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blairjay asked: So, I'm starting to conlang...

blairjay asked:
So, I'm starting to conlang. Do you feel that making a conlang before a world/culture might be better, so you can base place names and such in the conlang?


A good question. I always feel like a conlang and its culture are so intrinsically related that I don’t think you can do one with no thought for the other.
In fact the very choices you make on your conlang will inform you of the culture. E.g.: why is the word for “to grow” related to “tree”? Why “ten” is related to “hand”? Etc. It’s always good to think of this little bits of culture when developing your conlang and viceversa.
Consider names: if you have many names with the word for “duck”, then what is its significance in the culture of those speakers? What’s taboo? What’s not? All those questions spring from the creation of the language itself.
So, I would advice to have both in mind, you can start with one or the other of course, but ultimately they will show some relationship.
I hope I have answered your question and thanks for asking! Keep them coming! 😃

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