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by Creyeditor
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 17:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 491
Views: 27635

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

So, I just wanted to mention, for me, it was definitely real life challenges (in a positive way) that got it my way. And there are many more to come.
by Creyeditor
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 12:50
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 493
Views: 36291

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

One can only guess. Indonesian dua comes from Proto-Austronesian *<duSa> /dusa/. The Fijian form is IINM /dua/. If we assume the Proto-Austronesian form *<əsa> /əça/, we habe to assume schwa deletion (>/ça/), foritition (>/da/) and diphthongization (maybe also depalatalization?) to get /dua/. Intere...
by Creyeditor
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 13:01
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How would you redesign IPA?
Replies: 17
Views: 234

Re: How would you redesign IPA?

Yeah, because linguists also never agreed on the IPA. It just didn't catch on. And there were no reforms to IPA, never ever ever. \irony off
by Creyeditor
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 12:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675221

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

The most interesting thing I know about modality is not expressing it or merging several categories. There are languages with a general deontic suffix, that can mean 'allow' or 'obligation'. You should really read up on different modality categories and how they cooccur. Some language contrast abili...
by Creyeditor
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 22:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675221

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

Relational nouns (on the top of, on the inside of, etc. ) and coverbs (entering, etc) come to mind for adpositions. Properties can also be expressed by nouns in a possessive-like construction (man of greatness = great man, or also greatness of man=great man). Instrumental contruction comes to mind, ...
by Creyeditor
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 11:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random ideas: Morphosyntax
Replies: 646
Views: 56727

Re: Random ideas: Morphosyntax

I like that alignment a lot [:)] If you only look at the intransitive and transitive sentences only it looks tripartite. If you look at transitive and ditransitive sentences it looks like some crazy dative alignment version. But the combination is what makes it really interesting, and I also think a...
by Creyeditor
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 10:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6387
Views: 403973

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

But stressed shwas are an abomination :mrgreen:
by Creyeditor
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 10:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 493
Views: 36291

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

:eng: to overhear sth. / to oversee sth. :deu: etw. überhören / etw. übersehen The German ones actually mean "not to hear / not to see sth.". This can actually cause confusion because it is not immediately obvious that the German speaker didn't mean "overhear", or the English speaker didn't mean "ü...
by Creyeditor
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 10:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675221

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

For the sake of the user-experience, please include the derivations [:)]
by Creyeditor
Sat 17 Feb 2018, 20:31
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

You make these relatable for people, still different, without lampshading it.
by Creyeditor
Sat 17 Feb 2018, 19:56
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How would you redesign IPA?
Replies: 17
Views: 234

Re: How would you redesign IPA?

I would finally add some additional symbols for laterals. ɭ̊˔ is rather silly for what could be simply ꞎ (which is in unicode, but not officially part of IPA!). Same with the palatal and velar laterals. I also feel like some of the sounds could really do with dedicated voiceless symbols, but I have...
by Creyeditor
Thu 15 Feb 2018, 22:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675221

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

Yes, that sounds sensible. You could also invent a new preposition (or something similar) à la Spanish 'a' (again). But it would also work (and be interesting!) without it.
by Creyeditor
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 02:27
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

I'd see this as as a morton's fork, unfortunately. Prong one: your species are humans who wear strange hats. [/have wings /have bumpy foreheads /have pointy ears /are descended from lizards, etc]. The more you focus on these people, the more obvious it becomes that they are just humans who are wear...
by Creyeditor
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 02:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 15
Views: 286

Re: English Dialects

Wasn't there someone using the Vowel Hunter and Praat for phonetic measurements of their vowels? Sal, would you think that such a comparison would be more meaningful?
by Creyeditor
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 00:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675221

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

Hungarian IIRC has an a different verbal paradigm for a group of objects, roughly saying definite objects. There might be other effetcs of this that I forgot. Now my Idea is, that if you develop something simila, e.g. accusative marking only for definite subjects a bit à la Spanish, you do not need ...
by Creyeditor
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 22:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675221

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

Maybe have a compromise? Maybe have differential object marking for definitness. (Hungarian has it, right?) And then only suffix the article if it is needed to dintinguish it in other positions, like subjects and so on.
by Creyeditor
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 21:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675221

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

What are some interesting ways to form Comparatives and Superlatives? Verbal and phrasal ones. Looking at the WALS chapter might help. Things like 'I exceed you in talness' or 'I am tall, you not' are my favorite constructions. Also building the superlative from the comparative by adding 'everyone ...
by Creyeditor
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 01:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675221

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

sangi39 wrote:
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 00:35
Alamblak, a language of Papua New Guinea, according to Steven B. Jackson, associates long and tall things with the masculine gender and round and short things with the feminine gender.
This is actually a crosslinguistic tendency. Khoekhoegowab does something similar for example.
by Creyeditor
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 22:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 15
Views: 286

Re: English Dialects

Are there conditions for the ɑ~ä alternations in PALM, START and LOT?
Also I feel like there are some vowels missing, especially the long vowels. Where do they occur?
by Creyeditor
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 22:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 15
Views: 286

Re: English Dialects

Could you relate them to Well's lexical sets? That would make comparison easier.