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by LinguistCat
19 Jan 2019 20:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14412
Views: 1140188

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: 14412
Views: 1140188

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: 614

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: 212
Views: 28542

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?
by LinguistCat
02 Jan 2019 17:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 212
Views: 28542

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

I wouldn't say that breaking multiple "human universals" is a sign of bad writing, but you have to be very careful about WHY they are broken and what effects this has on your conculture. Obviously a good "why" might be that your conculture is not composed of humans. If they reproduce in a way that i...
by LinguistCat
16 Dec 2018 22:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6823
Views: 769118

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

Pabappa wrote:
16 Dec 2018 04:17
The new skin makes this board look exactly like the ZBB .... its easy to get them mixed up.
It does, and I first posted it on the ZBB, so if that doesn't say something idk what does.
by LinguistCat
16 Dec 2018 20:29
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread
Replies: 497
Views: 111398

Re: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread

Next: How do your conpeople handle sickness? How do they treat illnesses, are sick people expected to stay home or still work, and if they are expected to stay home, do they come to work anyway because that's the only way to get paid? I'll go with Kaibyou from my youkai verse. Youkai in general of ...
by LinguistCat
16 Dec 2018 00:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6823
Views: 769118

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

Cross post from CBB: Does anyone happen to know what verbs could be used in Classical Japanese for moving the capital? Would <動く> "to move" work? (The other meanings it has on jisho.com imply animal movement, or skittering like bugs so probably not?) What about <ひきこす> an older variant of <引っ越す> "to ...
by LinguistCat
06 Dec 2018 04:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang breakthroughs thread
Replies: 8
Views: 614

Conlang breakthroughs thread

This is a thread when you've been trying to decide something about a conlang for a long time, and most of the options you've found or were suggested just don't seem right, and then you hit upon something that fits perfectly. For my cat language based on Old Japanese, I actually had two problems: I d...
by LinguistCat
18 Nov 2018 03:44
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sound Changes Game
Replies: 5823
Views: 470537

Re: Sound Changes Game

<がどふぇいん>

[ˌkãɳɖoˈɸẽːnˀ] > [ngandoɸeiɴ]
by LinguistCat
06 Nov 2018 16:06
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1184
Views: 269080

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

Is broðiar related to brodeur (to embroider) from Old French?
by LinguistCat
31 Oct 2018 02:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Writing sound changes so I understand later
Replies: 4
Views: 1779

Re: Writing sound changes so I understand later

OK, so you want medial clusters only, and are not really in favor of word-final consonants. This means your sound changes could look something like this: a > ɐ / _ except #(C)_ and C_# ɐ > Ø / VC_CV (starting at the beginning of a word, and targeting the next vowel only if the preceding vowel hasn'...
by LinguistCat
30 Oct 2018 15:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Writing sound changes so I understand later
Replies: 4
Views: 1779

Re: Writing sound changes so I understand later

Are you okay with word-initial *#CaCu becoming #CCu? And with word-final *CVCa# becoming CVC#? Should word-final *VCaCa# typically become VCCa#, VCaC#, or VCC#? (I'm using <#> to explicitly write out the word boundary.) I might just disallow consonant clusters at the beginning or ends of words, so ...
by LinguistCat
30 Oct 2018 03:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Writing sound changes so I understand later
Replies: 4
Views: 1779

Writing sound changes so I understand later

I'm starting with Old Japanese to derive a fictional language related to Japanese, so my starting syllable structure is pretty strictly CV, with bare V only allowable at the beginning of a word. An early sound change is losing /a/ in many environments, but I don't want it to result in consonant clus...
by LinguistCat
29 Oct 2018 18:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14412
Views: 1140188

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

Question moved elsewhere.
by LinguistCat
21 Oct 2018 23:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14412
Views: 1140188

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

Starting with a mostly CV language and dropping some vowels in some places, could the consonant that had proceeded the vowel become one thing before another consonant and another at the end of words, but still change in both places?
by LinguistCat
21 Oct 2018 03:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6823
Views: 769118

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

Is there a way to find words that were known to exist in Classical/Old Japanese through texts, but don't have descendants in the modern language? Or other older languages? Are you asking if there’s a place where you can look up the meanings of such words, or if there’s a list of such words? I was h...
by LinguistCat
20 Oct 2018 08:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6823
Views: 769118

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

Is there a way to find words that were known to exist in Classical/Old Japanese through texts, but don't have descendants in the modern language? Or other older languages? Are you asking if there’s a place where you can look up the meanings of such words, or if there’s a list of such words? I was h...
by LinguistCat
20 Oct 2018 02:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6823
Views: 769118

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

Is there a way to find words that were known to exist in Classical/Old Japanese through texts, but don't have descendants in the modern language? Or other older languages?
by LinguistCat
18 Oct 2018 14:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14412
Views: 1140188

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

On my own note, what are good ways to derive /l/ (or other laterals) in a phonology that doesn't have it. I figure coronals would be a good place to start, but am not sure in what environments this would be likely to happen. In Hong Kong Cantonese, n → l occurs near unconditionally in initial posit...