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by Micamo
Mon 08 Aug 2016, 20:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random ideas: Morphosyntax
Replies: 685
Views: 84307

Re: Random ideas: Morphosyntax

True, but the requirement for nominalization morphology on verb roots to appear in nominal positions is enough to prove that a category distinction does exist, though the language conspires to hide it well.
by Micamo
Mon 08 Aug 2016, 19:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random ideas: Morphosyntax
Replies: 685
Views: 84307

Re: Random ideas: Morphosyntax

Salishan languages can be analyzed as having no nouns, only verbs. There are arguments against it, but i haven't read them. The main argument is that, although any noun can be zero-derived into a predicate in salishan languages (and wakashan), you can't do the same thing with verbs: A noun can occu...
by Micamo
Mon 08 Aug 2016, 19:05
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Indicating a word's part of speech through morphemes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1018

Re: Indicating a word's part of speech through morphemes?

Conlangs: Probably, though I've never seen it specifically. Probably in some engelang somewhere. Natlangs: No. Closest you get are the obligatory gender-number affixes you see in families like Iroquoian and Bantu, but they aren't what you want for 2 reasons. 1. The affixes aren't used exclusively to...
by Micamo
Sat 30 Jul 2016, 14:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11192
Views: 787636

Re: What did you accomplish today?

It cannot be a mood because the verb is deranked. If it were a mood, then you would see verbal case markers taking infixed person-markers. This "demonstrative verb" strategy deranks the verb, and thus verbal case markers do not possess infixed person markers. Plenty of languages require special non...
by Micamo
Sat 30 Jul 2016, 03:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14232
Views: 969112

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

What interesting things can I do with demonstratives, as opposed to just a simple distance distinction like this/that in English? A few things natlangs do: - Visible/Non-visible - Familiar/Non-familiar (similar to but not the same as definite/indefinite) - Moving/stationary - Directionals, like uph...
by Micamo
Sat 30 Jul 2016, 03:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11192
Views: 787636

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I know you said you'd give a fuller explanation in the thread, but I'm not seeing how this could be meaningfully different from having a special relative mood form or something.
by Micamo
Thu 28 Jul 2016, 00:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14232
Views: 969112

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

HoskhMatriarch wrote:
Micamo wrote:Uhh

Options for what?
Marking modality.
Same options you have for marking anything else? Modality isn't a special category.
by Micamo
Wed 27 Jul 2016, 11:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14232
Views: 969112

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

What are all the tense aspects? I know there's simple, progressive, and...? There's no "all the tense aspects." That's like asking "what are all the verbs?" It's a semantic space that different languages carve up in different ways, and oftentimes two "aspects" labeled the same in different language...
by Micamo
Wed 27 Jul 2016, 11:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14232
Views: 969112

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

HoskhMatriarch wrote:What are options besides having moods and having auxiliary verbs?
Uhh

Options for what?
by Micamo
Wed 27 Jul 2016, 00:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14232
Views: 969112

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

Here are the places where infixes are definitively attested to go in a natlang. - After the first consonant - Before or after the first vowel - Before the final syllable - Before or after the final vowel - Before or after the stressed syllable - Before or after a stressed foot (either trochaic or ia...
by Micamo
Tue 26 Jul 2016, 05:27
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 570875

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

It's kinda criminal I became one before them tbh
by Micamo
Tue 26 Jul 2016, 03:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2876
Views: 232316

Re: Yay or Nay?

For the same reasons idat'uŋŋa isn't a new noun meaning "to your son"? The distinction between derivation and inflection can oftentimes be blurry, but taking this stance means *everything* is derivation. (Which is a stance some linguists take, but it makes the word useless.) And even if it were a fo...
by Micamo
Mon 25 Jul 2016, 23:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2876
Views: 232316

Re: Yay or Nay?

pssst....

possessor agreement is inflection....
by Micamo
Mon 25 Jul 2016, 22:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2876
Views: 232316

Re: Yay or Nay?

I say no, since the apostrophe doesn't represent a phoneme in the suffix.
by Micamo
Sat 23 Jul 2016, 21:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14232
Views: 969112

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

s > h definitely, s > h_w I'm not so sure. f > h_w would be more plausible honestly, but anyone who can jump in here and prove me wrong, please do so.
by Micamo
Sat 23 Jul 2016, 07:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14232
Views: 969112

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

Actually, I would expect that ATR harmony and nasal harmony might not be so likely to co-occur. It seems both that most languages have fewer nasal vowels than oral vowels and, where a tense-lax/close-open/ATR-RTR distinction in vowels is found, only one of the two series will distinguish nasality. ...
by Micamo
Fri 22 Jul 2016, 12:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11192
Views: 787636

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Niyaabe isn't super developed but I made a thingy on it anyway Niyaabe, the city of light. Where the stories say there was once a vast disc of light hanging above like a massive lamp, keeping the city bright and warm like the middle of summer all day, year-round. Where the corn grew from just a seed...
by Micamo
Fri 22 Jul 2016, 06:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11192
Views: 787636

Re: What did you accomplish today?

ps: though I'm morbidly curious: what happens if there simply were no births the week or month of the sacrifice? not stillborns, but no borns. Well, you saw what happened: The terms of the sacrifice impossible for the emperor to meet, their man-made god died, and the prosperity of Maską died with it.
by Micamo
Fri 22 Jul 2016, 05:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14232
Views: 969112

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

LinguoFranco wrote:Could you have multiple forms of vowel harmony in one language like say ATR and nasal harmony, or is that a no-no?
Yes, you can.