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by Pabappa
Thu 19 Apr 2018, 04:47
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 593
Views: 71634

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

Im skeptical of that Wikipedia article ... a few samples from elsewhere on the page: The other cultural influences that are evident throughout Pingelapese history is the Spanish era portrayed in the Pingelapese dance called "Din Dihn" which is loosely translated in English to "Tin Tin". The dance re...
by Pabappa
Sun 15 Apr 2018, 00:41
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread
Replies: 485
Views: 55511

Re: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread

What counts as "stumbling in prayer"? Forgetting the words? An inopportune coughing jag? This varies from place to place. Ridia is big on rules and regulations by design, but each priest is given broad authority to create those rules rather than relying on a universal higher authority. This is beca...
by Pabappa
Sat 14 Apr 2018, 04:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 10998
Views: 602424

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I like it thanks. https://dl.dropbox.com/s/auawgeyar51tlvf/andan100btms-SMALL-bw-3.png <----- another one.... a HYPER-minimalist script of 100 letters thats about as small as it can be. There are actually 400 letters, depending on whether the bottoms are drawn in or not. These are for tones.thus ca...
by Pabappa
Wed 11 Apr 2018, 05:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: How would you romanize Kazakh?
Replies: 19
Views: 1341

Re: How would you romanize Kazakh?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyrgyz_language might be up soon.... It looks like they've got a similar phonology, though maybe a bit lighter than Uzbek and Kazakh. Still they have the same vowel problem, and a TV station has decided to use w for / u/.
by Pabappa
Wed 11 Apr 2018, 02:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 10998
Views: 602424

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I saw a thread asking about a conscript that was designed for digital media such as stock tickers etc .... I cant find the thread now but this is my entry: https://dl.dropbox.com/s/me2y60d53m84byq/very-tiny-vowel-script10.png Each row is a diff version of the same alphabet, which has only 30 syllabl...
by Pabappa
Mon 09 Apr 2018, 23:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13532
Views: 710729

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 Pabappa
Thu 05 Apr 2018, 02:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1571
Views: 138893

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

I think I read about a religion in e Africa with precisely 16 gods, but these were 4 modes of 4 gods, who were themselves 4 modes of a single supreme deity, so they could be considered monotheistic.
by Pabappa
Mon 26 Mar 2018, 16:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6497
Views: 428389

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

I came up with an isolating language where normal sentences were SOV, and passive sentences were VO. Thus word order marked the voice. I'm not sure there's any significant correlation between SOV and degree of inflection, though ... I can't really see an advantage to my old idea that would lead me t...
by Pabappa
Sun 25 Mar 2018, 22:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Let's see how this one goes...
Replies: 12
Views: 307

Re: Re:

Yes, <wu uw ji ij> are all invalid as per the phonology post a bit further down. The language isn't supposed to be directly or indirectly based on Japanese, it's just that the writing system looks a fair bit like Katakana. The grammar and lexicon shouldn't end up being noticeably Japanese-y at all....
by Pabappa
Sun 25 Mar 2018, 20:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Let's see how this one goes...
Replies: 12
Views: 307

I like the script. The glyphs look like they've been slowly simplified over time from ligatures of previously existing consonant plus vowel signs. This is *unlike* Japanese, though in Japanese the glyphs seem to have evolved towards a convergent shape anyway. One minor question about the phonology t...
by Pabappa
Sat 24 Mar 2018, 17:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13532
Views: 710729

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

Can you make a 3 way distinction of /k/ vs /ci/ vs /c/? If so then the /c/ has to be phonemic. For the other question, I'll try to word my answer better if I think of another way, but the Semitic langs may be a better example anyway, as they have neologisms formed from elements that are the exact sa...
by Pabappa
Fri 23 Mar 2018, 20:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13532
Views: 710729

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

Well, I like to keep words alive, so to speak, by passing down derived forms of words in their abstract form rather then succumbing to sound change and becoming ordinary opaque roots. Some polysynthetic languages have less than 2000 roots and they get along fine.... even placenames can be derivation...
by Pabappa
Thu 22 Mar 2018, 03:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13532
Views: 710729

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

I tend to make sample sentences only of nouns I'm familiar with. I know that I haven't memorized the entire lexicon of even my smaller conlangs like Khulls (~400 words), and I likely never will. But I've memorized the entire diachronic history of most of them, and so given any proto-form I can deriv...
by Pabappa
Mon 19 Mar 2018, 02:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kuo (Placeholder name)
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Kuo (Placeholder name)

Yes, [y] triggers palatalization in many languages. French doesn't have it but it's likely that it didn't have [y] when the palatalization began. Mandarin [y] always palatalizes velars before it. I think German [y] selects the ç allophone of its ich-laut.
by Pabappa
Fri 16 Mar 2018, 03:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Linguistic purism in conlangs
Replies: 22
Views: 2126

Re: Linguistic purism in conlangs

My conlangs are entirely a priori , and almost entirely without loans. Outside of names, there is only one loanword in Poswa out of ~4000 roots in its dictionary, and one loanword in Pabappa in its ~3000 word dictionary. There will be more, but they will all be cultural terms that did not exist in t...
by Pabappa
Thu 15 Mar 2018, 01:45
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread
Replies: 485
Views: 55511

Re: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread

I had a bit of a look there: some interesting concepts! Of course, I'd like to hear more the idea of "lack of sin". But I do wonder how this is squared with the concept of blasphemy and its really rather terrible sounding punishments! Thanks. Blasphemy does not harm anyone, but it is proof of a spi...
by Pabappa
Tue 13 Mar 2018, 19:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Will Indo-Aryan no longer be an accepted term in Linguistics?
Replies: 14
Views: 588

Re: Will Indo-Aryan no longer be an accepted term in Linguistics?

Afaik, Indo-Aryan refers to what we now call Indo-European, not to a subgroup. Since Persians were the original Aryans, it's possible it's been used as a synonym of Indo-Iranian, but it wouldn't make sense to call the Indic branch alone by any hyphenated name when Indic already covers it. Edit; appl...
by Pabappa
Fri 09 Mar 2018, 16:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13532
Views: 710729

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

I believe modern Dutch has /sx/ for German /š/, which indicates one possible path you could take, even if it was not quite the same path that German took, since x ----> š is easy to justify. But even so , I'm going to label this ❎unlikely if your/ h/ is a true h... A cluster of /h/ and /s/ in either...
by Pabappa
Mon 05 Mar 2018, 02:04
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: A script challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Re: A script challenge

This is much harder than I expected, and probably harder than you expected too ... I havent even really gotten anywhere. What I can get of this, which may be all wrong, is this: 1) Some letters seem to function both as vowels and consonants, so the script probably does not consistently write a schwa...
by Pabappa
Fri 02 Mar 2018, 15:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Non-pulmonic consonants
Replies: 17
Views: 684

Re: Non-pulmonic consonants

Tapilula, the parent language of most of my conlangs, has an ejective /k_>/. The daughter languages vary from no ejectives to keeping just this one to having a full set, like Khulls which has /p_> pw_> t_> k_> kw_>/. But no implosives. I have a very minor sideline project that has clicks, but they'r...