The Namican: A Book of Names and Words for Your Imaginary Settings
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The Namican contains 35,000 words divided into 23 language families, each following a different set of language rules. The intent of this book is to provide a resource to both writers and gamers. Coming up with a good name may not be very hard, but trying to populate a world, complete with regions, cities, towns, inhabitance, and history is often more difficult. One of the advantages of using the Namican is that it simplifies the process of naming and developing localized languages. While some writers are comfortable making names up, or using names derived from modern or ancient languages, the process can be difficult especially if the writer is attempting to create a rich environment where language and place names are cohesive in order to create a plausible sense of depth and history.
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Oct 25, 2011From 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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- Donald W Jordan (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Edition
- July 30, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.71 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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