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by LinguistCat
20 Feb 2019 02:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6830
Views: 790462

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: 9
Views: 170

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: 11282
Views: 901456

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: 45
Views: 801

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: 45
Views: 801

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: 45
Views: 801

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: 14458
Views: 1174842

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: 45
Views: 801

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: 14458
Views: 1174842

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: 14458
Views: 1174842

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: 673

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: 231
Views: 30125

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: 231
Views: 30125

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: 6830
Views: 790462

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: 114279

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: 6830
Views: 790462

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: 673

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: 5875
Views: 485163

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: 1224
Views: 279144

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: 1845

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'...