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by smappy
14 Aug 2015 21:07
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

I thought that Kaltek was Gixpoyan for a second [>_<] Whoops And the Umbric people? Well I thought about a syllabilary system like Linear B or Cypriot. The Umbric people could receive a syllabic system from the Songke, who received it from the Handapachi and Tiledem, who received it from the Kaltek...
by smappy
14 Aug 2015 18:47
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

On Earth a lot of writing systems were invented independently of other writing systems because the inventors were aware of writing in other cultures. That is, the concept of writing was borrowed but the actual writing system was invented independently. Maybe that's what happens on Teles? Alternative...
by smappy
14 Aug 2015 09:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Semũr
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: Semũr

Been thinking about this for a bit after I was told that aspirates don’t occur in langs without /h/. But there is a language with aspirates and no /h/. Hint: it's spoken by 960 million people. You might be wondering whether all its dialects have aspirates and no /h/. So far as I know they all do. O...
by smappy
14 Aug 2015 09:06
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

I think Land's End Ndukhal and Southwest Ndukhal might survive, the other branches not so much.

(for a map, see here)
by smappy
12 Aug 2015 20:52
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: PSA: aeiouǝ Inventories Exist in Natlangs!
Replies: 15
Views: 3880

PSA: aeiouǝ Inventories Exist in Natlangs!

I didn't know where else to post this, but I've seen the question floating around of whether plain /aeiouǝ/ vowel inventories exist in natlangs, often with some mention of Cherokee /aa:ee:ii:oo:uu:ǝ̃ǝ̃:/ and Albanian /aɛiɔuyǝ/. Well, just going on Phoible, I found there are several languages with /a...
by smappy
12 Aug 2015 17:59
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

It does sound pretty likely. Who's to say that it wasn't also the case for the other mountain ranges though? (speculation)
by smappy
12 Aug 2015 15:46
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

I'm not saying that all ancient mountains are totally tiny and insignificant. They are still significant. However, they are quite different from newer mountains. For example, the highest point in the Brazilian Highlands, Pico da Bandeira, is 2,864 m high. However, the highest point in the Andes, Mou...
by smappy
11 Aug 2015 08:32
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

It's definitely true that even eroded mountains can be culturally significant- for example, the Appalachians host a distinctive local culture, the Uralic family is named after the Urals, and the Guiana Highlands are not only home to the tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls, but also formed th...
by smappy
10 Aug 2015 21:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

On the other hand, these very old mountain ranges are highly eroded. The highest mountains like the Himalayas and the Andes are always found near plate boundaries. So, for example, in Teles, the highest mountains bordering the Great Plateau have to be on a plate boundary, and the same holds with the...
by smappy
10 Aug 2015 21:06
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

The Urals are extremely old— about 300 million years old! Other mountain ranges in the middle of plates include the Appalachian Mountains and the Guiana Highlands. Usually this is because the mountains in question are ancient and the plates which collided to form them merged into a single plate, whi...
by smappy
10 Aug 2015 15:34
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

Thanks loglorn for suggesting that we draw where the plates are moving. It was a really interesting exercise and helped me improve my model— I had to change a few plates around. And as a result, here is a beautiful new series of maps for y'all showing the tectonic plates of Teles and how they are mo...
by smappy
08 Aug 2015 20:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

I have 4 PG daughters with 5-6 vowels and 2 with nasal vowels. PG syllable structure was too big for me to get langs with simple syllable structure anytime soon. Yeah, obviously don't feel any pressure to do the Gigxkpoyan languages differently. I really like what you have so far— your languages ar...
by smappy
08 Aug 2015 19:20
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

Vrkhazh is the first civilization to establish itself well enough to become an empire proper. Nearby mountains could seem to be abundant in raw materials like copper, tin and iron. There might be a small forest near the coast (> wood) and several rivers leading from the mountains in a Fertile Cresc...
by smappy
07 Aug 2015 10:25
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

Yes. To get that stress pattern, you could make it such that, given penultimate stress in Proto-Haxiakam, many final vowels elide, meaning that many words ending in consonants are accented finally. Then stress gets regularized so that all words ending in consonants are accented finally. I'm not sur...
by smappy
06 Aug 2015 19:04
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

Thanks Adarain! [<3]
by smappy
06 Aug 2015 17:04
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

I have to wonder but what is the area of each square in theoretical km? Assuming that Teles is the size of Earth. It depends on where the square is located. Since the length of each circle of latitude is different (i.e. the Arctic Circle is much smaller than the Equator), the length of each horizon...
by smappy
06 Aug 2015 12:30
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

seems that rivers are rewired...probably something should be re-written because of that? Well, here's a rewritten terrain map that makes more geological sense and doesn't change the rivers too much. I don't think we should change our historical records just yet. http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/l...
by smappy
03 Aug 2015 09:13
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

http://i.imgur.com/2zDdtsO.png We have a great plateau in Avesta of Teles which is comparable to the Tibetan Plateau of our world, as shown in the blue circle, what are the possible names of the plateau? you only need to give English translation of the names. http://i.imgur.com/DCS6lPM.png I want t...
by smappy
03 Aug 2015 08:54
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

Zempachi language(s), in my thought, is/are not related to the Handapachi language, the similarity between them is due to lexical borrowing (and might be the effect of a Sprachbund), besides, in my thought, the ancestor languages of Handapachi language had a PIE-like root structure, which may hint ...
by smappy
01 Aug 2015 13:07
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 772
Views: 113641

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

Also, in my thought, Ulitan Peoples never had unified identity, and in about 4000 BK, the Great Delta area were invaded by the dewellers of the Duckbay area, and both of the dewellers of the Great Delta area and the dewellers of the Duckbay area were Ulitan-speaking peoples, and some ulitan-speakin...