October 24th, 2012

Invented Fantasy Languages and ESL Issues

My new post is up at the Black Gate blog. Before they even get to the invented languages, my students have to fight through a thicket of real English words they probably should know but don't yet. Helping them build their vocabularies up to the point where they can tell a coined word from a mundane one has forced me to question the assumptions I make as a writer about how word choice contributes to worldbuilding.