Chad Queen is looking for an intrepid language expert to create a full language for a science-fiction book trilogy. The language itself is a universal language used by spacefarers across the universe, for written and spoken communication between species, and originated as a lingua franca between traders. The language and script are mostly naturalistic and human, but simplified, regularised and utilitarian. The structure of the language is not set in stone though, and the employer wants to give the conlanger enough creative license to make something that they are happy with. The language will be used sparingly in the books themselves, but the employer is planning various additional materials (games, marketing materials) where the language will be featured more prominently.
The starting job itself consists of:
- One basic full language with a full grammar, romanisation, and about 500 words of vocabulary;
- One basic native orthography for the language, with a simple font covering a single glyph style.
The employer sees this job as a starting point, laying the foundation for a long-term collaboration. Translations and additional materials are not part of the project as described here, and when needed will be paid for separately.
Open until job filled
The deadline of the original project is three months after agreement, subject to negotiation.
$600 for the project as described above (payment in two $300 instalments up front and upon completion). Compensation for additional work will be negotiated.
Besides compensation, the language creator will be fully credited for their work.
Email Chad Queen at conlang_request “at” summerdoorstudios “dot” com to express your interest in the project. Please include qualifications and samples of previous work.
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