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by holbuzvala
07 Oct 2019 13:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

I've got syntax questions... Imagine an agglutinative language where only subjects can be made heads of relative clauses*. Making arguments other than subjects heads of relative clauses is done by a combination of applicatives (oblique argument > direct object) and passive (direct object > subject)...
by holbuzvala
06 Oct 2019 12:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Updated Hiding Waters (née Feayran) Grammar
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Updated Hiding Waters (née Feayran) Grammar

I really enjoyed reading this grammar. I thought the ideas in it were fresh, and it was neatly arranged. Certainly made my commute more interesting (though I think I put off some people by trying to pronounce your horrific consonant clusters). The idea of split roots is fascinating, especially now i...
by holbuzvala
06 Oct 2019 11:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

Having a little problem with how best to romanize/transcribe the vowels and accent for a conlang. I've got the following vowels: short: /ä ɛ ɪ ʊ/ long: /ɑː æː eː oː iː uː/ closing diphthongs /äɪ̯ ɛɪ̯ ʊɪ̯ äʊ̯ ɛʊ̯/ opening diphthongs /iɛ̯ uɔ̯/ I also have a pitch accent, where a single syllable withi...
by holbuzvala
02 Oct 2019 11:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

@ sangi39,Vlürch,Sal,Linguofranco Thanks for the feedback. My broadstrokes idea of how this inventory came to be was an initial inventory of /a a: i i: u u: y (y:?) ai au ay/. Then, certain reductions occur in unstressed syllables: /ai/ > /e/ /au/ > /o/ /ay/ > /ø/ /V:/ > /V/ which leaves only /a i u...
by holbuzvala
01 Oct 2019 08:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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:

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SHORT
i y    u
 e ø   o
  a
 
LONG
iː    uː
   aː
   
DIPHTH
ai
au
ay
by holbuzvala
05 Sep 2019 18:16
Forum: Translations
Topic: An Approach to Translations: Catabolism then Anabolism
Replies: 7
Views: 529

An Approach to Translations: Catabolism then Anabolism

Hi all, I just thought I'd write this for the benefit of anyone who's struggling a bit with translations. I've found that it can be disheartening once I've chosen something to translate, and have it take hours to invent all the relevant vocabulary and grammar. As such, I employ a method whereby I ta...
by holbuzvala
29 Aug 2019 09:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Compound generator thread
Replies: 15
Views: 3433

Re: Compound generator thread

Having done some snooping, I'm pretty sure 'galaxy' comes from the Greek gála (genetive galaktos ) for 'milk'. Look here: https://www.etymonline.com/word/Galaxy https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/galaxy But I'm not 100% sure about the spilled breastmilk myth. Where'd dogfish come from? Anyhow, as no one...
by holbuzvala
28 Aug 2019 23:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Compound generator thread
Replies: 15
Views: 3433

Re: Compound generator thread

@Khemehekis - the animal name thread seems to have disappeared. Building on Sal's point of not being to 'logical' or 'philosophical' about this, I think it's also worth noting how mythology can affect where words originate from. A classic being 'galaxy', which comes from the myth of Hera suckling He...
by holbuzvala
26 Aug 2019 14:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

@Ser, Reyzadren

Both very helpful. Thanks!
by holbuzvala
25 Aug 2019 09:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

Anyone know a good/reliable resource for finding the 1000/1500/2000 most common words in Modern Standard Arabic?
by holbuzvala
25 Aug 2019 09:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

the only language I know of with *tʰ > r̥ is Nivkh, and Nivkh doesn't object at all to /r̥/ in clusters
True, true. That's helpful, Nort, so thanks. Gives me thoughts.
by holbuzvala
21 Aug 2019 22:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 2794
Views: 706931

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

A question on diachronics So I have /tʰ/ which changes to /r̥/ when bounded by vowels or a word boundary. e.g.: /tʰatʰ/-> /r̥ar̥/, /atʰa/ -> /ar̥a/. However, I am having trouble deciding what /tʰ/ should become when adjacent to other consonants, particularly stops and voiced sonorants. The current ...
by holbuzvala
21 Aug 2019 22:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

@Ahzoh Not sure if this helps, but in one of my langs I diachronically generated /ʝ ɣʷ/ like so: /ɣiV ɣuV/ -> /ɣʲV ɣʷV/ -> /ʝV ɣʷV/ Might work without those final vowels. So I have /tʰ/ which changes to /r̥/ when bounded by vowels or a word boundary. e.g.: /tʰatʰ/-> /r̥ar̥/, /atʰa/ -> /ar̥a/. Howeve...
by holbuzvala
11 Aug 2019 19:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

I'm designing roots. Would it be beyond the scope of naturalism if verbal roots were differently constrained (phonetically) from noun roots? My idea is to have verbal roots be: - monosyllabic - require a consonant onset while noun roots be: - monosyllabic OR disyllabic - not require a consonant onse...
by holbuzvala
18 Jul 2019 21:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

Any ideas how infixes arise?

I know analogised metathesis is one way, but I wanted to find a way for vowel infixing.
by holbuzvala
07 Jul 2019 20:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

Any idea for interesting sound changes for geminate /h/ intervocalically? VhhV>?

The rest of the inventory is currently: C= /p t k t͡s s h ç j ɸ w ɬ l r r̥ ɣ m n ŋ/; V= /a i u ai au/
by holbuzvala
28 Jun 2019 09:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

Just a quick question. From the change in PIE of /penkʷe/ to Latin's /kʷinkʷe/, the initial /p/ has changed to /kʷ/ due to assimilation (or some kind of assonance). But what I was wondering is: what caused the vowel /e/ to change to /i/? Was is just the effect of the high tongue in /k/ in the /kʷ/ p...
by holbuzvala
26 Jun 2019 23:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5828
Views: 1385920

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

@Tuyono Classical Arabic has two reciprocal constructions I know of. One is to use the word 'some' ("ba3ḍ") /baʕdˤ/ twice, the first instance usually taking a plural pronoun suffix, and the second taking the definite article 'al'. li-ba3ḍ-ihim al-ba3ḍ for-other-3PL.M DEF-other "For the other of them...
by holbuzvala
21 Jun 2019 17:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: "Neutral" accents in second languages
Replies: 8
Views: 2298

Re: "Neutral" accents in second languages

I learned Russian as a second language, but I had tended to transform most of my <и>s into <ы>s (which, I am told, makes me sound Ukrainian). Then I lived in Siberia, so I ended up leniting /k/ to /x/ at the end of unaccented final syllables (cf: tvarók -> tvórax), and having my unaccented <о> NOT d...
by holbuzvala
21 Jun 2019 17:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Have you created any idioms in your conlangs? What are some examples?
Replies: 8
Views: 708

Re: Have you created any idioms in your conlangs? What are some examples?

One idiom in Zulai has the literal translation of “He/she can’t even breathe in my forest.” The person this is said of is someone who is stupid, insofar as they refuse or are unable to understand something ostensibly easy explained to them. It derives from the deep-rooted idiom that ideas are concei...