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by Davush
Fri 17 Nov 2017, 11:47
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Lesson/Guide Requests
Replies: 291
Views: 41279

Re: Lesson/Guide Requests

Is there anybody who knows enough about :ara: dialects to make a thread about them- their different sound systems, their correspondences in their sound systems, their different morphosyntax? I'm learning MSA, and given that I'm Jewish a trip to Israel is likely in my future (though I don't have any...
by Davush
Fri 17 Nov 2017, 11:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introducing Qutrussan
Replies: 71
Views: 2894

Re: Introducing Qutrussan

Looks aesthetically pleasant. Have any grammatically quirky sentences? Qutrussan is quite boringly IE in its overall structure, although it is a lot more strictly head-final than most classical IE languages, which make some things seem a bit closer to Japanese/Korean in some ways, but there are no ...
by Davush
Thu 16 Nov 2017, 10:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13078
Views: 572522

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

@Gestaltist: Yeah I like to be surprised too, especially when the words end up quite different from how you imaged. But I find this way to be very slow and I get bored fast and then abandon it. Perhaps I would be better off coming up with generic changes first, then adding a few conditioned ones. @E...
by Davush
Wed 15 Nov 2017, 20:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13078
Views: 572522

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

I am having difficulty coming up with sound changes that seem organic and make the language feel different from the original language. Lots of sound changes seem to be merely replace X with Y which doesn't seem to be how sound change actually operates. Do you usually just look at the phonology of yo...
by Davush
Wed 15 Nov 2017, 16:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4695
Views: 289926

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Trying to decide on a phonology for the proto-language spoken in Qutrus (before Qutrussan). Phonologically and aesthetically, I want the proto-language to be quite different, although the present-day languages have been greatly influenced by Qutrussan. There will be two surviving languages from this...
by Davush
Wed 15 Nov 2017, 10:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 10676
Views: 487464

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Today I realised that Proto-Plains *q *qw probably weren’t uvular. They may have been pharyngeal approximants /ʕ ʕʷ/, pharyngeal stops /ʡ ʡʷ/, or pharyngealised velar stops /kˤ kʷˤ/, or even all three depending on speaker/dialect/etc. In the Híí Proper branch of languages, the pharyngeal nature of ...
by Davush
Tue 14 Nov 2017, 23:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 10676
Views: 487464

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Creyeditor wrote:
Tue 14 Nov 2017, 23:26
I did a preliminary family tree for the Northern Languages family in my Conworld. Sorry for not using a spoiler but they don't work for me (yet).
I love language family trees. How many branches have you worked on?
by Davush
Mon 13 Nov 2017, 22:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introducing Qutrussan
Replies: 71
Views: 2894

Re: Introducing Qutrussan

Sure, although it isn't completely fleshed out at the minute. I find derivational morphology one of the more fun parts of conlanging, so I leave it till last. This also means that I have more words to play with by the time I start working on it properly. Verb > Noun This derivation creates a generic...
by Davush
Sun 12 Nov 2017, 18:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Aspects and stuff. Help
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Aspects and stuff. Help

I think a term which probably comes close to what you're looking for is iterative aspect. I also think there seems to be a bit of confusion about understanding of tense/aspect, possibly because of the way conventional grammars use the terms when describing English. I've always struggled categorising...
by Davush
Sun 12 Nov 2017, 15:49
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: 3Cons Natlangs in RL; small patterned groups of roots
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: 3Cons Natlangs in RL; small patterned groups of roots

I think Arabic has examples for most of those in the latest post: 1) Q-R-B قرب (to approach) and Q-B-R قبر (to bury) 2) B-Q-R بقر (cattle) and R-Q-B رقب (to oversee, keep watch) or R-Q-Ṣ رقص (to dance) and Ṣ-Q-R صقر (hawk, eagle) 3) Q-R-B قرب (to approach) and R-Q-B رقب (to oversee, keep watch) R-Q-...
by Davush
Sun 12 Nov 2017, 15:35
Forum: Translations
Topic: I was walking in the forest...
Replies: 42
Views: 2540

Re: I was walking in the forest...

Zigga shuallam mishmishairănda, cuttsu năn sharli áqyashaḥ.
when forest-LOC walk-IMP-1SG-SUBJ., stick 1SG.POSS head-DAT PAST-fall-3SG
I was walking in the forest when a branch fell on my head.
by Davush
Sun 12 Nov 2017, 12:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introducing Qutrussan
Replies: 71
Views: 2894

Re: Introducing Qutrussan

Minor update with some verb stuff. Although a good number of roots are monosyllabic CVC type, this obviously can't account for all verbs. A second common type is CVC.CVC, where the syllable is often reduplicated, many of which probably stem from some sort of onomatopoeia. These behave in their own w...
by Davush
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 01:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: RIP cursive handwriting..
Replies: 72
Views: 1335

Re: RIP cursive handwriting..

Interesting! Wow. I, um, have never seen anything like that before! I remember kind of doing something like that when I was little, I guess as a proto-running-hand. We were taught a running hand straight on. Is this Bradshaw Hall style a transitional form, used only until the teachers deem their st...
by Davush
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 00:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: RIP cursive handwriting..
Replies: 72
Views: 1335

Re: RIP cursive handwriting..

To clarify, I searched 'UK Primary handwriting' in google images, and when I was talking about joined-up or cursive writing, this is what I was referring to: http://www.bradshawhall.stockport.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Handwriting.jpg https://swansea-edunet.gov.uk/en/schools/Penllergaer/PageI...
by Davush
Fri 10 Nov 2017, 15:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: RIP cursive handwriting..
Replies: 72
Views: 1335

Re: RIP cursive handwriting..

I’m curious what other UK people’s experience is - by cursive/joined up do you mean joining every letter as taught in primary, or a kind of mix between that and one’s own style? Because the everyday handwriting I see isn’t always all completely joined or consistent in style (including in schools).
by Davush
Fri 10 Nov 2017, 14:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: RIP cursive handwriting..
Replies: 72
Views: 1335

Re: RIP cursive handwriting..

If by cursive you mean joining every letter in a word according to some pre-defined style (which is usually taught in primary school), then I don't see many people in the UK writing in 'cursive' other than primary school children and older people. The handwriting I see usually has some letters joine...
by Davush
Thu 09 Nov 2017, 18:48
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Phonemes
Replies: 7
Views: 389

Re: Phonemes

Some Yemeni dialects have /ɟ/ instead of /g/ - I can’t remember if this was supposed to be the earlier form but Yemeni has had /g/ for /q/ for a long time, so much so that some reciters of the Quran always use /g/. Interestingly Gulf dialects have /q/ > /g/ > /dʒ/ near front vowels e.g. qariib becom...
by Davush
Thu 09 Nov 2017, 12:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introducing Qutrussan
Replies: 71
Views: 2894

Re: Introducing Qutrussan

The Updated Passive I have decided to change the passive because I wasn’t really happy with the first attempt. It left too many –aya-sequences, producing ugly things like ‘ayadayáqsaḥ’. Instead, the passive marker is now ṛ- which forms the passive stem: daqs- to hit ṛdaqs- to be hit zal- to eat ṛza...
by Davush
Wed 08 Nov 2017, 12:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13078
Views: 572522

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

I'm trying to put together a bit of a more organised grammar of Qutrussan but I'm not sure how to structure some parts, especially morpho-phonology type stuff. For example, the sequence (C)VCVCV is generally disallowed, usually becoming CVCCV. E.g. /kafar/ + /u/ > /kafru/ etc. This happens more or l...
by Davush
Wed 08 Nov 2017, 11:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13078
Views: 572522

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

Is this exclusive to Arabic, or does it also occur in other Semitic or Afro-Asiatic languages? As far as I am aware Arabic is the odd one out having inanimate broken-plurals agree as feminine singulars. It seems to be quite a 'recent' development in Arabic as some old texts allow the older more 'no...