due to the evolving nature of some characters and their roles in the story, it made more sense to avoid spoilers by separating their glossary entries on a book-by-book basis.

In the Language Appendix available above, only the most recent glossary entry is provided, meaning that some spoilers are contained therein. To avoid encountering these revelations prematurely, please be sure to read the saga before exploring too deeply. You have been warned.

Of course, being a huge language nerd myself, I completely understand if you want to dive right in! To avoid spoilers, try to steer clear of the roles and definitions provided in Appendix I: Name Pronunciation Guide and Appendix V: Master Glossary until you've caught up on the story.

That's it for this post! Up Next: The linguistics behind how I spell prophesy...

For the Language Appendix, enter your email above.

Liked this? Share, please!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Hello, there! Connect with me:

Leave a comment, ask a question, share a story, make a friend.