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  • By Donald Jordan
    Oct 25, 2011
    From the Author: A book of Names I wrote this a number of years ago and hadn't really thought much about it for a while until recently when my son decided that he was going to start writing a novel and asked me where the book I wrote a while back called The Namican was. He was having trouble coming up with names for places and characters and liked looking through the book for inspiration. When I first started writing, I remember a professor of mine suggesting to the class that a book of baby names could be helpful when trying to come up with names for characters. As with a human's inability to come up with random numbers, we are also bad at coming up with randomly unique names. We have bias towards certain sounds and phonemes which get repeated in subtle, yet pervasive ways. I was interested in fantasy, however, so a baby name book could only be of limited use. Why not a book of names for fantasy settings? Why just names? Why not a book of words that could provide inspiration for... More > names and perhaps a whole language? The idea behind the book is that there are certain rules behind every language and grammar. When building a fantasy world, often writers or gamers just make up strange sounding words, but if you are trying to build a cohesive environment, sometimes it makes sense to go a little deeper and develop a linguistic history-or at the very least, make sure that the words, names, and places in a region at least conform to the same rules while sounding distinctly different from the bordering regions. I wrote this in the late 90's as a small project where I attempted to create various language rules and characteristics that could be changed in order to generate interesting and unique combinations of words that could be used to develop a language, place names, character names etc. The result was around 35,000 words that were divided into 23 language groups. Like real life, some language groups are more similar to each other than others. The idea was that if a writer had several cultures that they were dealing with, they could choose (or be inspired by) words from one category for one, and chose from another category for the other. The book consists of a short introduction and around 170 pages of lists of words. This is a labor of love and is self published. The current version is available via download and paperback from Lulu and an earlier versions is available on iBooks under the title "The Dictionary Namican."< Less
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Product Details

Edition
Second Edition
Published
July 30, 2011
Language
English
Pages
178
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.71 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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