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by cedh
Thu 02 Aug 2018, 05:18
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Famous CBB Quotes Thread
Replies: 99
Views: 20371

Re: Famous CBB Quotes Thread

Most good art encapsulates duality - it lives in a state of tension. Things in the world present themselves to us as the things they are - unitary and discrete (likewise events). A large part of the artistic response to the world is attempting to conceive of the things that would fill the gaps betw...
by cedh
Sun 29 Jul 2018, 12:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 1095
Views: 105305

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

I've created a couple of glyphs for a logographic writing system which I think look good, but I have no idea what their meaning should be. The culture in question is early bronze age, with cities but not yet any large kingdoms. Any suggestions? (Ideas suitable for rotated variants of these glyphs ar...
by cedh
Tue 12 Jun 2018, 08:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13848
Views: 847048

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

wintiver wrote:
Tue 12 Jun 2018, 00:19
i ɯ u
e ɤ o
ɛ ʌ ɔ
a
Low tone:
i ĭ u
e ŭ o
ĕ ă ŏ
a


High tone:
í î ú
é û ó
ê â ô
á
by cedh
Wed 06 Jun 2018, 20:06
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Famous CBB Quotes Thread
Replies: 99
Views: 20371

Re: Famous CBB Quotes Thread

If Nahuatl is a VSO head-marking language, why does it have postpositions instead of prepositions? I get that it might not be that unusual in Mesoamerica, but I think the tendency is for Verb initial languages to have prepositions. The simplest answer here is just that tendencies are not absolute. ...
by cedh
Tue 05 Jun 2018, 08:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 1095
Views: 105305

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

I feel like I've exhausted every possible variation of the basic shapes. If you want more fairly simple glyphs, you'll probably have to allow glyphs with only vertical and horizontal lines too, giving you possibilities such as ‡ Π Ш. That said, you could of course also simply rotate the latter thre...
by cedh
Tue 05 Jun 2018, 08:32
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Kovur Grammar - Thoughts, Questions, Comments?
Replies: 20
Views: 2777

Re: Kovur Grammar - Thoughts, Questions, Comments?

Let's get some numbers into this. Let's start with a swadesh-size vocabulary. Around say 150 common nouns, and around 50 common verbs. We want to make 'statemes' out of these. How many statemes would we need? Well, at least 50, one for each verb. And then for each verb, we'd need a different versio...
by cedh
Fri 01 Jun 2018, 08:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 1095
Views: 105305

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

I need new ideas for new glyph shapes. Some ideas: - v (i.e. like your "f-" glyph, but without the additional line on the left side) - two ^ above each other - something similar to // - something similar to ʎ - something similar to ψ (but with diagonal strokes at the side) - an inverted triangle li...
by cedh
Fri 01 Jun 2018, 08:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11128
Views: 706861

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Thanks for the explanation. I like this a lot! [+1]
by cedh
Wed 30 May 2018, 14:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11128
Views: 706861

Re: What did you accomplish today?

After, what, three years? After three years, Alál finally has properly-derived axis markers, which have always been some of the most important derivational (and sometimes inflectional, since they also mark tense) morphemes of the verb. This looks and sounds interesting. What do the axis markers do?...
by cedh
Thu 26 Apr 2018, 08:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13848
Views: 847048

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Pabappa wrote:
Thu 26 Apr 2018, 02:06
...on the basis that a pharyngealized stop cannot also be aspirated...
Chilcotin has a pharyngealized aspirated alveolar affricate. It even appears in the language's self-designation: [ts̠ˤʰᵊĩɬqʰotʼin]
by cedh
Sat 07 Apr 2018, 16:52
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6618
Views: 514276

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Certain variants of English (IIRC mostly in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of England) have something like [ə͡ʉ] for the GOAT vowel. If the hypothetical speaker speaks one of these dialects, I'd expect something like okray . Otherwise, oykray (with CHOICE) or akray (with FACE) would probably be m...
by cedh
Tue 27 Mar 2018, 10:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13848
Views: 847048

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Yes, changes of that sort are attested. A fairly well-known natlang example is the palatalisation of *k → tʃ → ʃ before /a/ in French. But: Usually there's a phonetic motivation somewhere underneath; in this case most likely that /a/ was pronounced a bit closer to the front of the mouth than today w...
by cedh
Tue 27 Mar 2018, 09:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6618
Views: 514276

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

German does have a distinction between a phonemic affricate /t͡s/ and a cluster [t.s] that occurs across syllable boundaries, but the latter is best analysed phonemically as /t.z/ since /s/ normally doesn't occur in onset position in native words. Accordingly, the phonetic distinction is mostly a fo...
by cedh
Wed 21 Mar 2018, 10:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6618
Views: 514276

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

How are constructions like "I saw him sitting on a bench." analysed? Here are a couple of Wikipedia articles on related topics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exceptional_case-marking https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_(linguistics) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_clause https://en.wikipedia....
by cedh
Fri 09 Mar 2018, 11:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13848
Views: 847048

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

It turns out the Silvish numbers sí [ˈsi] "six" and sé [ˈse] "seven" are pronounced the same in a very specific circumstance. Before a word with an initial nasal, they both end up pronounced [sɛ̃]. This ambiguity is more than a little onerous. (Is that 6 million or 7 million euros?) Does anyone kno...
by cedh
Tue 27 Feb 2018, 09:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random ideas: Morphosyntax
Replies: 685
Views: 76324

Re: Random ideas: Morphosyntax

D is the donor of a detransitive clause, T is the theme of a detransitive clause, and R is the recipient of a detransitive clause. You mean "ditransitive"; detransitive is something else entirely (it's when a verb that was originally transitive has had its transitivity reduced). Also the "subject" ...
by cedh
Sat 24 Feb 2018, 21:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 158
Views: 16085

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

Wow, this text really changed a lot! Very nice! I'm the one who introduced the elders and the megalith. This happened because (a) I always try to make relay texts fit in with my concultures (in this case, a late chalcolithic / early bronze age society in which astronomy has religious significance, a...
by cedh
Sat 24 Feb 2018, 21:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2850
Views: 203724

Re: Yay or Nay?

You could also draw up some restrictions as to the types of AAB and ABB clusters allowed in the language. For example: - geminated nasals and liquids might only be allowed in position A (this would allow /lls/ but not /sll/) - geminated voiced fricatives might only be allowed in position B, and pos...
by cedh
Fri 23 Feb 2018, 10:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 158
Views: 16085

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

cedh wrote:
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 09:31
Torch received.
...translated into Ronc Tyu, and passed on to Frislander.
by cedh
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 09:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 158
Views: 16085

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

Torch received.