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by WeepingElf
16 Jan 2020 18:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Proto-(Indo)-Mesopotamian (IE diachronic lang)
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: Proto-(Indo)-Mesopotamian (IE diachronic lang)

This all looks perfectly fine and reasonable, and 4000 BC is a more reasonable guess for Early PIE than Renfrew's 7000 BC, though I'd personally put it a bit later, perhaps 3500 BC (Late PIE may have been as late as about 3000 BC, as the great Yamnaya migrations apparently did not start earlier, and...
by WeepingElf
05 Jan 2020 21:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5934
Views: 1402510

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

Substratum theories are now pretty much out of fashion in Romance and Celtic linguistics. The dialectal divisions within Romance do not match the linguistic divisions in pre-Roman Western Europe well, and the phenomena the substratum theories sought to explain are in most instances simply not old e...
by WeepingElf
31 Dec 2019 17:16
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Idea about darker and edgier elves (scratchpad???)
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: Idea about darker and edgier elves (scratchpad???)

I like this. It's a quite original treatment of this concept that has fallen to clichés, brushing it against the stroke. You know, I have my own ideas about Elves, and while my Elves are also not really like Tolkienian or most post-Tolkienian Elves, they are very different - they are just a human et...
by WeepingElf
31 Dec 2019 17:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5934
Views: 1402510

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

Substratum theories are now pretty much out of fashion in Romance and Celtic linguistics. The dialectal divisions within Romance do not match the linguistic divisions in pre-Roman Western Europe well, and the phenomena the substratum theories sought to explain are in most instances simply not old en...
by WeepingElf
21 Nov 2019 17:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: YAHOO GROUP MESSAGES DOWNLOAD
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: YAHOO GROUP MESSAGES DOWNLOAD

But I am not able to download Auxlang and Conlang group messages. Do you know any alternative how to download these group messages ? You don't need to. AUXLANG and CONLANG were only mirrored at Yahoo!. Their real home is the Brown University Listserv, and there are archives there: CONLANG AUXLANG
by WeepingElf
15 Nov 2019 18:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: what brought you to conlanging?
Replies: 26
Views: 574

Re: what brought you to conlanging?

With me, it is that two currents met in my mind. First is a fascination with worldbuilding, which I have had since my childhood. Second is a fascination with language, which started when I leafed through my brother's Latin school grammar and saw all those wonderful paradigm, building on an even earl...
by WeepingElf
28 Jun 2019 14:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 694
Views: 186382

Re: False cognates

Japanese 治す(naosu) "to cure, to heal" v.s. English nurse just found this: Aymara malku "king" v.s. the word for "king" in Semitic languages e.g. Hebrew מֶלֶךְ‏ (mélekh) "king" and Arabic مَلِك (malik) "king" Yes, I once found this in a list of bogus etymologies adduced as evidence for Atlantis. Ano...
by WeepingElf
22 Jun 2019 00:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Have you created any idioms in your conlangs? What are some examples?
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: Have you created any idioms in your conlangs? What are some examples?

I have several ideas for idioms in Old Albic, though I so far only know their literal translations, as the Old Albic lexicon is in an utter mess that needs to be cleared up. Here are two examples: "To celebrate the wedding without the bridepeople" - to neglect the most important point "As X as the S...
by WeepingElf
20 Jun 2019 18:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 694
Views: 186382

Re: False cognates

just found this: Aymara malku "king" v.s. the word for "king" in Semitic languages e.g. Hebrew מֶלֶךְ‏ (mélekh) "king" and Arabic مَلِك (malik) "king" Yes, I once found this in a list of bogus etymologies adduced as evidence for Atlantis. Another example is Nahuatl teotl 'god' vs. Latin deus and Gr...
by WeepingElf
13 Jun 2019 17:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Great Ahu Empire (Ια Αηυ Βαια) Conlang Scratchpad
Replies: 25
Views: 3237

Re: Great Agwu Empire (Ἁ Αζϝυ Βάϝα) Conlang Scratchpad

Are the sound changes below plausible? [f → ʘ] [v → ʘ̬] {mf nf mv nv → ʘ̃} [fʷ → ʘ͡q] [vʷ → ʘ͡ɢ] I don't think so - why should fricatives become clicks? But then, nobody really knows what clicks emerge from, which opens up a lot of speculation. My personal favourite is an origin from doubly articul...
by WeepingElf
05 Jun 2019 16:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Chébǒtlląñ
Replies: 9
Views: 558

Re: Chébǒtlląñ

I like this, an interesting phonology, and it has clicks, which concurs with my opinion that before the Bantu expansion, many if not most languages of Africa south of the Equator probably had them. But please tell us what the capital letters in your morphology examples stand for.
by WeepingElf
02 Jun 2019 22:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5934
Views: 1402510

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

I'd choose option 3.
by WeepingElf
31 May 2019 16:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4450
Views: 931269

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

IMHO the evidence in favour of *h4 is so flimsy that positing such an entity makes more problems than sense.
by WeepingElf
17 May 2019 21:46
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: XKCD 2149:_Alternate_Histories is funny & especially for Conworlders!
Replies: 10
Views: 2229

Re: XKCD 2149:_Alternate_Histories is funny & especially for Conworlders!

I lost interest in alternative histories when I realized that most of those only serve to make a right-wing political point by making a lost cause desired by the author (such as racial purity) triumphant or by excising a successful cause despised by the author (such as the welfare state) from history.
by WeepingElf
11 May 2019 16:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Should Romanisations be "Necessary"?
Replies: 23
Views: 1562

Re: Should Romanisations be "Necessary"?

@Shemtov: There are good reasons not to use IPA for (conlangs that represent) reconstructed proto-languages - usually, the phonetic values of the phonemes in such languages are not known well (see, for instance, the ongoing discussion of the PIE laryngeals), so any IPA rendition would be overspecifi...
by WeepingElf
10 May 2019 23:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Should Romanisations be "Necessary"?
Replies: 23
Views: 1562

Re: Should Romanisations be "Necessary"?

Romanizations are more convenient, to casual readers at least, but also when it comes to typing them, using them in a HTML presentation etc., than conscripts. It is also better to use a romanization customized to the language (or language group; it often makes sense to use the same conventions for s...
by WeepingElf
10 May 2019 23:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5934
Views: 1402510

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

It at least appears to have been that way in (Late) Proto-Indo-European: stative verbs ("perfects") are a third category besides imperfective ("present") and perfective ("aorist") verbs. Thanks for the answer! So in that system, how do you describe a state that's in the past and no longer true? Als...
by WeepingElf
09 May 2019 18:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5934
Views: 1402510

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

It at least appears to have been that way in (Late) Proto-Indo-European: stative verbs ("perfects") are a third category besides imperfective ("present") and perfective ("aorist") verbs.
by WeepingElf
29 Apr 2019 16:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 102
Views: 48386

Re: Surprising cognates

Well, 'oil' has undergone the same kind of shift in English.
by WeepingElf
17 Apr 2019 18:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Bodus and the Bodusians
Replies: 19
Views: 4307

Re: Bodus and the Bodusians

One nitpick: Habitable planets don't have icy moons, because ice evaporates at a very low temperature in vacuum. If the planet is warm enough to be habitable, its moons are too warm for ice to subsist on their surface. Wow, really? This guide mentions icy moons, so I assumed they were possible on a...