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by WeepingElf
17 Apr 2019 17:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Bodus and the Bodusians
Replies: 14
Views: 343

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...
by WeepingElf
16 Apr 2019 15:52
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Bodus and the Bodusians
Replies: 14
Views: 343

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...
by WeepingElf
14 Apr 2019 12:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14604
Views: 1214175

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

Okay. Thanks, guys. I'm shifting it to a more setting-correct language because the Nagaji, the speakers I was referring to, aren't anthro snakes. Rather, they were once human and, thus, can produce every sound we can. However, I still love the idea of only voiceless consonants being native to the l...
by WeepingElf
09 Apr 2019 14:49
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Vega Uniwarsum
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Re: Vega Uniwarsum

Vega Uniwesum This is the world from my novel. The main planet is Vega circling around Proxima centauri. The day lasts 28 hours and 365 days of these days. This doesn't make sense. Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf, so a habitable planet would have to be much closer to it than Earth, with the year be...
by WeepingElf
07 Apr 2019 19:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 728
Views: 134375

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

I don't know if this has already been posted, but:

:deu: wer 'who'
:deu: wo 'where'
by WeepingElf
07 Apr 2019 19:55
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Bodus and the Bodusians
Replies: 14
Views: 343

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.
by WeepingElf
27 Mar 2019 22:52
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?

I can't remember seeing a penguin conlang, but googling for "penguin conlang" throws up this old Reddit thread in which penguin phonology was discussed. But my proposal to use sapient penguins rather than humans was not very serious. Certainly, a sapient penguin species is a MUCH bigger stretch, rea...
by WeepingElf
25 Mar 2019 21:44
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?

You could of course flout realism completely and invent a species of sapient penguins, whose language would obviously be unrelated to any human language ;)
by WeepingElf
11 Mar 2019 18:34
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?

In that case, you need not worry about any of the things discussed here. But frankly, there are reasons why Antarctica has no native people - the environment is just too harsh for people without modern technology to thrive, it seems.
by WeepingElf
10 Mar 2019 21:17
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?

Of course, it is a long way from the Antarctic Peninsula, where people from southernmost South America would end up (and AFAIK Brad Coon placed his Feorran language), to Victoria Land, where that legendary Maori sailor probably arrived - in fact, they are almost diametrically opposed.
by WeepingElf
10 Mar 2019 17:12
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?

Maori would work; they apparently got there, but for understandable reasons did not stay. I have heard of a Maori tale about a sailor venturing south and finding a frozen wasteland.
by WeepingElf
09 Mar 2019 23:14
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?

Yes - your Antarcticans probably arrived from the southern tip of South America, so one may expect their languages to be related to languages spoken there. If you can find documentation of those, that is. BTW, a guy named Brad Coon has already constructed an Antarctican conlang , but that should not...
by WeepingElf
21 Feb 2019 23:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?
Replies: 18
Views: 538

Re: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?

Sounds as if I have heard of that, too, but can't give any pointer.
by WeepingElf
20 Feb 2019 16:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?
Replies: 18
Views: 538

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: 18
Views: 538

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: 14604
Views: 1214175

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: 18
Views: 538

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: 11347
Views: 927111

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: 8
Views: 379

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: 83195

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...