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by gestaltist
Fri 23 Mar 2018, 14:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13551
Views: 716639

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

I think I've asked this question a while ago, but it is one which still plagues my ability to create words. How many roots vs derivations? In a conlang which allows quite free compounding, it is tempting to create words out of as few roots as possible, but this leads to a mechanical effect. On the ...
by gestaltist
Fri 23 Mar 2018, 11:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6497
Views: 431833

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

In IPA, what's the difference between ⟨t͡s⟩ and ⟨ts⟩, if there even is a significant difference in pronunciation? It somewhat depends on the language but generally it's the difference between an affricate and a consonant cluster. English doesn't have /t͡s/ and I've seen some English-speaking lingui...
by gestaltist
Thu 22 Mar 2018, 22:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 158
Views: 8302

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

Lol, Nakarian = Yoruba confirmed. I wonder how it will fare after I finish my phonology overhaul.
by gestaltist
Thu 15 Mar 2018, 16:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: New Weekly Indo European Collablang
Replies: 169
Views: 8127

Re: New Weekly Indo European Collablang

Frislander wrote:
Thu 15 Mar 2018, 14:53
gestaltist wrote:
Thu 15 Mar 2018, 10:33
Hey guys. I'm not participating in the voting but I like looking at threads like this. Any chance to see some examples of the results each round of voting gave? It would be interesting to see.
They're hidden under spoilers above each set of questions.
Ah, found them, thanks!
by gestaltist
Thu 15 Mar 2018, 10:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11006
Views: 607264

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Khemehekis wrote:
Thu 15 Mar 2018, 06:40
adultcentrism
Is that even a word?

I think your idea is pretty cool and could easily arise from historical augmentatives - especially for species held as pets. It might be less likely for wild species where humans mainly interact with adult specimens, I think.
by gestaltist
Thu 15 Mar 2018, 10:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: New Weekly Indo European Collablang
Replies: 169
Views: 8127

Re: New Weekly Indo European Collablang

Hey guys. I'm not participating in the voting but I like looking at threads like this. Any chance to see some examples of the results each round of voting gave? It would be interesting to see.
by gestaltist
Fri 09 Mar 2018, 23:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2783
Views: 172407

Re: Yay or Nay?

Been a while since I did any conlanging. Was just having a look over my Qutrussan notes and I'm increasingly unhappy with the phonemic schwa and its orthography. While the /a i u ə/~/aː iː uː eː oː/ asymmetry is nice, I really don't like stressed schwa and <ă ĭ ŭ> don't seem to fit well with the re...
by gestaltist
Thu 08 Mar 2018, 15:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13551
Views: 716639

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

Proto-Plains has the following inventory: /p t s ł k χ ʔ/ /p’ t’ t͡s’ t͡ɬ’ k’ q’/ /m n l j w/ /m̰ n̰ l̰ j̰ w̰/ (/χ/ is the uvular fricative if it isn’t displaying correctly.) Syllable structure is CVC with any non-glottalised (i.e. neither ejective nor creaky) segment allowed in coda. In its develo...
by gestaltist
Tue 06 Mar 2018, 14:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2783
Views: 172407

Re: Yay or Nay?

I’m changing Shonksika verb negation (ditching the negative verb). For background, Shonkasika is typically SOV (although flexible) and tends to be, though not exclusively, head-final. laidos he eats Option 1: negative prefix velaidos he doesn’t eat Option 2: postverbal particle laidos vek he doesn’...
by gestaltist
Thu 01 Mar 2018, 09:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6497
Views: 431833

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

I am trying to get a better handle on oaths/swears, and how they're derived. It's the sort of thing I use all the time, but don't have any real sense of how they work grammatically. I'll start with a question that's been bothering me: the word "by" in English. So for instance, in the phrase "By Jov...
by gestaltist
Tue 27 Feb 2018, 09:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4876
Views: 362453

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

A vowel harmony idea I just came up with. Plausible? Not sure. It seems intuitive. harmony class I: /i ə/ harmony class II: /ɨ o/ neutral: /a/ Start off with /a e i o u/ and harmony between /e i/ and /o u/, then e u → ə ɨ. And yes, it feels good. Isn't it just a vertical 3-vowel system with front-b...
by gestaltist
Mon 26 Feb 2018, 10:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kupaŋan
Replies: 13
Views: 484

Re: Kupaŋan

That’s derivational morphology, though, and another morpheme which is set in stone... That goes against your stated goals. Awa isn't set in stone, and it's meaning varies from speaker to speaker. And definite articles can be formed in other ways. Some speakers don't use Awa at all, but it is widely...
by gestaltist
Mon 26 Feb 2018, 07:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kupaŋan
Replies: 13
Views: 484

Re: Kupaŋan

If the language doesn't have any fixed morphology, how can the king even verify if people are speaking the language? Because the speakers can all understand each other almost completely. The vocabulary barely varies, and it's words ARE it's morphology, in a weird way. Grammatical morphemes can be f...
by gestaltist
Sun 25 Feb 2018, 23:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kupaŋan
Replies: 13
Views: 484

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: 13
Views: 484

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: 6497
Views: 431833

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: 6497
Views: 431833

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: 24
Views: 1054

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: 5058
Views: 195324

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: 21
Views: 1733

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...