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by LinguoFranco
29 Jan 2020 18:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5964
Views: 1413665

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

Okay, I hit a roadblock with my conlang because of vocabulary generation. I found out that many of my words tend to have a one on one correspondence with English, with the exception of a few words.

What are some tips for avoiding this while generating vocabulary?
by LinguoFranco
28 Dec 2019 19:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 2813
Views: 720237

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Looks very okay, it's basically a standard 5 vowel system plus back rounded vowels. I think some phonologists would use the IPA symbols for centrals vowels instead, but that does not really make a difference, I guess. Thanks! My concern was with having the back vowels outnumbering the front vowels,...
by LinguoFranco
28 Dec 2019 15:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 2813
Views: 720237

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Here's a vowel system I've been using and I want thoughts about its naturalism and balance. I actually kinda like the system.

/i ɯ u/
/e ɤ o/
/a/
by LinguoFranco
26 Dec 2019 00:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 888
Views: 162633

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

Given Kazumbe's syllable structure (CGVC) being the most complex, I think a syllabary might work best, but I've also been toying with an abugida or a logographic system like in Chinese. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no skills in designing a conscript as I can never seem to get the aesthetic quite...
by LinguoFranco
25 Dec 2019 23:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Kazumbe Language
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: The Kazumbe Language

In a direct-inverse system, only going by animacy May not be enough. First thing you need to consider is speech act participants: either 1st or 2nd person would count as more salient than the other, and both usually count as more salient than any 3rd person. In 3rd person, you also need some strate...
by LinguoFranco
24 Dec 2019 17:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Kazumbe Language
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: The Kazumbe Language

yangfiretiger121 wrote:
24 Dec 2019 17:45
I realize you only have two affricates, but it's awkward for me to see them grouped with plosives. Otherwise, it looks good.
I often see them group with plosives in other phoneme charts, so I did, too.
by LinguoFranco
24 Dec 2019 16:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Kazumbe Language
Replies: 6
Views: 185

The Kazumbe Language

I finally have enough to present Kazumbe! It is a language spoken by a an Iron Age people who are also called Kazumbe who rely on fishing and seafaring. It has an agglutinative morphology and a direct-inverse alignment. The default word order is SOV. It's still very much a work in progress, but I th...
by LinguoFranco
04 Dec 2019 17:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5964
Views: 1413665

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

How do prenasalized consonants arise in a language?

I have a theory that it is through vowel reduction, so that /miba/ becomes /məba/ and later /mba/ and then /ᵐba/. Is this how it occurs or are there other ways?
by LinguoFranco
30 Nov 2019 03:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6679
Views: 1083125

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I managed to get beyond the phonemic inventory and into word generation (finally.)
by LinguoFranco
30 Nov 2019 03:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Miscellaneous fun facts about your conlang to share and know
Replies: 35
Views: 1036

Re: Miscellaneous fun facts about your conlang to share and know

Pekaw (placeholder name) has prenasalized stops, which I haven't seen in too many conlangs (although I don't peruse other people's phonemic inventories often, beyond this site. It also has a collective/singulative number, with some nouns being unmarked when there is more than one of that noun, and a...
by LinguoFranco
12 Nov 2019 02:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: what brought you to conlanging?
Replies: 26
Views: 644

Re: what brought you to conlanging?

I like worldbuilding and decided to create a language for the main country of my world, and ended up discovering the conlanging rabbit hole.
by LinguoFranco
04 Nov 2019 00:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6679
Views: 1083125

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Well, I finally made some progress on Orundi (night have to change the name since I now realize that it is incompatible with my phonology). I've settled on using the direct-inverse alignment. As for allophony, /h/ becomes /ç/ when palatalized and when it occurs before a high vowel such as /i/ or /u/...
by LinguoFranco
11 Oct 2019 03:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Orundi Scratchpad
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: Orundi Scratchpad

Looks good! And yay, prenasalized stops and palatals :) Do you have some example words to show the feel of the language? I don't have a whole lot, but I'll post some examples of what I do have. wa.ⁿde /ⁿde- 1st person t͡ʃo- 2nd person na- proximal demonstrative ᵑɡo- medial demonstrative ᵐbe- distal...
by LinguoFranco
10 Oct 2019 19:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Orundi Scratchpad
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Orundi Scratchpad

Orundi is my main conlanging project currently, and I think I'll keep some notes here and develop it as I go along. I don't have much about its background other than it is spoken by a mountainous culture. /m n ɲ ŋ/ /p t t͡ʃ c k/ /ᵐb ⁿd ⁿd͡ʒ ᶮɟ ᵑɡ/ /s ʃ ɬ h/ /z ɮ/ /l r ʎ j w/ /i u/ /e o/ /a/ The syll...
by LinguoFranco
03 Oct 2019 02:39
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 1214
Views: 301062

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

I've been listening to a lot of trance and progressive house, but I think I'm starting to get tired of the genre and listen to something else.
by LinguoFranco
01 Oct 2019 17:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5964
Views: 1413665

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? My inventory is as follows: SHORT i y u e ø o a LONG iː uː aː DIPHTH ai au ay I don't think that is unnaturalistic, but I could be wrong. I think I've seen something like that, but based on the position of the stres...
by LinguoFranco
30 Sep 2019 18:11
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1136
Views: 391639

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

Would a humanoid race that has tails make things inconvenient, like sitting or wearing pants? What are some ways to get around this? I'm talking about anthropomorphic animals, of course. Dogs have tails, and sit. Some horses and donkeys and mules sometimes sit, I think, though not often. Cats sit a...
by LinguoFranco
13 Sep 2019 18:58
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1136
Views: 391639

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

Would a humanoid race that has tails make things inconvenient, like sitting or wearing pants? What are some ways to get around this? I'm talking about anthropomorphic animals, of course. Dogs have tails, and sit. Some horses and donkeys and mules sometimes sit, I think, though not often. Cats sit a...
by LinguoFranco
07 Sep 2019 21:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Chandayo
Replies: 0
Views: 476

Chandayo

This is an old language I dug up and is semi-abandoned. I plan to revisit it soon and tweak some of it since I have another project with a similar phonology that was loosely based on this one. Chandayo is a language spoken by a race of people (also called Chandayo) who live along a mountain range. I...
by LinguoFranco
03 Sep 2019 16:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5964
Views: 1413665

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

So my current project has palatal consonants as distinct phonemes, but I'm wondering if I should or need to have the be separate and distinct phonemes rather than just as allophones of non-palatal phonemes? For example, I have /nd͡ʒ/ (the /n/ is supposed to indicate that it is prenasalized) and is j...