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by LinguistCat
Tue 06 Nov 2018, 16:06
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 779
Views: 61130

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

Is broðiar related to brodeur (to embroider) from Old French?
by LinguistCat
Wed 31 Oct 2018, 02:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Writing sound changes so I understand later
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: Writing sound changes so I understand later

OK, so you want medial clusters only, and are not really in favor of word-final consonants. This means your sound changes could look something like this: a > ɐ / _ except #(C)_ and C_# ɐ > Ø / VC_CV (starting at the beginning of a word, and targeting the next vowel only if the preceding vowel hasn'...
by LinguistCat
Tue 30 Oct 2018, 15:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Writing sound changes so I understand later
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: Writing sound changes so I understand later

Are you okay with word-initial *#CaCu becoming #CCu? And with word-final *CVCa# becoming CVC#? Should word-final *VCaCa# typically become VCCa#, VCaC#, or VCC#? (I'm using <#> to explicitly write out the word boundary.) I might just disallow consonant clusters at the beginning or ends of words, so ...
by LinguistCat
Tue 30 Oct 2018, 03:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Writing sound changes so I understand later
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Writing sound changes so I understand later

I'm starting with Old Japanese to derive a fictional language related to Japanese, so my starting syllable structure is pretty strictly CV, with bare V only allowable at the beginning of a word. An early sound change is losing /a/ in many environments, but I don't want it to result in consonant clus...
by LinguistCat
Mon 29 Oct 2018, 18:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14228
Views: 965189

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

Question moved elsewhere.
by LinguistCat
Sun 21 Oct 2018, 23:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14228
Views: 965189

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

Starting with a mostly CV language and dropping some vowels in some places, could the consonant that had proceeded the vowel become one thing before another consonant and another at the end of words, but still change in both places?
by LinguistCat
Sun 21 Oct 2018, 03:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6752
Views: 585953

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

Is there a way to find words that were known to exist in Classical/Old Japanese through texts, but don't have descendants in the modern language? Or other older languages? Are you asking if there’s a place where you can look up the meanings of such words, or if there’s a list of such words? I was h...
by LinguistCat
Sat 20 Oct 2018, 08:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6752
Views: 585953

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

Is there a way to find words that were known to exist in Classical/Old Japanese through texts, but don't have descendants in the modern language? Or other older languages? Are you asking if there’s a place where you can look up the meanings of such words, or if there’s a list of such words? I was h...
by LinguistCat
Sat 20 Oct 2018, 02:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6752
Views: 585953

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

Is there a way to find words that were known to exist in Classical/Old Japanese through texts, but don't have descendants in the modern language? Or other older languages?
by LinguistCat
Thu 18 Oct 2018, 14:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14228
Views: 965189

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

On my own note, what are good ways to derive /l/ (or other laterals) in a phonology that doesn't have it. I figure coronals would be a good place to start, but am not sure in what environments this would be likely to happen. In Hong Kong Cantonese, n → l occurs near unconditionally in initial posit...
by LinguistCat
Thu 18 Oct 2018, 06:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14228
Views: 965189

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

Here they are: ʋ, t, d, (θ), ð, z, tʃ, dʒ, n, r, l, ɖ, ʐ, (ʃ), ʒ, j, k, g, x, ʔ, h Parentheses indicate letter that will be phones but not seperare phonemes. (Probably.) I feel like it's funky but honestly I have no idea. Any suggestions/thoughts appreciated! [<3] One thing is that it's a bit odd t...
by LinguistCat
Mon 24 Sep 2018, 16:48
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Reverse Sound Changes Game
Replies: 1121
Views: 89879

Re: Reverse Sound Changes Game

[taðˈqiːqati] > [tadu'qi:qati]
by LinguistCat
Mon 17 Sep 2018, 16:32
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What would humanoid bugs use as mounts?
Replies: 31
Views: 2396

Re: What would humanoid bugs use as mounts?

What about non-insect arthropods, if other insects are out. Although I suppose you'd want to look into the ones that aren't themselves insect eaters. Or did you mean "bug" in a broader context?
by LinguistCat
Sun 16 Sep 2018, 03:18
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Music in my con world, how about yours?
Replies: 29
Views: 2943

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

If kaibyou have their own music, it would be heavily influenced by Japanese music traditions, (and indirectly by cultures that Japan borrowed from). Imagine like, Japanese folk and court music, but made for cats. Otherwise they primarily listen to various styles of Japanese music (and again, music ...
by LinguistCat
Mon 20 Aug 2018, 23:53
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 714
Views: 127056

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

I was born in 1988 and feel I am strongly a Millennial, possibly even with some GenZ traits because I interact with alot of people younger than me, some even in high school or just starting their college years. AFAIK, while the boundary for Millennials and Gen Z-ers is particularly fuzzy, people who...
by LinguistCat
Thu 16 Aug 2018, 18:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: ItsOkayToBeSmart posts a video treating linguistics as a real science!
Replies: 2
Views: 631

Re: ItsOkayToBeSmart posts a video treating linguistics as a real science!

I enjoyed that video. ItsOkayToBeSmart is a pretty good channel overall though.
by LinguistCat
Tue 24 Jul 2018, 01:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?
Replies: 15
Views: 1607

Re: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?

At least for one of my conworlds, things might have spirits without being what we would call alive. But they might not be the same as a soul depending on what definition of "soul" you mean. The spiritual element of a human? Obviously not. The spiritual portion of any object or entity? Obviously yes....
by LinguistCat
Tue 24 Jul 2018, 01:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: asking again on Old Japanese/Proto-Japonic resources
Replies: 11
Views: 2684

Re: asking again on Old Japanese/Proto-Japonic resources

I know this thread is a bit old now, but have you read Bjarke Frellesvig's A History of the Japanese Language ? It has a little bit of everything in it from Proto-Japanese up to modern times. Here's a link to download the pdf, but if you want it more directly I can try to do that for you. http://ge...
by LinguistCat
Sat 21 Jul 2018, 23:58
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Dealing with Conlanger's Block
Replies: 24
Views: 2460

Re: Dealing with Conlanger's Block

I also have conlangers bloc. It arises out of decision paralysis. In my Mannish I cannot decide whether or not to include initial mutations, how to work them into the language, how the grammar is affected and so on, and then I get annoyed that I deviated from my original goal of a conservative Norw...
by LinguistCat
Sat 21 Jul 2018, 03:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11192
Views: 785003

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Decided that for a certain vowel drop, I'd be more ok with dropping a pitch accented syllable and do something with the tone on the previous syllable than to drop the first syllable of a word, if something would be dropped and those are the only options. (Though if both, then nothing drops.) Should ...