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by WeepingElf
Fri 07 Sep 2018, 19:44
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?
Replies: 72
Views: 13553

Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Non-human conpeople will come into play when I'll get to develop the Trellis, a space opera universe that will be set several centuries after the Global Spring, which I am already collecting ideas for. The Trellis will feature various non-humanoid alien intelligent life forms.
by WeepingElf
Fri 07 Sep 2018, 19:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11163
Views: 734490

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Why is "continents" in quotes? Are these really just large islands, subcontinents or continent-sized political units?
by WeepingElf
Thu 06 Sep 2018, 21:58
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?
Replies: 72
Views: 13553

Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Perhaps dwarves and fairies are the same species, with an extreme sexual dimorphism - the dwarves are the males and the fairies the females. (I think this idea is not new. I can't give a reference, but I am pretty sure that I have seen it in some book about European folklore.)
by WeepingElf
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 18:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 690
Views: 75667

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

shimobaatar wrote:
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 12:19
Zé do Rock wrote:
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 08:42
'Nichts' doesnt have /x/, it has /ç/.
Isn't [ç] an allophone of /x/?
It is. The rule is not "no /x/ within a word" but "no /x/ in syllable onsets".
by WeepingElf
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 18:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 690
Views: 75667

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Salmoneus wrote:
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 00:20
Someone's probably mentioned this already, but Old English (Geman Kuh, etc), vs Old Irish (and modern Irish for that matter) .
Not everybody here knows that the former means 'cow' and the latter 'dog'.
by WeepingElf
Mon 03 Sep 2018, 19:41
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?
Replies: 46
Views: 3537

Re: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?

Let me add that my conworlds serve to tell stories. I am currently working on two of them. One is the near future history "Global Spring" (named after the planned novel), which is turning around the transformation of our society into a free, peaceful, prosperous and ecologically sustainable world so...
by WeepingElf
Mon 03 Sep 2018, 19:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 690
Views: 75667

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Aren't all :deu: words with a /x/ that is not syllable-final, loan words, unless their is a vowel-initial suffix? Sound's about right. Yes. German /x/ is either from Proto-Germanic */x/, which has become /h/ in syllable onsets, or (via the High German consonant shift) from Proto-Germanic */k/, whic...
by WeepingElf
Sat 01 Sep 2018, 19:12
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?
Replies: 46
Views: 3537

Re: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?

I have been a conworlder for longer than I have been a conlanger, and I'd still say that I am a conworlder first, even if most of my conlangs are set in a version of the real world that differs in little else than having a few extra languages and the "Elven" conculture. Yet, I am also working on a f...
by WeepingElf
Sat 25 Aug 2018, 15:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)
Replies: 59
Views: 4638

Re: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)

As a conlanger I prefer to use a taxonomy from construction kinds... - a priori languages (built from non linguistic first principles) - a posteriori languages ( built from natlangs) - ex nihilo languages (built from scratch) This is a good idea, thanks! Finally, a name for the nameless category be...
by WeepingElf
Fri 24 Aug 2018, 19:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 690
Views: 75667

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Has anyone mentioned this one yet?
:gbr: pantomime vs. :deu: Pantomime 'mime'
by WeepingElf
Mon 13 Aug 2018, 21:24
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What kind of conlanger are you?
Replies: 150
Views: 17087

Re: What kind of conlanger are you?

I am a loyalist with filler leanings: I have one conlang, Old Albic , which is my main project on which I have been working for about 17 years now; yet, I fancy it to have a number of dialects, relatives and descendants, making up a family called Hesperic . And on top of that, I have some ideas for ...
by WeepingElf
Sun 12 Aug 2018, 14:36
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)
Replies: 59
Views: 4638

Re: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)

There is some confusion about the meanings of the terms a priori , a posteriori and naturalistic because most of us use them differently than the interlinguists (scholars studying auxlangs). The terms a priori and a posteriori were defined in a 1903 book on IALs by two French scholars, Couturat and ...
by WeepingElf
Tue 07 Aug 2018, 14:29
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: If natlangs were conlangs
Replies: 78
Views: 8246

Re: If natlangs were conlangs

The Kartvelian family is a masterpiece. The consonant inventory incorporates all the major distinctions characteristic of the area where it is set, but without falling into the kitchen sink like the other two Caucasian families. But the consonant clusters sometimes go quite far - a bit less would ha...
by WeepingElf
Tue 07 Aug 2018, 14:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11163
Views: 734490

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Last night, I got an idea of how tones work in Lo Dang, a monosyllabic, isolating and tonal IE language spoken in northwestern China. Sounds like a cool project! Given the language's location, is there any close relation to Tocharian (apart from both being Indo-European)? What's the etymology of th...
by WeepingElf
Mon 06 Aug 2018, 20:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: If natlangs were conlangs
Replies: 78
Views: 8246

Re: If natlangs were conlangs

Whoever made the Dravidian and Australian languages must have believed in Lemuria, with both groups using essentially the same consonant inventory - and a pretty weird one at that, with way too many coronal POAs and no fricatives. At least, he went different ways when creating the vowels.
by WeepingElf
Mon 06 Aug 2018, 19:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11163
Views: 734490

Re: What did you accomplish today?

An idea for the zero grade: how about making it toneless. Tone languages often have toneless syllables that get their tone from somewhere else. You could argue that the zero grade gives you just the tonal combination of onset+coda then, or only one of them if the other one is missing. If there woul...
by WeepingElf
Mon 06 Aug 2018, 18:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11163
Views: 734490

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I often find the answer to a conlang design question late at night while waiting to fall asleep. Last night, I got an idea of how tones work in Lo Dang, a monosyllabic, isolating and tonal IE language spoken in northwestern China. Lo Dang has six tones - low, high, falling, rising, falling-rising an...
by WeepingElf
Sun 05 Aug 2018, 21:14
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 690
Views: 75667

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Avestan Ahura Mazda "The good and main deity of the Zoroastrianism" and Sanskrit Asura "supernatural beings that are antagonistic to the deities" Also Avestan daeva 'evil spirit' vs. Sanskrit deva 'god' English black and English blank Also Cologne German bläck 'blank, bare'. There is a Schlager ban...
by WeepingElf
Mon 23 Jul 2018, 20:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11163
Views: 734490

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I have laid down the sound changes for Proto-Albic, and made some adjustments to those for Proto-Hercynian and Proto-Alpianic. I am quite happy with the results, though I won't rule out further tweaks in the future.
by WeepingElf
Wed 11 Jul 2018, 20:01
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Music in my con world, how about yours?
Replies: 26
Views: 1279

Re: Music in my con world, how about yours?

What I know yet about Old Albic music can be found here. Impressionally, I am thinking of a mix of Celtic, Sardinian and Georgian folk music.