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by kaleissin
28 Sep 2016 23:00
Forum: Translations
Topic: Complementiser vs relativiser
Replies: 41
Views: 15504

Re: Complementiser vs relativiser

:eng: (1) I know that Jack built the house. (2) I know that that's the house that Jack built. Here's a different way: Substituting "hold" for build (gap in the lexicon) and "cup" for house (because holding a house seems a bit nonsensical...): :con: Taruven (1) vyššah Džakan senra fōaþ. /ˈvyʃːɑh ˈdž...
by kaleissin
29 Jun 2015 13:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What have you been reading lately? (linguistic ed.)
Replies: 44
Views: 53284

Re: What have you been reading lately?

Basic Linguistic Theory by RMW Dixon (the first two were on sale so I picked up all three). Whoa is chapter 3 (overview of everything to come), book I loong, but now I'm done. Chapter 3 was so long I read chapter 8, "Lexicon" in between sub-chapters. In it, he says (examples made up): 1. Avoid circu...
by kaleissin
21 May 2015 12:26
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Names
Replies: 36
Views: 6074

Re: Names

What does your conlangs do with foreign names? Taruven attempts to preserve as much of the pronuciation as possible but also forces given names into confirming to a template. So: Mary, Maria etc. > Maran Susan -> Sosan Matthew -> Meþun Aleksander -> Lesan, Kisan, Saner Elisabeth -> Lisab, Sabeþ, Bet...
by kaleissin
17 May 2015 18:23
Forum: Translations
Topic: "Give" problems
Replies: 9
Views: 2439

Re: "Give" problems

I've substitued "cup" for "fruit", dunno any word for fruit (yet). You're not specifying whether you without singular is singular or plural so I'll assume singular throughout. There's a TAM suffix-complex on the verbs but they're restricted in use, and unsuitable for a situation such as this. rī giv...
by kaleissin
17 May 2015 13:16
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Names
Replies: 36
Views: 6074

Re: Names

There are several naming traditions in my conmultiverse, but the first/given/personal name is usually made in the same way. It's not meant to mean anything (that woud be unlucky), so it is generated with an algorithm: CVCVC, where one of the syllables may be long, and if long, the V may be a diphtho...
by kaleissin
16 May 2015 23:46
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Immortality in a conworld
Replies: 20
Views: 11966

Re: Immortality in a conworld

In my conmultiverse, there are multiple species of varying lifespans: short-lived, long-lived, ageless (immorbid) and immortal. You're long-lived if you can expect to experience your thousandth birthday. The immortals are of the respawn-variety, and most of them do consider it a bit of a curse. Ther...
by kaleissin
16 May 2015 23:11
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Immortality in a conworld
Replies: 20
Views: 11966

Re: Immortality in a conworld

I suspect that your people would, despite their great longevity, still mature as rapidly as they are biologically able, and would probably learn all they needed to know of their languages within the first decade or so. We don't learn language that quickly even. IIRC the last finicky details aren't ...
by kaleissin
16 May 2015 22:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CALS vs WALS: A Comparison
Replies: 23
Views: 11160

Re: CALS vs WALS: A Comparison

Hi, I'm PTSnoop. You may vaguely remember me from the previous CALS vs WALS thread almost two years ago. I originally set out to do a statistical comparison of the conlangs on CALS and the natlangs on WALS, to see what intriguing features of natural languages we conlangers tend to pay more/less att...