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by DesEsseintes
Mon 04 Jun 2018, 07:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 779300

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

I have a couple of questions this time. 1. What are the universals and tendencies of dependent-marking languages? I've read that they are always nominative-accusative and usually place the adjective before the noun, but I think Chechen is a dependent-marking ergative language, according to Wikipedi...
by DesEsseintes
Fri 01 Jun 2018, 11:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What have you been reading lately?
Replies: 63
Views: 7536

Re: What have you been reading lately?

Red Crag... I read Lao She’s Four Generations under One Roof 四世同堂 Sì Shì Tóng Táng and promptly promised myself never to read anything from that era again. Apart from the fact that it was simply badly written, the Communist propaganda really ground my gears. Admittedly, Lao She was forced to incorp...
by DesEsseintes
Fri 01 Jun 2018, 05:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What have you been reading lately?
Replies: 63
Views: 7536

Re: What have you been reading lately?

Amazon delivered my copy of Red Crag ( 红岩 hóngyán [/b] ) this afternoon. It's a Communist classic which Chinese friends of my generation had to read coming up in China. Back in the day, those who cared in the expat community passed around a copy in English translation to possibly gain some insight....
by DesEsseintes
Sun 20 May 2018, 05:27
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 3657

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

...snippets I enjoyed those four passages very much and am a great fan of your writings about your conworlding/langing, and therefore wondered if you’ve written any short stories or such that can be read online? If so, would you be willing to post some links? If not, just out of curiosity, are you ...
by DesEsseintes
Thu 17 May 2018, 02:35
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 3657

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

Salmoneus wrote:
Wed 16 May 2018, 19:08
It's part of the reason why almost everybody is terrible at almost everything (statistically speaking).
I love this sentence, and I couldn’t agree more with this evaluation. It’s just that I would never have been able to articulate it as well. [xD]
by DesEsseintes
Thu 10 May 2018, 14:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: How Do YOU Create Words?
Replies: 20
Views: 1065

Re: How Do YOU Create Words?

I don’t, which is probably why my conlangs never get anywhere. [xD]
by DesEsseintes
Thu 03 May 2018, 01:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Speedlang VIII (May 4, 5, 6)
Replies: 48
Views: 2621

Re: Speedlang VIII (May 4, 5, 6)

shimobaatar wrote:
Wed 02 May 2018, 21:44
What's stopping anyone from setting the parameters and also participating? Have there been rules against that in the past?
Nothing, and no.
by DesEsseintes
Sun 29 Apr 2018, 16:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Speedlang VIII (May 4, 5, 6)
Replies: 48
Views: 2621

Re: Speedlang VIII

I’m here to state my genuine interest, along with my likely failure to participate.
Creyeditor wrote:
Sun 29 Apr 2018, 12:46
I also want to take part, probably with De̤tselo.
Isn’t the whole point to come up with a new language? [O.O]
by DesEsseintes
Sat 28 Apr 2018, 17:41
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: higher pergentage of land?
Replies: 8
Views: 789

Re: higher pergentage of land?

My conworld is a type B lakeworld. I know this now thanks to Sal. [:D]
by DesEsseintes
Fri 27 Apr 2018, 02:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4926
Views: 399415

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

nasals: /m mˠ mʲ nˠ nʲ nʷ ŋ ŋʲ ŋʷ/ plosives: /p ɓ pˠ ɓˠ pʲ ɓʲ tˠ tˠʼ tʲ tʲʼ tʷ tʷʼ k kʼ kʲ kʲʼ kʷ kʷʼ/ resonants: /w rˠ rʲ rʷ lˠ lʲ lʷ j ɰ/ vowels: /a ə ɨ/, with a great variety of allophones syllable: (C)V(C), all words end with a consonant in the underlying form. note: velar consonants are inhere...
by DesEsseintes
Sat 21 Apr 2018, 06:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4926
Views: 399415

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Rearranging the Sōkoan consonant inventory this morning yielded this: nasal m n ŋ plain p t t͡s t͡ʂ k voiced b d d͡z d͡ʐ g aspirate ɸ tʰ t͡sʰ t͡ʂʰ h~x sibilant s ʂ lenited β ɾ ɣ glide j This is fun for several reasons: - the fricatives /ɸ h/ now pattern with the aspirated affricates and not with the...
by DesEsseintes
Tue 10 Apr 2018, 01:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 779300

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

So if I have /a ə/ as my only two vowel phonemes, I'm guessing I'm gonna need a fairly large consonant inventory to make up for the small vowel inventory? I know I can have allophones as /e i o u/, but they only occur as a part of palatalization and labialization. My current consonant inventory is:...
by DesEsseintes
Sat 07 Apr 2018, 12:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: La Ziunga: a taste of a romlang
Replies: 22
Views: 1490

Re: La Ziunga: a taste of a romlang

I’m intrigued by several things: 1) Many nouns seem to have shifted from feminine to masculine gender, that is if il is masculine and la is feminine. I cannot see any phonetic motivation for this, so I wonder if it’s due to influence from a contact language? 2) The sound changes seem complex. Initia...
by DesEsseintes
Thu 29 Mar 2018, 04:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Cool and weird things in your conlang
Replies: 13
Views: 1222

Re: Cool and weird things in your conlang

Khemehekis wrote:
Thu 29 Mar 2018, 03:47
Never heard of Çuvvaccoçim. How old is that conlang?
It’s one of Linguifex’s if I’m not mistaken.
by DesEsseintes
Tue 27 Mar 2018, 03:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4926
Views: 399415

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Consonants for something still in its earliest conception: /m n ŋ/ /m̥ n̥ ŋ̊/ /ᵐb ⁿd ⁿd͡ɮ ᵑɡ/ /p t k/ /ʰp ʰt ʰk/ /ɸ θ ɬ h/ /l j/ To be served with 5 to 7 vowels and their manifold diphthongoid spawn. I love it! Could I use a modified version? (I would be adding more nasals and removing the preaspir...
by DesEsseintes
Mon 26 Mar 2018, 18:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4926
Views: 399415

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Consonants for something still in its earliest conception:

/m n ŋ/
/m̥ n̥ ŋ̊/
/ᵐb ⁿd ⁿd͡ɮ ᵑɡ/
/p t k/
/ʰp ʰt ʰk/
/ɸ θ ɬ h/
/l j/

To be served with 5 to 7 vowels and their manifold diphthongoid spawn.
by DesEsseintes
Fri 23 Mar 2018, 05:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 158
Views: 12012

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

kiwikami wrote:
Thu 22 Mar 2018, 07:26
Why do I find this so amusing?
Because it really is very amusing. [xD]
by DesEsseintes
Thu 22 Mar 2018, 06:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 779300

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

In my conlang Manchi, stops have a five way distinction. Voiceless, voiced, voiceless aspirated, breathy voice stops, and prenasalised stops. How realistic is this, and what should i change? Osage has a five-way distinction in labial stops. There are a handful of other languages that have five or s...
by DesEsseintes
Tue 13 Mar 2018, 09:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4926
Views: 399415

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Something nice and symmetrical, based on a gleb phonology (the retroflexes are my own).

/m n ɲ/
/ᵐb ⁿd ⁿd͡ʑ ⁿd͡ʐ ᵑɡ/
/b d d͡ʑ d͡ʐ g/
/p t t͡ɕ t͡ʂ k/
/ɸ s ɕ ʂ x/
/r l j w/

/a i u ɯ/ + length
or
/a i ɨ u/ + length
by DesEsseintes
Sun 11 Mar 2018, 04:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 158
Views: 12012

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

Google Translate stuff Great idea, Reyzadren! [:D] gestaltist - Nakarian = Yoruba DesEsseintes - Núta = Igbo Two closely related languages in succession. Interesting. Not only for buildings, but for homes, water and colleagues, but we do not know when you are in the city. He had a good light, and h...