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by Adarain
09 Feb 2018 17:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: One hour challenge - Da Vinci Quote
Replies: 2
Views: 664

One hour challenge - Da Vinci Quote

I ran this challenge on a conlanging chat, but I figured maybe some people here wanted in on the fun. The challenge is this: Within one hour, create a conlang sketch sufficient to translate the following text idiomatically: Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes ...
by Adarain
07 Feb 2018 00:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911608

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

If you/whoever divide(s) it into 3 groups like that, then it depends on your/the author's definition. For example, trigger systems are definitely syntactic-based marking based on the usual morphosyntactic alignment categories, but your definition/explanation above seems to exclude it within any cat...
by Adarain
06 Feb 2018 21:26
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911608

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

I myself don't see the particular distinction you make as being of any use. It appears to be circular and not lending itself into anything meaningful. It doesn’t come from me, the syntactic vs semantic based marking (which I don’t see any circularity in) comes from Dixon, he has an entire chapter a...
by Adarain
06 Feb 2018 17:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911608

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

So there’s syntactic based marking like good old nom/acc and erg/abs and the likes, where some NPs are cast to S/A/P which then receive case marking as appropriate. There’s semantic based marking, where this intermediate step is skipped and nouns are marked based on their semantic roles (agent, pat...
by Adarain
06 Feb 2018 12:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911608

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

So there’s syntactic based marking like good old nom/acc and erg/abs and the likes, where some NPs are cast to S/A/P which then receive case marking as appropriate. There’s semantic based marking, where this intermediate step is skipped and nouns are marked based on their semantic roles (agent, pati...
by Adarain
04 Feb 2018 21:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Sprachbund Theory
Replies: 10
Views: 3236

Re: Sprachbund Theory

Shemtov wrote:
04 Feb 2018 21:33
PU's contact with PT
Wasn’t Proto-Turkic spoken on the other side of Asia though?
by Adarain
04 Feb 2018 19:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak
Replies: 4
Views: 1061

Re: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak

Next up: derivational morphology. I lied. I can’t really think of a way to make an interesting forum post on derivational morphology anyway, and I’ve kinda figured out what I wanted to in the meantime. However, another thing has come to mind that needs some working on, and that is the writing syste...
by Adarain
01 Feb 2018 16:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 30
Views: 31824

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

Ahzoh wrote:
31 Jan 2018 07:34
Regarding Japanese, I love it […]
Regarding Chinese, I hate alveolo-palatals.
Very curious this, considering the Japanese sh-, j- and ch- series are alveolo-palatal.
by Adarain
30 Jan 2018 15:47
Forum: Translations
Topic: each other
Replies: 15
Views: 7810

Re: each other

I’ll take this separate set of sentences instead to show the differences: :eng: English The children talked to them. The children talked to themselves. The children talked to each other. :che: Swiss German A different group is referred to by the normal third person plural pronoun. The “emphatic” pro...
by Adarain
29 Jan 2018 17:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6639
Views: 1048235

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Picking up the mess that is my conlang after a few months hiatus. Put all my lexicon into a Dictionary made in LaTex, surprisingly easy, once you know how to do it that is. https://i.imgur.com/nE85JT3.png I would really suggest you fiddle with those paragraphs a bit. Making the par-indent go away w...
by Adarain
22 Jan 2018 23:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 30
Views: 31824

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

I find Pirahã to sound utterly repetitive (not surprising with the tiny phonological inventory, but even then seemingly every second syllable has /ai/ as the nucleus. Never liked the sound of Spanish very much, can't really pinpoint why. And while I love me some clicks I've yet to find a recording o...
by Adarain
20 Jan 2018 12:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6639
Views: 1048235

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Picking up the mess that is my conlang after a few months hiatus. Put all my lexicon into a Dictionary made in LaTex, surprisingly easy, once you know how to do it that is. https://i.imgur.com/nE85JT3.png I would really suggest you fiddle with those paragraphs a bit. Making the par-indent go away w...
by Adarain
19 Jan 2018 15:49
Forum: Translations
Topic: Wants and needs
Replies: 20
Views: 12682

Re: Wants and needs

:che: Swiss German

I brucha Geld.
[i 'pɾuːxɐ 'g̊ɛlt]
1s need-1s money
“I need money”

I wett Geld ha.
[i 'ʋetː 'g̊ɛlt haː]
1s want.1s money have.INF
“I want to have money”

Miar fehlt’s an Geld.
[mɪɐɾ fɛːlts ɐn 'g̊ɛlt]
1s.DAT lack.3s-3sn at money
“I lack money”
by Adarain
13 Jan 2018 10:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 2793
Views: 697411

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

DesEsseintes wrote:
12 Jan 2018 14:31
/m n/
/t k ʔ/
/h/
/r w/

/a i/

Circumflexes should feature somehow.
Obviously /k ʔ/ ⟨k k̂⟩ ← that’s a combining diacritic, this forum’s font is bad.
by Adarain
12 Jan 2018 20:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak
Replies: 4
Views: 1061

Re: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak

I really like your way of presentation.I have a question though. What is the pragmatic effect of your antipassive? Is it used for indefinite objects and things like that? This might have a bearing on your problem, IINM. Its main use is simply to feed the pivot, or to allow omission of the direct ob...
by Adarain
12 Jan 2018 18:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak
Replies: 4
Views: 1061

Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak

Yes, I know I have a thread somewhere on here that already has some Mesak stuff in it. But iirc it also has things on Naksult’ and UPK in there, which no longer are part of the same conworld, and it’s such an old thread that it’s probably full of misinformation anyway. So I’m just making a new one. ...
by Adarain
11 Jan 2018 17:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?
Replies: 36
Views: 8602

Re: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?

I used to have that problem; now I kinda have the opposite where I never feel like working on new stuff (even though it would be interesting) and would rather just go back and add details to Mesak and its world.
by Adarain
11 Jan 2018 11:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 310733

Re: Yay or Nay?

1) Marked absolutive is extremely rare to the point where it was for a long time believed to be virtually impossible. It doesn’t seem to bring with it any advantages either. Also bear in mind that there is a difference between a true marked absolutive (which makes ergative the default case and there...
by Adarain
10 Jan 2018 14:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 101
Views: 45659

Re: Surprising cognates

:che: kheia “to fall” as well as :lux: geheien “to throw” are cognate with :nld: huwen “to marry”, from *hīwijaną “to marry”. No cognate in Standard German that I am aware of, and the English cognates have also fallen out of use. This comes from a sequence of pretty wild semantic shifts that can be ...
by Adarain
15 Sep 2017 16:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 310733

Re: Yay or Nay?

Alright, I have a somewhat difficult decision to make: I feel the need to change a feature of Mesak that has been established since essentially day 1. As such I would like to ask for some feedback. Right now, Mesak’s ergative case is directly derived from the absolutive case via a possessive constru...