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by Sights
15 Mar 2017 22:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5844
Views: 1387981

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

Does anyone know how typologically common plural marking in nouns is in combination with numerals? I.e., redundantly marking plural in a noun when plurality is implied by "two", "twelve", etc., next to it. Also, is either option (plural marking always obligatory vs. plural marking optional with nume...
by Sights
07 Mar 2017 06:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5844
Views: 1387981

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

Is it naturalistic for a phoneme to appear only once or twice in a position which is otherwise forbidden in a language's lexicon? And can these words be very commonly used grammatical words? For instance, Bha has /ʔ/, but it can only be the onset of a syllable. However, I'm starting to think that th...
by Sights
25 Aug 2016 18:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Has anyone tried to Sketch langs from The Elder Scrolls?
Replies: 26
Views: 4058

Re: Has anyone tried to Sketch langs from The Elder Scrolls?

I mean, this is a world where the sun is literally a giant hole punched through Oblivion, and the Argonians are the result of mad scientist experiments by aliens or whatever the Hist is/are, and if you think too hard about the nature of existence you can accidentally eradicate yourself from reality...
by Sights
23 Aug 2016 19:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Has anyone tried to Sketch langs from The Elder Scrolls?
Replies: 26
Views: 4058

Re: Has anyone tried to Sketch langs from The Elder Scrolls?

I'm not aware of anyone who has done TES conlangs in this forum (Incatena does have one or two threads about this, I think) but, for a while, I toyed with the idea of creating the Jel language of the Argonians. It was sort of a daunting project really, because I wanted to work with canon material fr...
by Sights
22 Aug 2016 20:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5844
Views: 1387981

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

So in my conlang [ɦ] is an intervocalic allophone of /h/, [h] occurring after a nasal or at the beginning of a word. Anyway, I coined some words and only later realized they were minimal pairs whose only distinctive feature, I think, is [ɦ]: uā [waː] - shout uaha [waɦa] - bullroarer So... is that [ɦ...
by Sights
29 Jul 2016 20:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5844
Views: 1387981

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

(So... I'm still working on the origin of / m b/ y / n d/ in Bha. I wish I knew more about sound change ._. ) Instead of deriving them from /b/ and /d/, what about from /mː/ and /nː/? I'd rather the allophones of / m b/ and / n d/ be [mː] and [nː] than and [d]. But I'd like to know which route is m...
by Sights
28 Jul 2016 19:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5844
Views: 1387981

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

Some languages, such as Cornish, have a similar feature called pre-plosion, which doesn't particularly seem to have any condition whatsoever. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-stopped_consonant Edit: It seems to be tied with stress, so it's probably not entirely unconditioned Interesting. I'll look...
by Sights
27 Jul 2016 19:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5844
Views: 1387981

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

Are unconditioned /b/ > /mb/ and /d/ > /nd/ plausible enough?

I've searched the Index Diachronica and so far found only /b/ > /b~mb/, /b/ > /p~mb/, etc. (and similar stuff for /d/, like /d/ > /z~nd/)...
by Sights
04 Jul 2016 21:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5844
Views: 1387981

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

Those are good examples!

Papuan is enough of a lead, Creyeditor. I'll try to find this paper or at least some info on the subject.

Thanks, guys [:)]
by Sights
04 Jul 2016 19:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5844
Views: 1387981

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

Does anyone know examples of natlangs with suppletion between singular and plural forms of certain nouns? Suppose the plural for 'cow' was 'cattle' and the plural for 'person' was 'people' (with 'cows' and 'persons' being actually ungrammatical), for example. This doesn't sound too crazy, but I don'...
by Sights
30 Jun 2016 18:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 314654

Re: Yay or Nay?

What do the paradigms look like now? 1) Is the plural that you are referring to the plural of the possessed, or the possessor? Sorry if my post was unclear. The left column (that is, the way to encode possession for obligatorily possessed nouns, like "sister") was all suffixation. The plural I was ...
by Sights
29 Jun 2016 18:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 314654

Re: Yay or Nay?

Bha has possessive suffixes for obligatorily possessed nouns (mainly kin and body parts); other nouns use a clitic followed by a personal pronoun. However, due to stress rules and limited syllable shapes, I'm considering limiting the suffix system to singular and dual number, and having plurals use ...
by Sights
24 Jun 2016 21:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Naming Conlangs
Replies: 5
Views: 7826

Re: Naming Conlangs

I picked bha [ɸa] because I like how it sounded, really. I haven't decided yet, but the word is probably going to mean something like "breath/voice" (don't know how likely the semantic conflation of those things is). I think it's gonna be a generic term for "speech" or "language", so if Bha speakers...
by Sights
22 Jun 2016 02:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What Sounds Good in a Language?
Replies: 19
Views: 2375

Re: What Sounds Good in a Language?

I haven't seen a lot of conlangs with only open syllables. A quick glance at the relevant feature at CALS seems to support this (well, assuming the names of most of those conlangs are endonyms). Not that there's anything wrong with that. I just wonder if perhaps such languages sound boring or repeti...
by Sights
21 Jun 2016 21:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Bha language
Replies: 25
Views: 4822

Re: The Bha language

Lots and lots of great stuff here! [:D] Sorry it's taken me so long to see this. [:S] Thanks! And don't worry, heh [;)]. Update : since stress became pretty much predictable after introducing stress rules, I decided to get rid of all acute accents. I think this cleans up the romanization a bit. Any...
by Sights
20 Jun 2016 21:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 882
Views: 159504

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

Curiously enough, I've wanted Michael Coe's The art of the Maya Scribe for some time now. I'll add your suggestions to my list [:D]

Thanks.
by Sights
20 Jun 2016 20:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 882
Views: 159504

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

Good to know. I'll look into that [:)]

(As I'm sure you can tell, I still have a lot to learn about logographic systems... .-. )

Thanks, clawgrip and Keenir.
by Sights
20 Jun 2016 18:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 882
Views: 159504

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

If you have a logogram for sun, then, using English as an example, it would be used for words like sunset, sunscreen, sunspot, Sunday, etc., but it would not be used for words like sundry, sunken, Bosun, son, etc. If you did use it for those words, it would cease to be logographic since it would on...
by Sights
19 Jun 2016 23:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 882
Views: 159504

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

EDIT: Summary: - rare characters, complicated characters, and characters representing grammatical elements may get dropped - rare, complicated characters are surely gone - culturally important characters might remain - characters representing grammatical elements may be retained if people find them...
by Sights
16 Jun 2016 21:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 882
Views: 159504

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

I want to flesh out the writing of Bha (you can look at its script in pages 23 and 26 of this thread). I'd like to create a logographic predecessor to the current alphabet; I feel this would give it some depth and a sense of history. However, I lack both the time and the disposition to create an ent...