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by WeepingElf
03 Dec 2018 17:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14312
Views: 1078512

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

How realistic is it that my conlang marks animate and inanimate nouns differently? In animate nouns, A is ergative and O/S are absolutive. In inanimate nouns, A/S are absolutive and O is ergative. You have it backwards. The usual pattern is: Animate - A/S nominative, O accusative Inanimate - A erga...
by WeepingElf
25 Nov 2018 19:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 667
Views: 135575

Re: False cognates

Sumerian 𒋗 šu “hand” :chn: 手 shǒu “hand” The last two are even graphically sort of similar - a vertical line with several horizontal lines. Which is of course because both started as a drawing of a hand. Such resemblances are common in logographic scripts. Oh yeah, I guess you're right. I'm not sur...
by WeepingElf
25 Nov 2018 15:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 667
Views: 135575

Re: False cognates

GrandPiano wrote:
25 Nov 2018 14:43
Sumerian 𒋗 šu “hand”
:chn: 手 shǒu “hand”

The last two are even graphically sort of similar - a vertical line with several horizontal lines.
Which is of course because both started as a drawing of a hand. Such resemblances are common in logographic scripts.
by WeepingElf
21 Nov 2018 19:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Tamnafai
Replies: 3
Views: 745

Re: Tamnafai

This looks very interesting - an agglutinating Sinitic language! I don't know how realistic this is, but certainly, this can be great fun!
by WeepingElf
18 Nov 2018 21:31
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 737
Views: 183077

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

Antarctica was part of Gondwanaland, but it eventually became too cold for ants to thrive, I think.
by WeepingElf
24 Oct 2018 17:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14312
Views: 1078512

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

One way of collaborative conlanging that IMHO works quite well is this: starting with a common proto-language, each member develops his own language diachronically, where there can be further rounds where these languages are used as starting points for further diachronic development. There's a whole...
by WeepingElf
23 Oct 2018 17:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14312
Views: 1078512

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

One reason for the early death of many collaborative conlangs may be that they are side projects to those who are working on them, and thus quickly lose momentum as the participants focus on their main projects: when they find that they have spread themselves too thinly over too many projects, they ...
by WeepingElf
10 Oct 2018 20:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Words to mean Friend
Replies: 29
Views: 5365

Re: Words to mean Friend

Iyionaku wrote:
10 Oct 2018 10:04
朋 is a pictogramm of a bird that used to be pronounced identically to the word of friend, according to wiktionary.
Why does that bird look like two moons?
by WeepingElf
10 Oct 2018 14:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Words to mean Friend
Replies: 29
Views: 5365

Re: Words to mean Friend

The Old Albic word for 'friend', valara, is a derivative of vala 'heart'.
by WeepingElf
08 Oct 2018 19:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2876
Views: 246145

Re: Yay or Nay?

Since pː → pʰ is attested, how likely is the opposite pʰ → pː in an intervocalic environment? Both [pʰ] and [pː] could be viewed as fortis realizations of [p]. Yea or Nay on making them interchangeable intervocalically such that: p pʰ → f p \ V_V I'd say nay: [pʰ] is more likely to become [f] than ...
by WeepingElf
07 Oct 2018 16:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14312
Views: 1078512

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

Old High German used <z> to represent the laminal /s/ derived from PG. *t, while using <s> to represent the apical /s̺/ derived from PG. *s, which later becomes /ʃ/ in word-initial consonant clusters. That could be used as a precedent for writing /s/, /ʃ/ as <z>, <s>, if your orthography was establ...
by WeepingElf
24 Sep 2018 19:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 667
Views: 135575

Re: False cognates

:eng: Earth (and :deu: Erde) - :ara: أَرْض 'ard "earth" I'm sure this one has been brought up many times before, but I just read it in a book about Arab history and that's just weird. I mean, how can they not be related? One has to wonder... There are speculations that this could be a Neolithic Wan...
by WeepingElf
22 Sep 2018 22:53
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 737
Views: 183077

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

my moths prefer to wear silk from other races than their own. they find it rude to wear your slik. Which makes perfect sense. Who wears shoes made of human leather? And it's not as if anyone puts another person's hair on their head … Wait. But seriously, aren't human-hair wigs a better analog for s...
by WeepingElf
22 Sep 2018 17:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 737
Views: 183077

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

fruityloops wrote:
18 Sep 2018 22:17
my moths prefer to wear silk from other races than their own. they find it rude to wear your slik.
Which makes perfect sense. Who wears shoes made of human leather?
by WeepingElf
07 Sep 2018 19:44
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?
Replies: 74
Views: 29299

Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Non-human conpeople will come into play when I'll get to develop the Trellis, a space opera universe that will be set several centuries after the Global Spring, which I am already collecting ideas for. The Trellis will feature various non-humanoid alien intelligent life forms.
by WeepingElf
07 Sep 2018 19:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11206
Views: 839081

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Why is "continents" in quotes? Are these really just large islands, subcontinents or continent-sized political units?
by WeepingElf
06 Sep 2018 21:58
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?
Replies: 74
Views: 29299

Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Perhaps dwarves and fairies are the same species, with an extreme sexual dimorphism - the dwarves are the males and the fairies the females. (I think this idea is not new. I can't give a reference, but I am pretty sure that I have seen it in some book about European folklore.)
by WeepingElf
04 Sep 2018 18:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 713
Views: 115890

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

shimobaatar wrote:
04 Sep 2018 12:19
Zé do Rock wrote:
04 Sep 2018 08:42
'Nichts' doesnt have /x/, it has /ç/.
Isn't [ç] an allophone of /x/?
It is. The rule is not "no /x/ within a word" but "no /x/ in syllable onsets".
by WeepingElf
04 Sep 2018 18:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 713
Views: 115890

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Salmoneus wrote:
04 Sep 2018 00:20
Someone's probably mentioned this already, but Old English (Geman Kuh, etc), vs Old Irish (and modern Irish for that matter) .
Not everybody here knows that the former means 'cow' and the latter 'dog'.
by WeepingElf
03 Sep 2018 19:41
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?
Replies: 50
Views: 14478

Re: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?

Let me add that my conworlds serve to tell stories. I am currently working on two of them. One is the near future history "Global Spring" (named after the planned novel), which is turning around the transformation of our society into a free, peaceful, prosperous and ecologically sustainable world so...