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by LinguoFranco
Sun 17 Jun 2018, 03:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4925
Views: 398490

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Here's a vowel inventory I came up with for palatal harmony. It is based on a four vowel system like Nahuatl, but with a front-back distinction.

/æ ɑ e ɤ i ɯ ø o/
by LinguoFranco
Sun 17 Jun 2018, 01:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Proto-Kedric Language Family
Replies: 0
Views: 150

Proto-Kedric Language Family

Proto-Kedric is a family of languages spoken on a volcanic archipelago known as Kedri. The indigenous people, known as the Pontu, are the native speakers of the Kedric languages. I present to you an overview of their proto-language. Phonology: Proto-Kedric is a mora-timed language with a CV(V)(C) s...
by LinguoFranco
Tue 12 Jun 2018, 16:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 777706

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

I'm trying to understand how morae work. If I'm understanding it correctly, then a basic syllable such as V or CV are 1 mora, or a light syllable, while something like VV or CVV or even CVC in some languages are 2 morae, or a heavy syllable. I'm guessing this is the basis for stress in a word? What...
by LinguoFranco
Mon 11 Jun 2018, 17:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 777706

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

I'm trying to understand how morae work. If I'm understanding it correctly, then a basic syllable such as V or CV are 1 mora, or a light syllable, while something like VV or CVV or even CVC in some languages are 2 morae, or a heavy syllable. I'm guessing this is the basis for stress in a word? What ...
by LinguoFranco
Tue 05 Jun 2018, 17:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6566
Views: 471654

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

If Nahuatl is a VSO head-marking language, why does it have postpositions instead of prepositions? I get that it might not be that unusual in Mesoamerica, but I think the tendency is for Verb initial languages to have prepositions.
by LinguoFranco
Mon 04 Jun 2018, 01:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4925
Views: 398490

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Here's a new phoneme inventory I've compiled. The vowel system is based on Abkhaz, but I tried to do my own thing with the consonants. I like it for the most part, but it feels incomplete, like I'm missing something, or it may just need some more work. I don't know if I should treat palatals as offi...
by LinguoFranco
Sun 03 Jun 2018, 19:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 777706

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

I have a couple of questions this time. 1. What are the universals and tendencies of dependent-marking languages? I've read that they are always nominative-accusative and usually place the adjective before the noun, but I think Chechen is a dependent-marking ergative language, according to Wikipedia...
by LinguoFranco
Tue 29 May 2018, 19:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4925
Views: 398490

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Here's a vowel system I quickly came up with, and I want to see how naturalistic it is.

/a e̞ ə i o̞/

I know /u/ is pretty widely attested, especially in a five vowel system, but I'm trying out the Nahuatl vowel system, just with /ə/ added.
by LinguoFranco
Mon 09 Apr 2018, 15:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 777706

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

So if I have /a ə/ as my only two vowel phonemes, I'm guessing I'm gonna need a fairly large consonant inventory to make up for the small vowel inventory? I know I can have allophones as /e i o u/, but they only occur as a part of palatalization and labialization. My current consonant inventory is: ...
by LinguoFranco
Mon 09 Apr 2018, 00:56
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: When beginning to make a conlang, where do you start?
Replies: 22
Views: 2957

Re: When beginning to make a conlang, where do you start?

Depends for me. Usually, I start with the basic phonology and syllable structure, though sometimes I may tackle grammar or syntax first if I have a cool idea for either of those.
by LinguoFranco
Thu 05 Apr 2018, 16:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 234
Views: 18504

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

Vlürch wrote:
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 22:22
LinguoFranco wrote:
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 01:34
Srpska. Like, how the heck am I supposed to pronounce that?
With a syllabic /r̩/. If you struggle with it, start by saying [serpska] and then reducing the /e/ until it's [sərpska]. Dropping the schwa should be pretty easy.
I'm guessing something similar applies to the Czech /krk/?
by LinguoFranco
Thu 05 Apr 2018, 16:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4925
Views: 398490

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

/m n ɲ/ /t d k g/ /s z h/ /l r/ /j w/ /tʃ dʒ/ /e~a~o/ /i~ə~u/ This is an inventory I have been kicking around for a little while, now. There is allophony for /a/ and /ə/ based on palatalization and labialization, though I might plan for this to disappear as the language evolves and end up with the s...
by LinguoFranco
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 21:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kovro, a test with fusional morphology
Replies: 0
Views: 700

Kovro, a test with fusional morphology

Kovro is a language with fusional synthesis on the verbs, much like many Indo-European languages, though I still need to work out the other areas, such as grammatical gender, and whether nouns should also be inflected (albeit agglutinatively) or treated analytically. Kovro has a (C)(C)V(C) syllable ...
by LinguoFranco
Thu 08 Feb 2018, 23:46
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1576
Views: 156432

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

I'm trying to flesh out a religion I am designing for a conworld. It is monotheistic, or henotheistic, depending on how you look at it. The setting is a world without a sun, at least, not in the way we have one. Instead, the source of light and energy for all life in the world is a Phoenix, which is...
by LinguoFranco
Thu 08 Feb 2018, 23:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 777706

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

So, I think I'm going to attempt to make a fusional language. I know you can invent the different "forms" for fusional language, but I want mine to evolve naturally from an agglutinative proto-language. I like fusional morphology the best, though most of my languages tend to be agglutinative since t...
by LinguoFranco
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 23:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random ideas: Morphosyntax
Replies: 679
Views: 69454

Re: Random ideas: Morphosyntax

Sounds okay. I would like to know how the relation to other verbal inflection is. Person is often an affix category that is more outward than other affixes. And infixes are more inward than other affixes, I would expect that there is only a small set of affixial inflection in this language. Well, i...
by LinguoFranco
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 22:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random ideas: Morphosyntax
Replies: 679
Views: 69454

Re: Random ideas: Morphosyntax

There might be a natlang that does this, but if there is, then I don't know of it. I have an idea for verb conjugation where the person affixes occur as infixes instead of prefixes or suffixes. In Spanish, "I speak" is "hablo", but in the conlang I'm experimenting with, let's say that "to speak" is ...
by LinguoFranco
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 01:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 234
Views: 18504

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

Spanish. :-P I can't agree with you more. Honestly, I cannot decide whether I like or dislike the way Spanish sounds. Guess I'm neutral towards it. I can't say I have heard a truly ugly language, I don't find Dutch very appealing, nor did I ever really like Slavic languages, mainly because they go ...
by LinguoFranco
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 01:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6566
Views: 471654

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

Could anyone explain to me how Navajo's noun class system works, or at least direct me to some resources that cover it?
by LinguoFranco
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 00:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Welskian
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Re: Welskian

Thrice Xandvii wrote:
Sun 04 Feb 2018, 08:26
...gonna go out on a limb and suggest it is merely an easier way to type /ɑ/, but I've been wrong before.
You're right, I just didn't want to have to copy and paste it all the time.