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by sangi39
Fri 19 Jan 2018, 04:32
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Magic and Gods on Yantas
Replies: 24
Views: 1760

Re: Magic and Gods on Yantas

I like this idea. If you go with it, a byproduct of historiography will be generation of deities, which is quite original. One thing you might want to think about: to what extent is the "soul" affected by the contents of their connection to the real world. E.g., if a cruel tyrant starts an empire a...
by sangi39
Fri 19 Jan 2018, 03:49
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Immortality, Zombies, and Vampires (Yantas, Magic, and Gods)
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: Immortality, Zombies, and Vampires (Yantas, Magic, and Gods)

Loving this, especially this part: The reconnection has to be maintained, with the body continuing to decay, albeit at a slower rate, and the soul does naturally start to "drift". I'm imagining a half-rotten Genghis-like conqueror ruling over half of Yantas for three centuries with human sacrifices...
by sangi39
Thu 18 Jan 2018, 03:27
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Immortality, Zombies, and Vampires (Yantas, Magic, and Gods)
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Immortality, Zombies, and Vampires (Yantas, Magic, and Gods)

So I started having a think about how the magic system found on Yantas, and how it ties in with its deities, might allow for forms of necromancy and, to a point, vampirism. As explained in other threads, Yantas' system of magic relies on humans and Kovur, through various means, both direct and indir...
by sangi39
Thu 18 Jan 2018, 02:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13353
Views: 644951

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

You could reverse it to yn at the end of the wortd, or even just y if it doesn't conflict. I think Old French use to do something similar, with < il > for /ʎ/ (I think some dialects of Basque do something similar), and of course Irish and Scottish Gaelic use < il > and < in > for /ʎ/ and /ɲ/ becaus...
by sangi39
Thu 18 Jan 2018, 00:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13353
Views: 644951

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

Maybe <lh> or <ľ>? I'd agree with that, although I'd suggest < ĺ > rather than < ľ > unless you're against diacritics over ascenders. < lh > would fit in with < sh > and < zh >, although that option does then leave < ń > feeling a little out of place (< nh > would be more consistent there, and < nj...
by sangi39
Wed 17 Jan 2018, 22:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13353
Views: 644951

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

I'm looking for a way to represent /ʎ]/. At first I used <lj> but I want <j> to be /ɟ/. <ly> would be confusing for me at the end of words or in clusters, because it looks like it has a vowel. I could go with <ll>, but are there other ideas? What's the rest of the phoneme inventory and orthography ...
by sangi39
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 02:53
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 19
Views: 804

Re: Surprising cognates

Creyeditor wrote:
Wed 10 Jan 2018, 21:35
I think the first part of 'Heirat' is distantly related via PGmc 'hiwô'.
Wiktionary at least agrees with you. It's from *hiwô + *raidīniz
by sangi39
Mon 08 Jan 2018, 03:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6314
Views: 386295

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

So this evening I learnt that there's a northern Welsh word, lle chwech, that means "toilet", i.e. the room. Literally, though, it translates as "six place"... How does that mean "toilet"?! [:P]
by sangi39
Mon 08 Jan 2018, 01:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 549
Views: 48263

Re: False cognates

:tan: Swahili simu "telephone", "phone call" is not from SIM but from Persian سیم‏ ( sim , "coins", "wire"). In Comorian, a language closely related to Swahili, it means "telegram". In Persian, it's ultimately a borrowing from Ancient Greek and the modern word ασήμι asími "silver" is cognate with i...
by sangi39
Wed 03 Jan 2018, 22:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Languages of Yantas
Replies: 71
Views: 5898

Re: The Languages of Yantas

So this time I wanted to work on a language with no phonemic or phonetic nasals at all, and a pretty gappy plosive series. I chose the Siltom languages (in dark blue) because of their proximity to the Vuluka languages, and Proto-Vuluka only has a set of nasal vowels, not nasal consonants, so I wante...
by sangi39
Wed 03 Jan 2018, 18:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6314
Views: 386295

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

Basque is usually described as having a closed class of verbs.i don't know the details, though. IIRC, it's because only a handful of verbs can be conjugated synthetically for things like person, number, and tense (I've not found a full list, but it's maybe a dozen or two), while the rest of verbs a...
by sangi39
Mon 01 Jan 2018, 23:40
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 975
Views: 34478

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

The new year for me has had a fairly good start. Well, it has for the reptiles: https://i.imgur.com/nBO45PQ.png https://i.imgur.com/FC0bIKj.png Kami's weight has been pretty stable for the last few months, bordering on 60g (which is why the "percentage" graph looks like he's put on loads of weight, ...
by sangi39
Mon 01 Jan 2018, 22:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24445

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

I've had to take a break over Christmas and New Year (spending time with family, and the shop I work in is open every day of the year), but I'm definitely with Inkcube-Revolver on this one, bravo! Trying to make my way through this is a challenge, but a lot of fun [:D]
by sangi39
Mon 01 Jan 2018, 00:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Empire of The Kusan
Replies: 19
Views: 516

Re: The Empire of The Kusan

eldin raigmore wrote:
Sun 31 Dec 2017, 11:31
@sangi39, your last three posts are pretty good! I like them! Thanks! [B)]
Thanks [:)] I had been hoping for some feedback in this thread [:)]
by sangi39
Sun 31 Dec 2017, 03:43
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Empire of The Kusan
Replies: 19
Views: 516

Re: The Empire of The Kusan

And a brief overview of the legislative process: https://i.imgur.com/iHoxarf.png Each political body has a decreasing number of rights: a) The Emperor can pass laws or veto votes at any and all stages at his discretion b) The Senate Proper can propose laws, debate them, amend them, and vote on them,...
by sangi39
Sun 31 Dec 2017, 02:20
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Empire of The Kusan
Replies: 19
Views: 516

Re: The Empire of The Kusan

Tried to come up with a diagram that briefly shows off the relationships between various classes, individuals and political bodies, which I'm hoping makes some kind of sense. It misses out details like term limits, juries, the legislative process, the electoral process, etc. but I think it shows off...
by sangi39
Mon 25 Dec 2017, 01:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24445

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

And for a preliminary guess at the words in the proto-language:
Spoiler:
1: te'lemekʷo
2: 'mposotsi
3: 'kʷoŋotke
4: aŋ'kʷoŋotke
5: 'serew
6: an'serew
7: qilipoŋq
8: ke'ɬep
9: 'tsinitɬeŋ
10: an'setsa

I'm really, really unsure about 1 and 7
by sangi39
Mon 25 Dec 2017, 00:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24445

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

I'm kind of working on it for an hour or two each night after work. My main struggle is keeping everything in a reasonable order [:P] I've been looking at Language B for the last 15 minutes, and I think I can spot a couple of sound changes, just need to get them all down and make sure they make sense.
by sangi39
Sat 23 Dec 2017, 03:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24445

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

Trying to pin down the phoneme inventory of the proto-language: /p t ts tɬ k kʷ q/ /n ŋ/ /s ɬ/ /w r l/ /i (y?) u/ /e o/ /a/ /t s n r/ might be apical vs. laminal /ts l/ Aspiration and voicing distinctions in the daughter languages appear to come from a phonemic split conditioned by the presence of a...
by sangi39
Thu 21 Dec 2017, 01:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24445

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

I'm going to ignore the hints in spoilers for the moment, lol. I assume there are other people working on this, it's just a pretty challenging... challenge. I'm just posting stuff as and when it comes to me, keeping each post relatively short so that you don't get bogged down trying to respond to a ...