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by gestaltist
20 Feb 2019 12:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?
Replies: 11
Views: 169

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: 76

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: 11
Views: 169

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: 198

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: 14460
Views: 1175643

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: 14460
Views: 1175643

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: 80343

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: 80343

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: 80343

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 - verbal system continued
Replies: 12
Views: 558

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: 829

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: 616

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: 80343

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: 829

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: 616

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: 1661
Views: 324810

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 . ...
by gestaltist
02 Feb 2019 18:11
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80343

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

You've never heard of Ravenloft!? Ugh, kids these days! Next you'll be saying you don't know about Dark Sun, or Spelljammer, or Planescape... I know these three. :) Ravenloft is/was the D&D setting for horror stories. Different 'Domains' have different horror flavours, reflecting their different 'D...
by gestaltist
02 Feb 2019 13:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80343

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

I just had a random idea I thought I'd share. What if god(s) of a setting were like developers of a MMO game, releasing patches and expansions when they discover exploits or create new content? I have noticed that conworlds which have god(s) usually fall into one of two categories: either there is ...
by gestaltist
29 Jan 2019 16:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: ŗahrih raçnann
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: ŗahrih raçnann

Phonology b d c m n ɲ ʀ ɾ ç h ɺ ʎ s' p' t' q' i u e o a This is a very strange consonantal inventory. I guess if humans are programmed to speak like this due to the gods making them, it's fine, but this whole thing would collapse the second natural processes start to happen. What jumps out as weird...
by gestaltist
28 Jan 2019 23:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Īsmay - verbal system continued
Replies: 12
Views: 558

Re: Īsmay - verbal system continued

Did I understand right? Pseudo-examples: [dog][cat][chase] 'The dog chases the cat.' [cat][chase] 'The cat is chased.' Would an easier analyses just be that the verbs are lexically absolutive-ergative, i.e. dropping the agent argument also drops it from the argument structure. I think "Potatoes boi...