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by holbuzvala
19 Feb 2019 14:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
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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

2. Can anyone point me in the direction of articles dealing with the development of click phonemes? Clickogenesis?
by holbuzvala
29 Jan 2019 16:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

Sweet. Next question, just to make sure I've got the idea of an applicative right (as I understand it, it's something that raises an oblique argument to a patient role). Let's assume that for more-than-two argument verbs, the higher something rests in the animacy hierarchy, the more likely it is to ...
by holbuzvala
28 Jan 2019 14:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

Quick question: Let's suppose my lang has polypersonal verbal affixes. There is also a split ergativity in that animate nouns are nom-acc, and inanimates are erg-abs. Would is be naturalistic (and if not, fun and reasonable) to have the verbal affixes corresponding to animates arguments be prefixes,...
by holbuzvala
18 Jan 2019 15:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1665
Views: 325659

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

I have an idea, but it might be bullshit, in part because it’s original with me as far as I know. In the Northern hemisphere moss grows more on the north sides of trees; because that side is shadier, hence moister. (According to http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=629 ). So if a writer start...
by holbuzvala
18 Jan 2019 15:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

@Shemtov Not sure if I've understood your question correctly (especially about "activators"), but there is a neat system in amman iar which you can look at here under the heading 'A System to be Reckoned With': https://dedalvs.com/smileys/2010.html It uses affixes, and you could adapt the system so ...
by holbuzvala
17 Jan 2019 18:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

Don’t reconstructed languages, count as constructed languages? My gut answer is no, because reconstructed languages are attempting to recreate something that (theoretically) once was, like PIE, with whatever accuracy. Meanwhile, conlangs, even those very closely based on real langs or real language...
by holbuzvala
17 Jan 2019 17:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1665
Views: 325659

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

All good points. I had heard of an experiment where people were given three images (an apple, an apple with a bite taken out of it, and an apple core) and asked to put them in order. For speakers of languages with left-right orthographies (most of europe), they aranged them apple leftmost to core ri...
by holbuzvala
16 Jan 2019 16:02
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1665
Views: 325659

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

Do you think a culture that has its perception of time rising upwards would employ an upwards-read script?
by holbuzvala
12 Jan 2019 20:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

A question on tones influencing other tones. Firstly, can tones affect each other 'leftwards' and 'rightwards'? e.g. (h=high tone syllable; m=mid tone syllable; l=low tone syllable; hyphens show which syllables are in a word) 1. h-h + l -> h-h-m (rightwards influence) 2. h-h + l -> h-m-l (leftwards ...
by holbuzvala
03 Jan 2019 21:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: 8th LCC Conference
Replies: 1
Views: 102

8th LCC Conference

Anyone going to the 8th Language Creation Conference in June?

Or better yet, anyone going AND planning to give a talk? If so, on what?
by holbuzvala
14 Dec 2018 22:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

@ CarsonDaConlanger For glossing rules, check out the Leipzig rules here https://www.eva.mpg.de/lingua/resources/glossing-rules.php or here https://cbb.aveneca.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1792 In general, you parse things word-by-word (and leave out words where words are left out) so I would gloss your ...
by holbuzvala
01 Nov 2018 12:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

Noun Incorporation into Verb Complexes: Cases Maintained? So my conlang features some noun incorporation into verb complexes. It also features some case-marking. If a given noun is marked when it's the direct object of a verb, do you think it would retain that marking when incorporated into the verb...
by holbuzvala
07 Oct 2018 18:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

@Davush In a language which does not mark definiteness via morphology / articles, is there any correlation between word order and definiteness? I.e. is a definite object more likely to appear before or after the verb than an indefinite one? I can't say for sure with regards to general trends cross-l...
by holbuzvala
07 Oct 2018 12:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

Why is it that in French, most adjectives follow nouns, but (what I would describe as) 'generic' adjectives preceed the nouns they describe?
by holbuzvala
07 Oct 2018 12:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Words to mean Friend
Replies: 29
Views: 6456

Re: Words to mean Friend

Thanks all for your replies - interesting stuff. I've decided to go with a construction that might be rendered into English as 'co-singer', or 'the person with whom one sings'. Seems chummy and idiomatic.
by holbuzvala
05 Oct 2018 15:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Words to mean Friend
Replies: 29
Views: 6456

Words to mean Friend

Hi all, I’m thinking about possibly ways to derive the word for ‘friend’ in Asvolai. I’m not keen to have it stand as its own root, but rather come from a verb or adjective. It seems to be that the French ‘ami’ has something to do with love; and the Arabic (MSA) is sadiiq, which has to do with trust...
by holbuzvala
03 Oct 2018 22:29
Forum: Translations
Topic: I don't understand what you're saying. Speak English!
Replies: 214
Views: 76100

Re: I don't understand what you're saying. Speak English!

ASVOLAI I don’t understand what you’re saying. Speak Asvolai! Hol kibuwahasagatan tinvu toa kibuswala. Swala tasvolai! Hol ki-bu-wahasaga-tan t-invu toa ki-bu-swala. Swala t-asvolai 1s.nom human.subj-abs.obj-UNDERSTAND-neg obj-THIS.abs 2s.nom human.subj-abs-obj-SPEAK. SPEAK.imp obj-Asvolai N.B. The ...
by holbuzvala
28 Sep 2018 18:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

@everyone Are there any languages for which the alienable-inalienable possession distiction is allowed only for animate things? Or if none come to mind, can you think of examples of some broadly genetive relationship between two inanimate things that would be alienable? In my mind, animate things ca...
by holbuzvala
28 Sep 2018 18:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

@yangi A few qs to clarify some points: 1. By "Latin's noun-adj variant", do you mean that adjectives (on the whole) follow nouns in Ddoean? 2. Can you provide a gloss for Naxaesh Auoraae , and Oeddou Vlaea and Vlaea Oeddouji please? The caveats to my reply are: 1. I don't know lots about Latin 2. I...
by holbuzvala
10 Sep 2018 11:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14465
Views: 1177720

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

2. If we start with an isolating language, what sort of words do you think could become particles or clitics to mark: i) the direct object; ii) the indirect object; iii) the theme? --- If you start with an isolating language, aren't there probably already particles or clitics to mark things like th...