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by gestaltist
Mon 15 Jan 2018, 13:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13344
Views: 642977

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

Sounds like you may have gone a bit overboard with the closed class. I feel like something like "to speak" would qualify in even a small inventory of verbs. Maybe. To be fair, there is apparently one natlang that has no more than three verbs, at least according to the Wikipedia article about parts ...
by gestaltist
Mon 15 Jan 2018, 11:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13344
Views: 642977

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

Hey all. I come to you with a conundrum regarding a new project I want to start working on. I want to begin working on a personal conlang, for my own personal use and not as a part of my conworld. This relieves me of the constraints of naturalism to an extent, but I still want to do things right. I...
by gestaltist
Mon 15 Jan 2018, 11:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lextreme2018
Replies: 22
Views: 489

Re: Lextreme2018

Nakarian - Jan 15

- 1. used as a light verb with verbs of feeling; 2. used as a content word: "to experience, to believe"; 3. used as a standalone verb taking a noun describing a feeling as its direct object: "to feel"
by gestaltist
Mon 15 Jan 2018, 10:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Grammuary 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 1078

Re: Grammuary 2018

Grammuary 15 - Nakarian I decided a few things about expressing feelings: this will be one exception where the light verb "to feel" can act as a content verb taking the noun describing the feeling as its direct argument otherwise verbs expressing feelings will be prototypically intransitive and won...
by gestaltist
Mon 15 Jan 2018, 09:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13344
Views: 642977

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

Curious, what do you guys do to come up with interesting semantics? I often struggle to come up with unique, multifaceted and nuanced definitions for my words. I'm also considering them from a historical perspective. I use the conlanger's thesaurus and Wiktionary to help but it's still tricky. I al...
by gestaltist
Sun 14 Jan 2018, 22:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lextreme2018
Replies: 22
Views: 489

Re: Lextreme2018

Nakarian - Jan 14

kethàa - tooth

As I have just figured out the noun inflection, let's show it off for this word:

NOM kethàa
ACC kerahe
DAT kethaáha
LOC kethaávo
by gestaltist
Sun 14 Jan 2018, 22:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Grammuary 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 1078

Re: Grammuary 2018

Grammuary 14 - Nakarian Nakarian shall have four core cases marked with suffixes: Nominative (unmarked), Accusative (-e/-ạ depending on vowel harmony), Dative (-h/-ha (the latter after closed syllables), Locative (-vo). After applying morphophonetic rules, this gives a range of surface forms, espec...
by gestaltist
Sun 14 Jan 2018, 21:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: I need more phonemes!!! Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: I need more phonemes!!! Help!

You have no less than 12 consonants, which is plenty. I wouldn’t add too much as I think it looks quite nice as it is, but if you feel the need, all of Kiwikami’s suggestions are spot on. The glottal stop especially would make this very attractive to me. Note that complex phonotactics could make th...
by gestaltist
Sun 14 Jan 2018, 21:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Utha: My Latest Conlang
Replies: 11
Views: 198

Re: Utha: My Latest Conlang

It strikes me as a bit odd to have pre-aspirated and aspirated voiceless plosives without plain voiceless plosives. Also, as was pointed out to me in my Shàt scratchpad, having retroflexes without a palatal(ized) series is barely attested. Depends how much "attested" means to you. My current projec...
by gestaltist
Sat 13 Jan 2018, 21:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lextreme2018
Replies: 22
Views: 489

Re: Lextreme2018

Nakarian 13

χaɾa 1. "to die"; 2. used as an obligatory light verb with transitive verbs of motion (hailing to its original meaning of "to go")
by gestaltist
Sat 13 Jan 2018, 20:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Grammuary 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 1078

Re: Grammuary 2018

Grammuary 13 - Nakarian

Transitive verbs usually have one light verb they go with (e.g., "to go" with verbs of movement). They can be detransitivized, in which case they take one of the intransitive light verbs.
by gestaltist
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 20:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Utha: My Latest Conlang
Replies: 11
Views: 198

Re: Utha: My Latest Conlang

The non breathy voiced consonants are lenited intervocally, and this extends across word boundaries. /b/ becomes /β̞/ /d̪/ becomes /ð̞/ /ɖ/ becomes /ɻ/ and /g/ becomes /ɣ/. Do you mean all aspirated consonants here? Sorry, I typed that wrong. The voiced stops that are not breathy voiced are lenited...
by gestaltist
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 15:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Hala
Replies: 16
Views: 361

Re: Hala

I love the aesthetics of your language: both how it sounds, and the script. Really nice.

The one thing that bothered me reading your thread is that you have more future tenses than past tenses, which is just not a thing if you're aiming for naturalism, as Frislander already mentioned.
by gestaltist
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 14:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Utha: My Latest Conlang
Replies: 11
Views: 198

Re: Utha: My Latest Conlang

CarsonDaConlanger wrote:
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 19:26
The non breathy voiced consonants are lenited intervocally, and this extends across word boundaries. /b/ becomes /β̞/ /d̪/ becomes /ð̞/ /ɖ/ becomes /ɻ/ and /g/ becomes /ɣ/.
Do you mean all aspirated consonants here?
by gestaltist
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 13:05
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to start worldbuilding?
Replies: 13
Views: 330

Re: How to start worldbuilding?

Guys, I am not sure OP is even reading this. They asked the question here and on Discord and never responded either here or there.
by gestaltist
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 12:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Grammuary 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 1078

Re: Grammuary 2018

Grammuary 12 - Nakarian Remember that Nakarian uses light verb + content verb in the participle almost exclusively for its verbal constructions. Intransitives in Nakarian will generally use the following light verbs: be, feel, look, do . Each content verb has a preferred light verb to use, but at l...
by gestaltist
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 11:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lextreme2018
Replies: 22
Views: 489

Re: Lextreme2018

Nakarian 12

sorạ - folk, nation (core word of Class 4, frequently used as suffix for nationalities)
by gestaltist
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 10:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Grammuary 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 1078

Re: Grammuary 2018

Nakarian 11 Nakarian 10 Compound nouns based on a core class noun don’t need a class prefix. E.g., compounds with -ran (“man”) don’t need the class 1 prefix mo-. This makes the system mixed since compounds will ultimately have a class suffix instead of the usual class prefix. However, the agreement...
by gestaltist
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 10:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lextreme2018
Replies: 22
Views: 489

Re: Lextreme2018

Nakarian - Jan 11 bahar - (male) god -bar - a Class 8 suffix used for male deities I was just reading on the religion of Carthage and decided to add a little easter egg to Nakarian so I made it so that the proto-Nakarian word for god was "baal" and derived the forms above from that. BTW, since the ...
by gestaltist
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 09:49
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6313
Views: 384595

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

All4Ɇn wrote:
Wed 10 Jan 2018, 21:03
According to Wiktionary the character 殿, which now means hall, originally meant buttocks. How did a change like that take place?
If it went the other way around, I would guess a euphemism by anal sex lovers. But from buttocks to hall? That is odd.