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by MoonRightRomantic
20 Mar 2019 12:11
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Agglutination with infixes to consonant roots?
Replies: 2
Views: 1042

Agglutination with infixes to consonant roots?

An agglutinative language is one which has a strict 1:1 correspondence between phonograms (i.e. a string of one or more phonemes) and morphemes. Afroasiatic languages are characterized by inflection through prefixes, suffixes and infixes added to a “root” consisting of one or more consonants. It sta...
by MoonRightRomantic
20 Feb 2019 17:46
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How would one go about making a Slavic language?
Replies: 2
Views: 1399

Re: How would one go about making a Slavic language?

InterSlavic may be helpful in understanding the traits common to Slavic languages. http://steen.free.fr/interslavic/introduction.html
by MoonRightRomantic
09 Jan 2019 22:52
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What's it called when you break down a sentence morpheme by morpheme?
Replies: 4
Views: 1356

Re: What's it called when you break down a sentence morpheme by morpheme?

Not sure if this is really on topic, but I found a nonsense phrase that I want to make a conlang from and I was completely not sure how to gloss it.

“cristemopois diaosomia dibesi”

From https://lyricstranslate.com/en/malinda- ... yrics.html
by MoonRightRomantic
28 Nov 2018 15:14
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 146235

Re: English Orthography Reform

I doubt English speakers will accept diacritics any more than any other spelling reform. It might be easier if the diacritics don't change existing spelling, but it would still be unwieldy as English currently is, as shown by the Accented Reading Alphabet proposal . I find all this resistance to ref...
by MoonRightRomantic
27 Nov 2018 21:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 146235

Re: English Orthography Reform

I cannot recall any minimal pairs in English that distinguish syllabic versus non-syllabic liquids, so I doubt this will cause more confusion in comparison. I'm aware that there are two- and three-syllable pronunciations of "interest." Does anyone distinguish in speech between the financial and emo...
by MoonRightRomantic
16 Nov 2018 17:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 146235

Re: English Orthography Reform

Trying to account for accents and dialects isn't feasible. It makes more sense that English speakers would adopt Cut Spelling . The benefit of Cut Spelling, as the name implies, is that it focuses on cutting unnecessary letters so that the written language more closely reflects how it is spoken (lat...
by MoonRightRomantic
02 Nov 2018 15:44
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: alternate ways to say "tribal fantasy"
Replies: 24
Views: 181815

Re: alternate ways to say "tribal fantasy"

Stonepunk is an actual subgenre now, along with Bronzepunk and Plaguepunk. And Woodpunk, Ironpunk, Steelpunk, etc.
by MoonRightRomantic
19 Jul 2018 16:49
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to design your own script
Replies: 77
Views: 60069

Re: How to design your own script

I noticed that the guide did not explain that writing materials determine the appearance of a script . For example: cuneiform scripts impressed by reed styluses onto clay tablets, runiform scripts were carved onto stone or wood, and sinoform scripts were painted with a ink brush. Each of these metho...
by MoonRightRomantic
02 Jul 2018 21:35
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Triconsonantal roots: how?
Replies: 15
Views: 9452

Re: Triconsonantal roots: how?

What is reasoning behind the inflection of the first vowel in a root? I have not been able to find an explanation for the underlying logic. For example, katīb "writer" versus kitāb "book". Does CaCīC indicate an agent noun, CiCāC an inanimate object or past participle used as a noun?
by MoonRightRomantic
02 Jul 2018 14:53
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Triconsonantal roots: how?
Replies: 15
Views: 9452

Re: Triconsonantal roots: how?

For his work to be titled Vocalised Ancient Egyptian, the reconstructions don't look ancient enough to me. Upon further perusal, many look almost exactly like the Coptic, w/o any heed to sound change. If you can get your hands on Loprieno's book (electronic or papery), do so with all haste. That is...
by MoonRightRomantic
29 Jun 2018 22:41
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Triconsonantal roots: how?
Replies: 15
Views: 9452

Re: Triconsonantal roots: how?

Vartavan’s conclusions seem highly questionable.
by MoonRightRomantic
29 Jun 2018 14:32
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Triconsonantal roots: how?
Replies: 15
Views: 9452

Re: Triconsonantal roots: how?

Speaking of Ancient Egyptian, there do no seem to be any reliable online resources indicating how Ancient Egyptian inflected. I know that as an Afroasiatic language it inflected primarily by transfixing the vowels of poly-consonant roots, but all the grammar guides I found through google have no men...
by MoonRightRomantic
27 Jun 2018 01:21
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Triconsonantal roots: how?
Replies: 15
Views: 9452

Re: Triconsonantal roots: how?

I noticed that Old English has a lot of words which inflect by changing the vowel. I was thinking about developing an Old English based conlang with polyconsonantal roots which is written using entirely or mostly consonants. I would use runic as the basic script since it is supported in unicode. You...
by MoonRightRomantic
27 Nov 2017 15:13
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Help making sense of Protoss?
Replies: 4
Views: 1992

Re: Help making sense of Protoss?

Hey did this help at all? Sorry, I was away over thanksgiving. I wanted to make an update: it seems that I was wrong about the phrases being gibberish, since a number of them are repeated with English equivalents. On the wiki pages: http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/StarCraft_unit_quotations http://s...
by MoonRightRomantic
23 Nov 2017 02:01
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Help making sense of Protoss?
Replies: 4
Views: 1992

Help making sense of Protoss?

I am trying to make sense of the Protoss "language" in Starcraft. It's not actually a language, just a bunch random gibberish intended to sound cool. http://starcraft.wikia.com/wiki/Khalani https://khalani.wordpress.com http://khalani-language.blogspot.com/ https://www.reddit.com/r/starcraft/comment...
by MoonRightRomantic
27 Oct 2017 22:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Non-English Orthography Reform
Replies: 102
Views: 94137

Re: Non-English Orthography Reform

It's been a while since this topic was revisited, but I found a conscript called Hanyinwen that uses a similar scheme to the proposed Chinese spelling reform a couple posts above. Hanyinwen is written phonemically in syllable blocks similar to Hangul (like several of the neighboring Chinese conscrip...
by MoonRightRomantic
12 Oct 2017 15:33
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Classifying ambiguous writing systems
Replies: 31
Views: 7803

Re: Classifying ambiguous writing systems

I've been doing more research and my understanding has changed and grown immensely. According to page 59 of The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process , edited by Stephen D. Houston, the "alphasyllabary" (syllabic alphabet, alphabetic syllabary, abugida, abzuda, what have you) was in...
by MoonRightRomantic
11 Oct 2017 17:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: How does Dunging's Iban alphabet compare to romanization?
Replies: 7
Views: 2205

Re: How does Dunging's Iban alphabet compare to romanization

The only text I've found so far has " pantun iban lenyau surat " written as PA-AN-TA-UN E-BA-AN LA-NYA-AW SA-UW-RA-AT which suggests that a) the vowels represented is somewhat defective, b) each CV glyph has an inherent /a/, which c) is overridden by the vowel of any V or VC glyphs (I'm not 100%, t...
by MoonRightRomantic
10 Oct 2017 15:49
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: How does Dunging's Iban alphabet compare to romanization?
Replies: 7
Views: 2205

Re: How does Dunging's Iban alphabet compare to romanization

As for how the system works, it looks like an interesting combination of abugida and syllabary, though the result looks like it could have been based on Sinitic phonotactical theory. Basically each consonant initial has an implict vowel which is overridden by a following rhyme character. I think it...
by MoonRightRomantic
06 Oct 2017 00:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: How does Dunging's Iban alphabet compare to romanization?
Replies: 7
Views: 2205

How does Dunging's Iban alphabet compare to romanization?

I learned about the obscure Iban alphabet through omniglot. It is used to write Iban, a relative of Malay. I found a chart of the LaserIban font at http://archive.is/KXnaf, but I have no idea how it would transcribe compared to the Latin-based orthography. Does anyone here know?