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by Systemzwang
20 May 2015 20:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Adjectives
Replies: 32
Views: 4577

Re: Adjectives

It seems to be very popular for conlangers to merge adjectives with either verbs or nouns; I guess some kinda merge them both ways (i.e. what we'd translate as nouns, some of them are verbs in the language, some are nouns). However, why doesn't anyone ever split adjectives into two new categories?
by Systemzwang
30 Apr 2015 18:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14839
Views: 1274087

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

Are there any natlangs that have multiple affixes covering various morphological domains, but allow only one affix per word? I'm writing a lang that's mono/sesquisyllabic, with the reduced syllable being a bound prefix, with various non-overlapping meanings (e.g. u - 'and', Ci - 'plural'), and I'm ...
by Systemzwang
24 Apr 2015 07:37
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Hobbies/interests
Replies: 101
Views: 16516

Re: Hobbies/interests

I just finished yet another song in 11 tone equal temperament. https://soundcloud.com/markus-miekk-oja/party-regret If we were to number the tones of the scale from 0 to 10, the two scales used in it are: 0, 2,3, 5,6, 8,9, (11) 0,1, 3, 5, 7, 9, (11) (spaces spaced so as to illustrate the distributio...
by Systemzwang
20 Apr 2015 01:35
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 1192
Views: 180007

Re: Other Creativity

New piece of music (still not completed, but good enough to be in presentable shape), this time alternating between the LsLsLsL scale of 11-edo (L=tone, s=semitone) and the sLLLLL scale of the 11-edo.

https://soundcloud.com/markus-miekk-oja/party-regret
by Systemzwang
16 Apr 2015 09:14
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: This is possibly the dumbest of questions.
Replies: 40
Views: 5305

Re: This is possibly the dumbest of questions.

Quick Crash Course. Recognize the parts of a sentence The cats jumped over the cliff There's some problems here. I'll try and explain. The - Article. Shows which noun is being used Well, not really. In English, the article shows that the noun referred to is known from before. I.e. it's either a cat...
by Systemzwang
16 Apr 2015 09:11
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: This is possibly the dumbest of questions.
Replies: 40
Views: 5305

Re: This is possibly the dumbest of questions.

A while ago, I started a blog where I intended to write understandable primers to concepts like these. It never really got off the ground, but it might be of some help. Here:
http://http://jargonforconlangers.blogspot.com/
by Systemzwang
16 Apr 2015 08:59
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Non-traditional economies
Replies: 25
Views: 3759

Re: Non-traditional economies

No, socialist is not non-traditional, Ahzoh. So, let's talk about economies that function in ways different from real life. Here's a few, off the top of my head: Post-scarcity : Where everything is so abundant, everybody can have effectively everything they want. Most people assume such a system wo...
by Systemzwang
09 Apr 2015 20:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Who's actually learning conlangs?
Replies: 310
Views: 29755

Re: Who's actually learning conlangs?

IMHO from birth is a very noble intention. I would think though that the main "prestige" language ought to be taught. If you natively speak a non-prestige language, it's turned out that speaking your native language to your kid is better than speaking the prestige language - unless they're basicall...
by Systemzwang
09 Apr 2015 11:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Who's actually learning conlangs?
Replies: 310
Views: 29755

Re: Who's actually learning conlangs?

I see I have shaken up some controversy again. Well and good. Let's consider some things here. For a child to turn out bilingual, it almost certainly needs a speaker community with which to interact. In fact, parents who speak a foreign language but live in an almost monolingual milieu often fail to...
by Systemzwang
30 Mar 2015 16:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Unique and/or odd distinctions
Replies: 185
Views: 19313

Re: Unique and/or odd distinctions

Simply said, you don't have to drink to live, Uhh… are you sure about that? Generally, we can find a large amount of water in fresh food, if you are mainly eating vegetables and *soups* as we discussed. In theory we could avoid every liquid other than those and still live, although with a dangerous...
by Systemzwang
28 Mar 2015 13:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Unique and/or odd distinctions
Replies: 185
Views: 19313

Re: Unique and/or odd distinctions

Might be a difference between cultures that consume soup with cutlery (spoons) as opposed to actually drinking straight out of the bowl. Might be a difference between cultures that consume thicker soups or soups with more substance (like potatoes) that one actually has to chew as opposed to thin so...
by Systemzwang
24 Mar 2015 21:46
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: How to make a phonology
Replies: 6
Views: 1861

Re: How to make a phonology

Someone really needs to write a guide to phonology that goes beyond 'phonological inventories' soon. I am just getting the daunting feeling that it'll have to be me. :(
by Systemzwang
31 Jan 2015 11:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 697
Views: 166751

Re: False cognates

English 'be' and Nanai (Tungusic) 'bi'.

Georgian genitive -(i)s, Germanic genitive -s.
by Systemzwang
30 Jan 2015 15:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: My conlang, not yet named, but Angelic.
Replies: 67
Views: 7479

Re: Gender in a conlang

Can anyone explain to me what the purpose of gender in a language is, and how to apply it to a conlang? Like, for example, if I created a small base word and added a vowel to the end, is that enough? e.g. sen is the base for person, then adding an a makes it Divine gender, adding e makes it Mortal ...
by Systemzwang
14 Jan 2015 13:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: How can I teach a Conlang online?
Replies: 10
Views: 2277

Re: How can I teach a Conlang online?

A relevant question: why? Do you think there'll be an audience for it? Do you think the effort you're going to put into that will have any returns whatsoever? Do you think your conlang genuinely is far along to be worth learning for anyone?
by Systemzwang
11 Nov 2014 23:54
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Can anybody give me tips on grammar?
Replies: 14
Views: 3537

Re: Can anybody give me tips on grammar?

For some inspiration as to dimensions your language can seep into, I do recommend my blog http://miniatureconlangs.blogspot.com

I know this is tooting my own horn, but it's intended as an inspiration as to all the kinds of cool things you can do with language.
by Systemzwang
23 Oct 2014 09:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Usage of the English language (languages?)
Replies: 18
Views: 3850

Re: Usage of the English language (languages?)

Hypothesis: if there exist alternatives to those two, 'they have' is among them.
by Systemzwang
13 Oct 2014 11:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: NaS PaLaRo, an oligoanalytic language
Replies: 7
Views: 1699

Re: NaS PaLaRo, an oligoanalytic language

Examples plox! Word order is highly flexible, based on tags like Japanese, with a verb-first structure (usually). I would've expected strict word order being an analytic language. Strict word order might allow for less ambiguous statements, as I've read is a problem with olilangs. There are other w...
by Systemzwang
09 Oct 2014 21:44
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 1192
Views: 180007

Re: Other Creativity

A new song
https://soundcloud.com/markus-miekk-oja ... -ascension

Not entirely complete yet though, needs some production values
by Systemzwang
23 Sep 2014 06:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: New words for Kala
Replies: 9
Views: 1754

Re: New words for Kala

If you ever go about to make a detailed grammar, you may want to be pretty specific on the title page (e.g. "Khemehekis' Kala" or somesuch)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kala_language