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by Salmoneus
Fri 17 Aug 2018, 12:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: West Saxon Grammar Sketch v 0.0.1
Replies: 13
Views: 568

Re: West Saxon Grammar Sketch v 0.0.1

The orthography section all seems to make sense to me (although it helps that my own english-influenced germanic language has or had many similar rules*). My stylistic comment is that you sometimes get quite colloquial, and in ways that aren't valid in my dialect (like 'glob on to' and 'diphthongise...
by Salmoneus
Sun 12 Aug 2018, 22:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6624
Views: 519069

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

How would you pronounce /c/ /ɲ/ when they occur in the coda position, especially when they are not word final. Languages vary, but a common way is to pronounce them [c] and [ɲ]. There's absolutely no reason why these would be harder to pronounce word-finally than elsewhere, because they just involv...
by Salmoneus
Sun 12 Aug 2018, 16:16
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)
Replies: 52
Views: 3892

Re: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)

...sure, and the point is? Or rather: you say we are "confused", but I don't see any confusion here. Sure, other people talking about other things in other places may use words differently. Sure. Some of them speak Chinese, too. For what it's worth, a priori actually dates from the beginning of the ...
by Salmoneus
Sat 11 Aug 2018, 21:33
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)
Replies: 52
Views: 3892

Re: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)

I don't think that threefold division works that well, because 'engelang' is so radically under-defined, "'auxlang' operates on a different dimension (the dimension of practical use, which is unrelated to the features of the language - for any type of language, someone's suggested using it as an aux...
by Salmoneus
Sat 11 Aug 2018, 17:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13878
Views: 855151

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

I think it does not. Pre-defined comparative concepts like the categories in WALS cannot be used to proof the absence of structures that do not fit the categories. But if this was a big category of languages that clearly didn't fit the categories WALS used, you'd expect there to be a 'none of the a...
by Salmoneus
Thu 09 Aug 2018, 01:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13878
Views: 855151

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

It occurred to me: does this mean there are no languages the primary possessive predicates of which take the form "I am rich in/to/with one dog" or "I am the owner of a dog"?
by Salmoneus
Tue 07 Aug 2018, 00:02
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6624
Views: 519069

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

Rhaeto-Romance and Gallo-Romance both fronted /u/, yes. But since original short /u/ > /U/ > /o/ anyway, there's no way to tell if it was before the loss of length - I doubt it.
by Salmoneus
Sat 04 Aug 2018, 23:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13878
Views: 855151

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

Irish is a close-to-home example of the 'at me' strategy. Tá madra agam , "Stands a dog at me" ("I have a dog") (not literally 'stands' - its lost its original non-auxiliary meaning). Sometimes 'with' is used instead: tá madra liom , "Stands a dog with me" ("I own a dog"). The difference is apparent...
by Salmoneus
Sat 04 Aug 2018, 11:25
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Dealing with Conlanger's Block
Replies: 23
Views: 948

Re: Dealing with Conlanger's Block

That's your problem, you should have made it North Germanic like me! Which articles have -z? In North Germanic you get three articles, two of which end in nasal consonants. I partially solved this problem by adopting Irish "na" for the feminine while keeping masculine en (<hinn). Well, in this case...
by Salmoneus
Sat 04 Aug 2018, 02:06
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Dealing with Conlanger's Block
Replies: 23
Views: 948

Re: Dealing with Conlanger's Block

That's your problem, you should have made it North Germanic like me! Which articles have -z? In North Germanic you get three articles, two of which end in nasal consonants. I partially solved this problem by adopting Irish "na" for the feminine while keeping masculine en (<hinn). Well, in this case...
by Salmoneus
Fri 03 Aug 2018, 22:33
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Dealing with Conlanger's Block
Replies: 23
Views: 948

Re: Dealing with Conlanger's Block

FWIW, I struggled with exactly the same issues with Wenthish, which likewise is a Germanic language that had influence from Old Irish. It's ended up not looking that Irish at all - other than some loanwords and maybe some spelling conventions - but I've gone through several phases of Celticising it,...
by Salmoneus
Fri 03 Aug 2018, 19:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Anglo-Romance Language Collab
Replies: 189
Views: 13260

Re: Anglo-Romance Language Collab

gokupwned5, you should revive this thread. It was really interesting. I will, but in a new thread. Might I ask why? We made a lot of progress in this thread. Yeah, but the whole point of this sort of thread is to spend a lot of time and not make any progress, so... [because if you do make progress,...
by Salmoneus
Fri 03 Aug 2018, 01:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 818
Views: 78151

Re: English Orthography Reform

The difference in the case of spelling, of course, is that 94% of people are already "millionaires", 4% will become millionaires soon with minimal effort, and 1% of people will never be rich no matter what reform you introduce. That leaves 1% who might actually benefit somewhat from spelling reform,...
by Salmoneus
Thu 02 Aug 2018, 12:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2850
Views: 205157

Re: Yay or Nay?

Would anyone care if I started conlanging again Sorry, I'm not sure I understand the question? Do you mean would anyone object? [which would be the normal interpretation IMD but seems to require some strange assumptions] Or do you mean would anyone have sympathy and compassion? It seems the most li...
by Salmoneus
Wed 01 Aug 2018, 18:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2850
Views: 205157

Re: Yay or Nay?

judging from other Romance and Germanic languages, the tendency seems to be the generalization of the verb "to have". Just to add to this: this is a recognised ongoing trend throughout the Romance/Germanic sprachbund. "Be" was 'originally' used with all intransitives in both families, but almost al...
by Salmoneus
Wed 01 Aug 2018, 12:54
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Dealing with Conlanger's Block
Replies: 23
Views: 948

Re: Dealing with Conlanger's Block

I also have conlangers bloc. It arises out of decision paralysis. In my Mannish I cannot decide whether or not to include initial mutations, how to work them into the language, how the grammar is affected and so on, and then I get annoyed that I deviated from my original goal of a conservative Norw...
by Salmoneus
Wed 01 Aug 2018, 12:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: europidjin? euroblabla? europex?
Replies: 38
Views: 1045

Re: europidjin? euroblabla? europex?

And in the thread about english spelling reform i've seen some reform proposals, so it seems that not all members are against reform. Unless they were just doing for fun, but in the end opposed it, i dont know. Yes, it's certainly true that some people here are at least open to spelling reform. But...
by Salmoneus
Tue 31 Jul 2018, 13:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6624
Views: 519069

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

It seems like /a/ was first to lose vowel length I think it may be more likely that vowel length was lost in all vowels at the same time, but /a/ was the only vowel whose short and long counterparts did not differ in quality, so it was the only vowel whose long and short counterparts merged complet...
by Salmoneus
Mon 30 Jul 2018, 10:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6624
Views: 519069

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

Had any Romance language/dialect treated Latin /a/ differently from /aː/? Or did they merge before any dialectal differences could affect them? I can't find anything yet that says that there are Romance languages which do or did distinguish between reflexes of long and short /a/, but I'd assume tha...
by Salmoneus
Sun 29 Jul 2018, 23:14
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Anyone want to make my wiki multilingual?
Replies: 5
Views: 188

Re: Anyone want to make my wiki multilingual?

...so, to get this straight... ...you want to run a company , ie. a profit-making entity, and you want random strangers to devote their time to translating your content for you , so that you can make money from their efforts, and you want them to do this for free ? ...and you think it's a good idea ...