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by LinguoFranco
Mon 09 Apr 2018, 15:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13607
Views: 744239

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: 2524

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: 16575

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: 4892
Views: 378392

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: 572

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: 1575
Views: 147327

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: 13607
Views: 744239

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: 66806

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: 66806

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: 16575

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: 6537
Views: 449653

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: 400

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.
by LinguoFranco
Sun 04 Feb 2018, 02:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Welskian
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Welskian

Welskian is a conlang I am working on for a conculture. It is spoken by the Welskians, the indigenous inhabitants of a country called Welskerland, a landlocked constitutional monarchy. Welskian is a part of a language family, though all of its relatives are extinct and no longer spoken, making it so...
by LinguoFranco
Tue 30 Jan 2018, 23:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4892
Views: 378392

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Well, here is a new phoneme set I'm working on with romanization. I'm satisfied for the most part, but there are some things I'm not sure about and need to work out. My coda consonants used to be /n t k l ʔ/, but I want to try something different to find the sound that I like. I know the vowel syste...
by LinguoFranco
Fri 05 Jan 2018, 22:24
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 206
Views: 25903

Re: Weird Dream Thread

I was hanging out at a fastfood restaurant (either a Hardee's or a Wendy's. I don't remember which.) Everything was normal until Batman entered and approached the counter. He was ordering something off the menu, and I wanted his autograph, but I end up deciding not to ask him. I look out the window ...
by LinguoFranco
Fri 29 Dec 2017, 05:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13607
Views: 744239

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

How would you handle fixed stress in a polysynthetic language? Let's say that the penultimate syllable is always stressed. Would this only affect the root of the word, or would each affix have a stress pattern? Does the root become unstressed, with the stress occurring instead on the next-to-last sy...
by LinguoFranco
Wed 27 Dec 2017, 18:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13607
Views: 744239

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

Would it make much sense for /i/ and /u/ to lower to /e/ and /o/ whenever they are next to /x/?
by LinguoFranco
Tue 26 Dec 2017, 22:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4892
Views: 378392

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Here is a set I am working on. I think it needs more phonemes. I know it needs more fricatives, although I don't know if I want a voiced/voiceless distinction and how many I want. What do you think of the inventory I have so far? /æ ɑ e i o u/ /k kʰ t tʰ ʔ/ /m n/ /h/ /j w/ Coda Consonants: /n k t/ I...
by LinguoFranco
Mon 23 Oct 2017, 15:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Learning a New Language
Replies: 8
Views: 1114

Re: Learning a New Language

Conlanging has helped me become more familiar with various languages around the world, even if I do not actively study most of them. Chances are I at least know something about the language whether it is its vocabulary or morphology. This wouldn't apply to the more obscure tongues, though. Like you,...
by LinguoFranco
Wed 11 Oct 2017, 14:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1575
Views: 147327

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

Is anyone else concerned that a conculture built from the ground up may be too similar to another IRL culture? I understand that some resemblance is inevitable due to environmental, religious, political, and cultural factors, I just want them to be different enough. The current conculture I'm workin...