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by gestaltist
Sun 25 Feb 2018, 23:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kupaŋan
Replies: 7
Views: 84

Re: Kupaŋan

Parlox wrote:
Sun 25 Feb 2018, 22:16
The language is spoken by humans, it's just not a natlang. It's a language that was developed as an experiment by a king, the king had forced his people to speak the language.
If the language doesn't have any fixed morphology, how can the king even verify if people are speaking the language?
by gestaltist
Sun 25 Feb 2018, 22:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kupaŋan
Replies: 7
Views: 84

Re: Kupaŋan

Grammatical Processes Kupaŋan's morphology is not at all set in stone, and varies based off the speaker. Instead of having a morphology in the traditional sense, words are turned into grammatical morphemes with three processes. This language must be spoken by beings that work nothing like humans, t...
by gestaltist
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 12:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6391
Views: 405593

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

Is there any chance that the Slavic patronymics in -ov, etc are a direct loan of Greek masculine genitive -ou, which is also a patronymic? I couldnt find info on the etymology of the Russian sufx paradigm. I know rhat the gk is from pie. A cognate, more like. I am not entirely sure and couldn't fin...
by gestaltist
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 09:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6391
Views: 405593

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

So, my question is this: How did the phonemic distinction between two rhotic consonants found in many Iberian Romance languages arise? Well it kind of exists in Italian as well as [r] is more often than not pronounced as /ɾ/ while [rː] remains pronounced as /rː/. Iberian languages originally contra...
by gestaltist
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 09:36
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How would you redesign IPA?
Replies: 17
Views: 283

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 gestaltist
Mon 19 Feb 2018, 22:58
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sound Changes Game
Replies: 4948
Views: 178732

Re: Sound Changes Game

<ngoṛò>

[ŋɔ̄ɽɔ̀] > [uŋɔ̄ɽɔ̀]
by gestaltist
Mon 19 Feb 2018, 10:39
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Inner Bruise -- a science-fiction collabfic
Replies: 18
Views: 819

Re: Inner Bruise -- a science-fiction collabfic

I think the takeaway from this is: if people don't respond, they probably don't have anything nice to say... I remember reading this thread when it first came up. I don't like collaborative projects in general, and a collaborative book is really out there for me. I never got as far as going to the a...
by gestaltist
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 15:36
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Last word you learned in a foreign language
Replies: 47
Views: 1808

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

The joke would go better with colloquial Polish where "no" means yes.
by gestaltist
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 15:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13443
Views: 677870

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

Great question about final consonant cluster limits. Whereas Kartvelian, Slavic and Armenian can have some initial octopedalian consonantal whoppers in initial position, I am not sure if they can allow as huge a consonant cluster in coda position. :wat: :?: :?: I can only speak to Slavic. Early Sla...
by gestaltist
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 21:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13443
Views: 677870

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

Parlox wrote:
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 20:44
What are some interesting ways to form Comparatives and Superlatives?
Reduplication is one. Semitic "X of X" for superlative is kinda cool, as well.
by gestaltist
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 15:52
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 7
Views: 278

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

For me, it boils down to one word: coherence. I'm a perfectionist, and if I include a creature that doesn't exist on Earth, I want it to make sense. While working on con-biology and con-evolution is fun, it's damn time-consuming. I started one such a project - Scosya. I worked for months on the plan...
by gestaltist
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 08:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2738
Views: 159324

Re: Yay or Nay?

I'm thinking of adding lexical tone to my conlang, Abʘa. It would likely be complicated and resemble Chinese's system. Some information, Abʘa uses a (C)(C)(V)(C) syllable structure, it has 78 consonants and 16 vowels(8 base, 8 long), and usually doesn't allow vowel clusters. So should i add tone? N...
by gestaltist
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 17:40
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sound Changes Game
Replies: 4948
Views: 178732

Re: Sound Changes Game

<ahnóej>

[ə̃ˈθwẽ] > [ˈnθune]

Sseparation of the nasal element, schwa deletion, and subsequent vocalization of the glide to break up CCC cluster.)
by gestaltist
Sun 11 Feb 2018, 20:27
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sound Changes Game
Replies: 4948
Views: 178732

Re: Sound Changes Game

<まぬ>
[eɾˈnihe] > [ɚˈniːhə]

(Reduction of unstressed vowels. Stress timing.)
by gestaltist
Sun 11 Feb 2018, 20:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Interesting spectra and categories
Replies: 15
Views: 512

Re: Interesting spectra and categories

It feels like you perhaps want to talk about conceptual metaphors? Partly. If we are using metaphors they aren't to be contrasted with the things they are a metaphor of. You're supposed to find a new category that includes both the metaphor and the thing. Thanks for the answer. Not that I'm any les...
by gestaltist
Sun 11 Feb 2018, 09:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 144
Views: 4930

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

Sent the torch to DesEsseintes.
by gestaltist
Sat 10 Feb 2018, 23:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Interesting spectra and categories
Replies: 15
Views: 512

Re: Interesting spectra and categories

It feels like you perhaps want to talk about conceptual metaphors? Partly. If we are using metaphors they aren't to be contrasted with the things they are a metaphor of. You're supposed to find a new category that includes both the metaphor and the thing. Thanks for the answer. Not that I'm any les...
by gestaltist
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 10:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13443
Views: 677870

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

1. How could I create verb infinitives? I am thinking about having a particle for the infinitive (as in "to run"), but it follows the verb, and later becomes a suffix. Are there other ways? The locative case attached to the verb is a frequent source of infinitives cross-linguistically, if I am not ...
by gestaltist
Thu 08 Feb 2018, 11:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Interesting spectra and categories
Replies: 15
Views: 512

Re: Interesting spectra and categories

I'm not on any mailing list and I also still don't understand what this thread is about.

It feels like you perhaps want to talk about conceptual metaphors?
by gestaltist
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 11:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 144
Views: 4930

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

A heads-up: I am pretty busy right now so it may take me until after the weekend to complete the translation and send it to DesEsseintes.