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by gach
24 Apr 2019 12:03
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Bodus and the Bodusians
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Bodus and the Bodusians

Khemehekis wrote:
24 Apr 2019 06:47
What does the diamond symbol (◊) in the equation mean?
That looks like fairly mangled up notation. The Wikipedia article on the Roche limit has what you seem to be looking for along with good discussion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roche_lim ... satellites
by gach
16 Apr 2019 15:02
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Astronomy workshop
Replies: 7
Views: 148

Re: Astronomy workshop

I seem to recall that R needs to be in AUs, M is in Solar Masses and T is in Earth Years in years Yep, these particular units are in common use by people working with Solar System dynamics since they simplify the mathematics quite a bit. I will say that deciding the planet's orbit first and then tr...
by gach
12 Mar 2019 16:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6913
Views: 817152

Re: Un-dotted...

What about a dotless ı + the combining short stroke overlay (U+0335) " ̵" > ı̵? At least for me it renders ugly on this board but that's not to say that it won't work properly in a correctly chosen font.
by gach
21 Feb 2019 07:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?
Replies: 18
Views: 567

Re: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?

Ohhhhh, I think I remembered it incorrectly, then [:P] I thought, when I wrote that post, that /i/ and /u/ were epenthetic (and conditioned or only appeared in borrowings. It's a cool system either way (unlike the Northwest Caucasian languages, it looks like there's less variation in how vowels are...
by gach
20 Feb 2019 07:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?
Replies: 18
Views: 567

Re: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?

Although there are languages with just two vowels, most notably the Northwest Caucasian languages (although, as gestaltist points out, these tend to have a number of phonetic realisations depending on the surrounding consonants), but my favourite language for this sort of thing is Yimas. The proble...
by gach
26 Jan 2019 00:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lkal sik
Replies: 13
Views: 1573

Re: Lkal sik

I’d recommend reading the 1976 book “Subject and topic”, edited by Charles N. Li. https://books.google.com/books?id=EP5sAAAAIAAJ&q=inauthor:%22Charles+N.+Li%22&dq=inauthor:%22Charles+N.+Li%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwinlMi0h4jgAhVLOq0KHdiQCZ4Q6AEINTAC Well, that book went on order then. Thanks for the...
by gach
24 Jan 2019 22:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lkal sik
Replies: 13
Views: 1573

Re: Lkal sik

OK, seems that I at least need to grab Lambrecht and finally read it cover to cover. And if I don't find anything terribly useful, there's always the chance in conlanging to have a go at experimental typology and try to figure out yourself what sort of things work out better than others. How do you ...
by gach
23 Jan 2019 01:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lkal sik
Replies: 13
Views: 1573

Re: Lkal sik

Another thing I've been thinking of is that despite paying a lot of attention to dealing with information structure in conlanging, I've never actually started a topic prominent language. This is an obvious gap that needs to be filled and I've chosen to use Lkal sik for the purpose. As you may notice...
by gach
22 Jan 2019 23:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Miršian - a Finnic conlang
Replies: 11
Views: 480

Re: Miršian - a Finnic conlang

- Lack of partitive singular, partitive plural develops to an indefinite plural absolutive Do you have anything more ready on this subject? It sounds like it could be interesting. Is the partitive plural supposed to be in contrast with the definite nominative/accusative plural or do you have a more...
by gach
20 Jan 2019 22:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lkal sik
Replies: 13
Views: 1573

Re: Lkal sik

Glad that you like it. Egoforicity is one of those things which takes time before you start to understand it intuitively, especially in relation with classical evidentiality. Hence also the differences between my old and new posts. If you still wish to do reading for a future project using egoforici...
by gach
20 Jan 2019 21:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lkal sik
Replies: 13
Views: 1573

Re: Lkal sik

Due to work, I haven't found too much time or motivation for some time to be productive on the conlanging front (what you get for ending up in charge of three first author papers at the same time). I did, however, do a little more reading on egoforicity over the Christmas break, which made me recons...
by gach
01 Nov 2018 22:47
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: On Anti-Agreement Effects
Replies: 9
Views: 17745

Re: On Anti-Agreement Effects

I've been meaning to buy that book. Foley's "Papuan Languages of New Guinea" is one of the best / most interesting areal linguistic surveys I've read. I've been worrying that my agreement system is too complex (a kind of covert hierarchical agreement + anti-agreement effects), but Yimas sounds pret...
by gach
01 Nov 2018 17:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: On Anti-Agreement Effects
Replies: 9
Views: 17745

Re: On Anti-Agreement Effects

1. Does anyone have a detailed description of non-actor/non-subject anti-agreement effects in any language? 2. More specifically, does anyone have examples where contrastive/argument focus triggers such an anti-agreement effect? Foley's grammar of Yimas touches this briefly (pp. 232-235). The langu...
by gach
01 Nov 2018 15:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: In Other Community News...
Replies: 10
Views: 11787

Re: In Other Community News...

We are happy to announce that the 8th Language Creation Conference will take place in Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom, on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2019. Interesting proposition, I'd like to visit one of these at some point. Unfortunately this one is probably colliding with anot...
by gach
19 Oct 2018 12:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2886
Views: 276703

Re: Yay or Nay?

β > f is pretty rare and strange though. You can impose general devoicing of fricatives, though, in which case the change works nicely. Voicing distinction is anyway less common on fricatives than on stops (https://wals.info/feature/4A#2/19.3/152.9), so loosing voicing on fricatives is not out of q...
by gach
16 Oct 2018 18:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14611
Views: 1216014

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

What's the boundary between polysynthetic and highly agglutinative? Like, when does a language start being polysynthetic? As you can see from the other responses, there isn't a satisfactorily clear-cut definition for what polysynthesis should mean. The usage of the term circles around high morpholo...
by gach
09 Oct 2018 13:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2886
Views: 276703

Re: Yay or Nay?

Since pː → pʰ is attested, how likely is the opposite pʰ → pː in an intervocalic environment? Both [pʰ] and [pː] could be viewed as fortis realizations of [p]. Yea or Nay on making them interchangeable intervocalically such that: p pʰ → f p \ V_V Maybe, though I'd like to see real world examples of...
by gach
27 Sep 2018 17:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6913
Views: 817152

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

Does anyone know anything about phenomena similar to consonant gradation in non-Uralic languages? At least Central Alaskan Yupik has rhythmic lengthening of vowels which triggers consonant gemination under certain conditions. It's not quite consonant gradation but it plays with similar underlying p...
by gach
19 Sep 2018 16:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 5155
Views: 619188

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

I do really like this, but it goes against many of my ideas for Limestone. It’s certainly not meant to have fifteen * consonant phonemes... I guess I’ll keep the fricative inventory at the back of my head until I think of another language to use it in. It's certainly a different style but at the sa...
by gach
11 Sep 2018 10:44
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The constants e and π in linguistics
Replies: 7
Views: 4041

Re: The constants e and π in linguistics

To make this more rigorous, you certainly need a comparison with the amount of languages where the number of values that these grammatical features get is a whole number below e. For instance, how common are three gender systems when compared to two gender systems or the lack of gender (i.e. "one ge...