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by Vlürch
14 Oct 2019 12:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5791
Views: 1370440

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

Any suggestions? Maybe a capital N, so =Nru? I guess that could be mistaken for neuter gender or negation, but probably not. EDIT: Also a question: when deriving vocabulary from an IRL reconstructed proto-language, is it ok if some words remain identical after sound changes? Both of the two words i...
by Vlürch
13 Oct 2019 19:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Txabao language
Replies: 23
Views: 1197

Re: The Txabao language

I've marveled over the strange evolution of allophony in Japanese myself a number of times. I don't think any of it is that weird, although the weirdest imho is how in Old Japanese there were pairs of certain vowels with uncertain differences that merged completely at different times (and IIRC some...
by Vlürch
10 Oct 2019 16:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Romanization game #2
Replies: 174
Views: 12042

Re: Romanization game #2

/m n ɲ ŋ/ <m n ń ng> /p pʰ b t tʰ d t͡ʃ t͡ʃʰ d͡ʒ k kʰ g/ <p ph b t th d c ch j k kh g> /s z ʃ h ɦ/ <s z ś h ʻ> /t͡s/ <x> /w r l j/ <w r l y> /ɑ̀ ɛ̀ è ì ò ù/ <aq əq eq iq oq uq> /ɑ̄ ɛ̄ ē ī ō ū/ <a ə e i o u> /ɑ́ ɛ́ é í ó ú/ <av əv ev iv ov uv> /V̀F/ <VFq>, eg. /ɑ̀m/ <amq> /V̄F/ <VF>, eg. /ɑ̄m/ <am> /...
by Vlürch
08 Oct 2019 18:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911727

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

The Halkomelem schwa has a very wide range, both in terms of its conditional environments and also simply as free variation. Thanks! That's exactly what I wondered about existing, good to know that it's a real thing. [:)] The researcher published what contained a complaint at some point about the h...
by Vlürch
08 Oct 2019 04:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Updated Hiding Waters (née Feayran) Grammar
Replies: 7
Views: 410

Re: Updated Hiding Waters (née Feayran) Grammar

Seems like one weird language (in a good way, as weird things usually are)! [:)] I'll second what Creyditor said, that it'd be nice to know more about the phonology, especially since this stuff is totally unpronounceable to me, which is always fun, but then you already said you'll write more about i...
by Vlürch
08 Oct 2019 01:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911727

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

Reminder on board rules: Try to keep a calm, civil tone and stick to the facts, avoiding value judgements and sweeping generalizations, especially ones concerning other people's thoughts and motives, and especially when discussing inherently sensitive issues such as politics and (linguistic) minori...
by Vlürch
07 Oct 2019 03:52
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911727

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

What do you do if you need to talk to someone who doesn't know Finnish? Do you simply resort to English? Obviously. Most Finns don't speak Swedish, even in Helsinki, and most immigrants primarily learn Finnish; the immigrants who don't learn Finnish tend to speak English, so if both parties speak E...
by Vlürch
06 Oct 2019 22:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911727

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

That is, /y/ (and /Y/) should both be, if anything, more frontal than in Finnish. Of course, Finland Swedish is a different matter, but at least here in Helsinki, I can't really say I hear a difference between Swedish and Finnish vowel qualities - apart from /ʉ/, which doesn't exist in Finnish. And...
by Vlürch
06 Oct 2019 07:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5791
Views: 1370440

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

I have a couple of early conlang sketches and I'm wondering if posting them would be a good idea. So, people who have posted here about conlangs in very early stages of development - did it help you develop them? And would a lack of feedback discourage you? For me, having posting about them here as...
by Vlürch
05 Oct 2019 04:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Txabao language
Replies: 23
Views: 1197

Re: The Txabao language

even though you suggested it could do the [ç] thing like /ħ/. No, I didn't? [:S] All I said was that I thought /x/ could become [ç] before /i/ in Spanish, and that it turned out I was wrong. Even though [çi] is common, it at first added to the "kind of reminiscent of Spanish" vibe I got mostly from...
by Vlürch
03 Oct 2019 19:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Txabao language
Replies: 23
Views: 1197

Re: The Txabao language

I'll just keep /x/ as is, then. Hmm? Your first post says that /ħ/ is the one that becomes [ç] before /i/, not /x/? Was that a typo? Anyway, if you thought I was criticising your phonology or even saying that it's unnaturalistic just because Spanish doesn't do it, that wasn't what I meant at all! A...
by Vlürch
01 Oct 2019 11:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5791
Views: 1370440

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

would it be strange to have a vowel inventory wherein only some vowels can be long? No, that's perfectly fine I think. You could even argue that even in English the vowel inventory is like that; there's /ɪ/ and /iː/, /ʊ/ and /uː/, /æ/ and /ɑː/ and /ɒ/ and /ɔː/, but /e/, /o/ and /ə/ have no long cou...
by Vlürch
01 Oct 2019 02:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911727

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

Keep in mind the standard American English /u/ is already quite front, perhaps closer to [ʉ] than to [.u]. It's possible the Finns took in [ʉ] as /y/ here, no need for diphthongization (which Finnish has as ⟨iu⟩ [iu̯].) Yeah, especially since Finnish /y/ isn't actually a full-blown [y] but rather [...
by Vlürch
30 Sep 2019 12:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Txabao language
Replies: 23
Views: 1197

Re: The Txabao language

You're talking about the intervocalic voiced plosives, I assume. Yeah. I also thought that /x/ could be [ç] before /i/ at least sometimes for some speakers and maybe at least in some dialect, but after I was now unable to find anything about that being a thing with a quick google search, I think th...
by Vlürch
29 Sep 2019 19:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Txabao language
Replies: 23
Views: 1197

Re: The Txabao language

Seems cool so far. I really like the initial clusters, especially /xʃ/ because it's one of my favourite consonant clusters of all time (especially initially, even if I don't include it in most of my own conlangs), and the allophony rules are nicely reminiscent of Spanish. Are other vowels not reduce...
by Vlürch
29 Sep 2019 19:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Romanization game #2
Replies: 174
Views: 12042

Re: Romanization game #2

/m n ɲ ŋ/ <m n ń ǹ> /p b t d c~tʃ ɟ~dʒ k~q ɡ ʔ/ <p b t d ḱ ǵ k g q> /f v θ ð s z ʃ ʒ x ɣ~ʁ h/ <f v ś ź s z s̀ z̀ x ƍ h> /j w/ <j v> /ɾ~r/ <r> /l/ <l> /i u/ <i u> /ɪ ʊ/ <ẹ ụ> /e ə o/ <e ı o> /ɛ ɔ/ <ạ ọ> /a~ɑ/ <a> /uɪ/ <uy> /eɪ oɪ oʊ/ <ey oy ow> /aɪ aʊ/ <ay aw> /m n ɲ ŋ/ <m n ny ng> /p~ɸ t c~s k~h/ <p...
by Vlürch
29 Sep 2019 18:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 2793
Views: 697509

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Just a random phonology I came up with and thought I'd post since I doubt I'll do anything with it: /m n ŋ/ /p t k/ /pˀ tˀ kˀ/ /t͡s/ /s z/ /ʪ ʫ/ /ɸ β j x ɣ/ /h̪͆ ɦ̪͆/ /r/ /ə ɨ/ /á é í ó ú/ /à è ì ò ù/ /áː éː íː óː úː/ /àː èː ìː òː ùː/ With short vowels, tone is only contrastive on the penultimate sy...
by Vlürch
29 Sep 2019 15:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5791
Views: 1370440

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

As the Skaran Empire encompassed the home system's four habitable planets by conquering one of the others and reaching peace agreements with the other two, is it natural for the conquered planet's language to be completely excluded from the stellar language's formation? Considering we haven't yet h...
by Vlürch
26 Sep 2019 15:02
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911727

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

陽 (Mandarin: yáng, Cantonese: yeung4) is the side of a mountain that receives sunlight, and by extension it's the Sun, heat, light and the male principle. Ah, that mountain thing is really interesting, I had no idea. I knew it's the yang of yin and yang, of course, though, but somehow I never even ...
by Vlürch
26 Sep 2019 03:51
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911727

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

Does 小陽 mean "moon" in either Chinese or Japanese? I mean, it'd complement 太陽 and "little sun" seems like it could mean "moon"? Maybe I'm an idiot for thinking that, though... I tried to google but couldn't really find anything at all about what it actually means, only that it's a Japanese feminine ...