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by LinguistCat
02 Apr 2019 23:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Is there anything like Schleicher's fable for other language groups?
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Is there anything like Schleicher's fable for other language groups?

What it says on the tin. Either for other language families or sprachbunds? If not would anyone like to write some? I might make one for my Japanese-based cat language but it would be fun if it could translate into other languages that use Hanzi-based characters. I don't know enough about most langu...
by LinguistCat
02 Apr 2019 23:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6908
Views: 816097

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

Phoible lists 43 languages with long voiced /d/ and 65 languages and with long /b/. Watch out, they seem to be changing their representations a bit lately. Fulfulde is the only language that is listed with a long prenasalized /d/ and /b/. I don't think I've seen/heard of Phoible before, so thank yo...
by LinguistCat
02 Apr 2019 20:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6908
Views: 816097

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

I have already looked and haven't found anything, but I don't want to assume it's impossible for this to exist. So are there any languages in which long prenasalized stops exist, even arguably? If not, are there languages with long voiced stops? If not again, what would be the closest I could reason...
by LinguistCat
02 Apr 2019 00:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Romanization game
Replies: 3973
Views: 371639

Re: Romanization game

/b d ɖ ɡ/ <6 cl cj j> /m ɱ ŋ/ <w uu u> /ʙ/ <v> /z zː zːː zːːː ʒ/ <zzzz zzz zz z q> /j/ <g> /u uː/ <n m> /o oː oːː oːːː oːːːː oːːːːː/ <ooooo oooo ooo oo o> /ɛ/ (marked with an acute accent over the preceding consonant) Happy April Fools' day! And to you! [:D] ----- Next: /ʘ ǃ/ /m n ŋ ɴ/ /s s: sʃ ʃ ʃ:...
by LinguistCat
31 Mar 2019 18:25
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 234
Views: 32632

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

I think to put this somewhat back on topic, a way I have personally found is a bad way to conworld is to keep changing your mind so that nothing is ever set and you can never actually do anything with it, not even presenting it by itself as a conworld! Try not to do this if at all possible!
by LinguistCat
23 Mar 2019 02:15
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 770
Views: 215689

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

I'd like to mention that there are probably various proteins that do not occur on Earth naturally, or other substances that could be used by animals as pigments that WOULD produce the colors you would like, but are not used/found on Earth only due to random chance at how life here evolved.
by LinguistCat
06 Mar 2019 16:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 727
Views: 171998

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

I think a like button would be useful if people who wouldn't have commented (because they don't have any specific things they can comment on, they don't have the time to comment but want to show they are reading the thread and enjoyed a post) are going to use it, and people who would have commented ...
by LinguistCat
24 Feb 2019 20:09
Forum: Translations
Topic: Translation challenge: If you have enough teeth...
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Translation challenge: If you have enough teeth...

So friends and I were having a discussion about a dream. My friend dreamed that their very toothy character was a dentist. In response, I wrote: "If you have enough teeth, they make you a dentist by default." I realized that there was some ambiguity between whether the teeth themselves made one a de...
by LinguistCat
20 Feb 2019 02:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6908
Views: 816097

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

How did High German get <fünf> /fʏnf/ from Proto-Germanic *fimf? As far as I can tell, umlaut did not operate in this word, nor can I see anything internal that would cause /ɪ/ to round. I'm not an expert on Germanic but if I had to make a guess the /f/ and /m/ is probably why, since they're both l...
by LinguistCat
16 Feb 2019 18:06
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What do I need to know?
Replies: 10
Views: 324

Re: What do I need to know?

Welcome Gizmo! I think it's good that you know as much as you do and are willing to learn more. I'd say, while working on the "Just do it!" part of creating a conlang (a lot of life really is just doing things when you want to do them), I'd say go into conversations and look up things you don't unde...
by LinguistCat
13 Feb 2019 07:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11347
Views: 927189

Re: What did you accomplish today?

While on a family trip, I found some hentaigana that I could use for Nyango to write certain sounds I wanted to derive from Old Japanese and Middle Japanese. Just want to double check that there aren't ones I like more if I get the chance (could only see some hentaigana symbols that I would have bee...
by LinguistCat
09 Feb 2019 07:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 49
Views: 1403

Re: underused settings in world building

This is funny since, in fanfiction, while not as common as high school aus or coffee shop aus, there are at least some university aus out there. How many are based on fantasy stories and how many actually have fantasy elements I wouldn't be able to tell you. But there's definitely at least some mar...
by LinguistCat
08 Feb 2019 15:59
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 49
Views: 1403

Re: underused settings in world building

This is funny since, in fanfiction, while not as common as high school aus or coffee shop aus, there are at least some university aus out there. How many are based on fantasy stories and how many actually have fantasy elements I wouldn't be able to tell you. But there's definitely at least some mark...
by LinguistCat
07 Feb 2019 15:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 49
Views: 1403

Re: underused settings in world building

I never really understood assigning genres to worlds. Worlds are too big. This is an excellent point to bring up in this thread. Worlds are too big. But how many settings are really "worlds"? Most of the time, there is one or two focus cultures and an under-defined "here be dragons". I think many c...
by LinguistCat
01 Feb 2019 07:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14604
Views: 1214280

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

I'm probably missing something really obvious, but I prefer the opinions of you friends, over my own doubts. Both of these refer to the past, I know; so is there a difference between a. "Cats remember their being gods." b. "Cats remember their godhood." ...because both -hood and being refer to a st...
by LinguistCat
01 Feb 2019 06:58
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 49
Views: 1403

Re: underused settings in world building

I have an urban fantasy I'm working on as well as a space fantasy (not "soft scifi"). Modern urban isn't super uncommon, space fantasy certainly is though.
by LinguistCat
19 Jan 2019 20:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14604
Views: 1214280

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

*My original query* *Eldin's answer to my question* *Useful info about historical word order changes and how they happened* I don't know if the pronoun-affixing would work, tbf. The language I'm starting with is pro-drop for various word parts like its irl descendant. I thought the "move the verb f...
by LinguistCat
17 Jan 2019 22:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14604
Views: 1214280

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

cross-posted from the ZBB

How realistic would it be for a language to go from SOV to VSO, possibly by fronting the verb for some kind of emphasis? What other parts of grammar would be likely to change early on?
by LinguistCat
15 Jan 2019 04:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang breakthroughs thread
Replies: 8
Views: 753

Re: Conlang breakthroughs thread

I might keep notes on computer but I might do better working things out and seeing what I want to do with sound and grammar changes by writing things out on paper. This is as much a break through as anything else
by LinguistCat
02 Jan 2019 21:35
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 234
Views: 32632

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

k1234567890y wrote:
02 Jan 2019 20:24
ok thanks for the feedbacks (: Individuals can act differently, the universals refer to human as collective bodies mostly.
I was speaking on the level of societies, not individuals. I'm unsure why you think I was talking about individuals?