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by WeepingElf
20 Feb 2019 16:06
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. I have the idea (currently on the back burner) ...
by WeepingElf
19 Feb 2019 22:10
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, .....?

Apparently, Northwest Caucasian languages can be analyzed as having just two vowel phonemes , a higher and a lower one, but these at least have various allophones covering the vowel space, i.e. the high vowel is /i~ɨ~u/ and the low vowel is /ɛ~a~ɔ/ or something like that. This, however, requires pos...
by WeepingElf
19 Feb 2019 18:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14460
Views: 1175641

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

Two quick qs: 1. Is the following a reasonable sound change? (Excuse the lack of IPA precision - just looking for a general idea) hol + do -> honno I have seen weirder things; so I'd say it is possible. 2. Can anyone point me in the direction of articles dealing with the development of click phonem...
by WeepingElf
19 Feb 2019 18:38
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, .....?

Some linguists say that an early stage of PIE had only one vowel, but this is highly controversial (personally, I don't see much merit in this, though I can see how they get at that).
by WeepingElf
18 Feb 2019 18:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11282
Views: 901951

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I have decided to make a small but important change on my Old Albic script : the circle in the vowel letters will no longer be closed, but open at the top. That way, there is no closed loop anywhere in the script. This has the reason that I have found out that intra-fictionally, the letters were des...
by WeepingElf
16 Feb 2019 18:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Regional Differences in Vulgar Latin
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: Regional Differences in Vulgar Latin

Spelling errors often are hypercorrections - attempts to "restore" the standard orthography by dialect speakers which overshoot the aim. A famous example from German is Helmut Kohl's pronunciation of Geschichte 'history' as Gechichte . That's not the usual form in his dialect; in his dialect, the wo...
by WeepingElf
11 Feb 2019 20:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80334

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 WeepingElf
10 Feb 2019 19:38
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80334

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 wou...
by WeepingElf
09 Feb 2019 23:26
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 675
Views: 156180

Re: False cognates

Pabappa wrote:
09 Feb 2019 21:13
:rus: серебро "silver"
:esp: cérebro "brain"
These are false friends, not false cognates. False cognates are words which look as if they were related but are not. These two aren't related, but nobody would expect them to because their meanings are utterly different.
by WeepingElf
09 Feb 2019 15:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Silvish
Replies: 196
Views: 31700

Re: Silvish

I definitely like the first flag better. It's good. The second is outright bad. And I also like that coat-of-arms!
by WeepingElf
08 Feb 2019 18:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 829

Re: underused settings in world building

I have the impression that I am sailing into blue water with my two current fiction projects. I have never seen a setting in which Elves are just humans, and Atlantis was an ancient civilization (of the said Elves) in the British Isles. So I think the Elvenpath uses a setting which is previously un...
by WeepingElf
07 Feb 2019 22:58
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 829

Re: underused settings in world building

I have the impression that I am sailing into blue water with my two current fiction projects. I have never seen a setting in which Elves are just humans, and Atlantis was an ancient civilization (of the said Elves) in the British Isles. So I think the Elvenpath uses a setting which is previously un ...
by WeepingElf
02 Feb 2019 15:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Zhér·dûn
Replies: 16
Views: 591

Re: Zhér·dûn

This is an interesting conlang - a Germanic language that resembles an East Asian language! There probably is no plausible place where such a language could be spoken "in the real world", but as an experiment, it is nice.
by WeepingElf
01 Feb 2019 20:01
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 231
Views: 30150

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

As for Elves - my main conpeople are Elves, but then they really aren't. They are neither Tolkien nor D&D-style Elves, let alone Christmas elves, Harry Potter house-elves or fairies. They are perfectly ordinary humans . Huh? Why then call them "Elves"? Because I fancy them to have been the people wh...
by WeepingElf
28 Jan 2019 18:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11282
Views: 901951

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Work on the "new" Proto-Hesperic continues. Today: noun inflection.
by WeepingElf
27 Jan 2019 21:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Yiddish
Replies: 10
Views: 1294

Re: Yiddish

It has nothing to do with Slavic - exactly the same formation, once a perfect, is now the commonly used past tense in most varieties of colloquial German (I know what I am talking about as I am a native speaker of German). So the Yiddish periphrastic past is 100% German.
by WeepingElf
27 Jan 2019 16:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11282
Views: 901951

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I have begun to rework Proto-Hesperic from a sister to a daughter of PIE; the first step has been to add the sound changes to the grammar sketch.
by WeepingElf
26 Jan 2019 13:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14460
Views: 1175641

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

Random8k wrote:
25 Jan 2019 23:13
Is it possible for a conlang to have two methods of inflections used almost exclusively for that particular part of speech? Like say, agglutinative nouns, yet fusional verb forms?
Yes. Modern Armenian is pretty much like that. And, think about it, Spanish.
by WeepingElf
20 Jan 2019 22:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: An r-Turkic conlang in eastern Hungary/Transylvania?
Replies: 23
Views: 841

Re: An r-Turkic conlang in eastern Hungary/Transylvania?

Surely, this is an interesting lostlang idea!
by WeepingElf
19 Jan 2019 01:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Some Snippets from The World
Replies: 361
Views: 161120

Re: Some Snippets from The World

Yes, I mean the different colour schemes. The differences are not great, but noticeable.