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by gestaltist
22 Feb 2019 14:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Naltal
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: Naltal

Looks good for a first conlang. One thing that caught my eye as a little inconsistent: you use "ni" as an object marker after the noun phrase. While it is not a postposition per se, I would expect it to pattern similarly. So I would expect the language to either have postpositions instead of preposi...
by gestaltist
22 Feb 2019 14:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Īsmay - Phonology - Part I
Replies: 14
Views: 597

Re: Īsmay - Phonology - part I

PHONOLOGY - PART I Ismaic phonology, and especially morphophonology, is fairly complex, and will take me several posts to outline. I feel we're deep enough in the project for it to be interesting and have some context. MORPHOPHONEMIC CONSONANT INVENTORY Let's start by outlining the morphophonemic c...
by gestaltist
22 Feb 2019 13:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Īsmay - Phonology - Part I
Replies: 14
Views: 597

Re: Īsmay - verbal system continued

Very nice! [:D] Deverbals are derivation I always enjoy; I have lots in Boral (and i really should have more options for that sort of thing in Duban...) Thanks! Derivational morphology is my favorite part of conlanging, I think. I remember reading about in on Zompist's page was my first conlanging ...
by gestaltist
22 Feb 2019 13:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introducing Qutrussan
Replies: 101
Views: 20733

Re: Introducing Qutrussan

Nice to see a new post of yours. :) I also find adjectives very hard to do. Glad I'm not alone! I like a few details about what you did. I like the reduplicated adjectives. I like the attributive locatives. That's something I've never tried, and definitely should. I like affixed true adjectives and ...
by gestaltist
20 Feb 2019 12:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?
Replies: 14
Views: 275

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

I remember reading about some African language analyzed as having no vowel phonemes - but even here, it has several vowel phones, it's just that their distribution is predictable from the consonants. I can't find the related paper anymore, I'm afraid.
by gestaltist
19 Feb 2019 17:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kahichali 2.0.
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: Kahichali 2.0.

I like the thought you put into your orthography. I feel most conlang orthographies are too exact and miss the underspecification of real languages.
by gestaltist
19 Feb 2019 16:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?
Replies: 14
Views: 275

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

Why don't you?

Personally, I think such a language would have several "surface" vowels anyway, and the single vowel would be a matter of analysis. Especially since you're saying it would be aposteriori.
by gestaltist
15 Feb 2019 17:09
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What do I need to know?
Replies: 10
Views: 210

Re: What do I need to know?

This is very subjective. I agree with elemtilas on the main point: just start and don't worry about what you don't know. You'll get better as you go. It's like sports: you can read all you want about running, but if you never go out there and run, you'll be terrible at it. When you conlang, you run ...
by gestaltist
14 Feb 2019 20:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177205

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

Hello. Are there any latinised names for grammatical cases matching with the expressions "according to" and "far from"? Which ones should have grammatical numbers matching with "many", "more" and "less" (these two last like in "more/less chairs, buttons, etc.)? I'd go with "considerative" and "dist...
by gestaltist
14 Feb 2019 20:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177205

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

Is a tense-based split-erg protolang more likely to evolve split-s or fluid-s? I think the evolution of split-s vs fluid-s has to do mostly with the lexical items available in the language. If the proto-language tends to have separate volitional vs non-volitional verbs, it's somewhat less likely to...
by gestaltist
14 Feb 2019 09:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80497

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

Yeah, sounds realistic enough. Why send mothers to be nuns though? Wouldn't they be more useful as grandmothers? There's a reason why in most cultures, monasticism is linked to celibacy, not parenthood.
by gestaltist
13 Feb 2019 20:29
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80497

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

a pre-industrial society with most of the population get ordained as monks and nuns sometimes in their lives. In that society, there's a custom for every family to send a daughter to the local temple to be ordained as nun when she is born; besides, the most smart child of a village is usually sent ...
by gestaltist
12 Feb 2019 13:14
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80497

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

An alternative history which came to my mind when stepping out of the shower two days ago: What if Rome had adopted the Etruscan language, and built its empire speaking and spreading that language? (After all, they did once have an Etruscan nobility.) So the whole Romance branch of Indo-European wo...
by gestaltist
08 Feb 2019 10:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Īsmay - Phonology - Part I
Replies: 14
Views: 597

Re: Īsmay - deverbal nouns

My triconlang also has four voices similar to yours, although my causative analogue is more of an instrumental applicative and my cooperative has adjutative (helping) functions and doesn't detransitivize. The latter two make for some interesting nouns: śutñe "one who hears" > śəttuñe "one who is us...
by gestaltist
07 Feb 2019 13:27
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 866

Re: underused settings in world building

I never really understood assigning genres to worlds. Worlds are too big. This is an excellent point to bring up in this thread. Worlds are too big. But how many settings are really "worlds"? Most of the time, there is one or two focus cultures and an under-defined "here be dragons". I think many c...
by gestaltist
05 Feb 2019 21:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Nłōkjenkā̤itää
Replies: 19
Views: 619

Re: Nłokjenkaitää discussion thread.

Ok so that's clear now, thank you. Now I have another doubt: is it effective to some point to mark noun definiteness sintactically instead of using a declension? I'm curious what you have in mind. Sounds like a cool idea. And another question: in a language with more than one noun declension, are c...
by gestaltist
04 Feb 2019 09:32
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80497

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

You know of Spelljammer!? I've never played in that setting but I've read about it. I think I first came across it when trying to find inspiration for a fantasy-scifi crossover setting. Forgotten Realms was terribly generic. Which was the setting's strength, in a way. It was almost like a blank can...
by gestaltist
04 Feb 2019 09:28
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 866

Re: underused settings in world building

So are you asking about underused (as in the topic) or underrated (as in the OP)? I feel these are completely different things. The answer to "underused settings" would be "almost all of them". There's a few popular cliches which get reiterated seemingly endlessly. And there's a reason for that: fam...
by gestaltist
03 Feb 2019 12:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Nłōkjenkā̤itää
Replies: 19
Views: 619

Re: Ą̈väriäŋką̈itää: an introduction.

John-NTR walked into the barn. John-NTR saw-ANTIP a horse. John-NTR walked into the barn and saw-ANTIP a horse. I feel that something is missing from your example. With an antipassive, the horse would have to be removed or demoted to an oblique, right? Here it looks like it's still a transitive sen...
by gestaltist
02 Feb 2019 20:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1665
Views: 325429

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

So, while browsing The Other Board , I've stumbled upon an interesting observation concerning climate: that Geoff's climate cookbook (the usual beginner's resource) is not quite accurate when things deviate too much from Earth, especially when there are east-to-west coastlines in the wrong place . ...