Date of Award

2017

First Advisor

Rebecca Fiske

Second Advisor

Nancy Bonvillain

Abstract

The intent in writing Natural Language in a Constructed World was primarily to display the construction of both a fictional society and the language that the people of the society speak. In this thesis, there is a discussion of what makes a language a constructed language versus a natural language. Through making a naturalistic constructed language, I have come to a greater understanding of linguistics and language universals. The two main sections of the thesis are the ‘Grammar of Hæla’ and the ‘Culture of Hælathóra’. The first displays all the rules and constructions of the constructed language I have made while the second covers the key aspects of the culture and how the culture connects to the language. Culture is such an inherent part of language, and in this thesis I have come to the conclusion that you cannot realistically create one without the other.

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