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by Zekoslav
06 Dec 2019 15:07
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 538
Views: 200476

Re: Other Creativity

Re: Sal's musical instrument. It might work as a plucked string instrument, although it's a very complex (or at least not immediately decipherable one). Through a very delicate and precise procedure of measuring wire lengths on an enlarged version of this image by a ruler, I found out that both whol...
by Zekoslav
06 Dec 2019 14:55
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1868
Views: 341453

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

You said you used attested changes in unusual ways, therefore I venture to guess that <j> is from <li> and <ai> is from <as>, and that <oga> is from some kind of breaking and glide fortition of <i>.
by Zekoslav
04 Dec 2019 09:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Development thread: A Romlang in Hungary
Replies: 8
Views: 149

Re:

What non-Slavic languages have a Slavic-style aspect system? BTW, I'm considering making a Eastern Romance lang in west Carpathians, e.g. Moravian-Slovakian Vlach, what suggestions do you have? (I don't want to make another Slezan/Slevan) Apparently, Ossetian has a full-fledged Slavic-style aspect ...
by Zekoslav
02 Dec 2019 19:53
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4415
Views: 921703

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

In what positions and under what conditions did French keep morphological nominative -s, even after it lost cases? C.f. French fils . What VaptuantaDoi said. It is true that all French's retained nominative forms refer to humans. I seem to recall seeing that claimed for ours 'bear', but can't seem ...
by Zekoslav
01 Dec 2019 20:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Californian Polynesian
Replies: 40
Views: 483

Re: Californian Polynesian

I wonder, is 700 years, assuming settlement around 1300 and no post-Columbian extermination, enough for a polynesian language to be thoroughly influenced by native Californian languages? Would there be enough multilingualism for that? I would have assumed so - 700 years is a long time in diachronic...
by Zekoslav
01 Dec 2019 19:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Californian Polynesian
Replies: 40
Views: 483

Re: Californian Polynesian

I wonder, is 700 years, assuming settlement around 1300 and no post-Columbian extermination, enough for a polynesian language to be thoroughly influenced by native Californian languages? Would there be enough multilingualism for that?
by Zekoslav
01 Dec 2019 17:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5829
Views: 1386212

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

I've go this consonant inventory and phonotactics. I'm very much happy with it and it's pretty fleshed out both synchronically and diachronically. However, the inspiration to find out which vowels go with it just doesn't strike. Can you help me? What vowels do you think would suite this? If it's of ...
by Zekoslav
01 Dec 2019 12:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Grammar derivation questions
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: Grammar derivation questions

For verbs, existing verbal forms may be renewed over and over again in a sort of cycle. I've seen it stated that future forms are very liable to be replaced by new forms of modal or aspectual origin, and there is a very common shift of perfect aspect to past tense (googling "aoristic drift" will fin...
by Zekoslav
21 Nov 2019 09:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5829
Views: 1386212

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

There could be a situation, after syncope, that vowels are lengthened before some coda consonants, but not before others, resulting in CV.CV.CV́ > CVC.CV́ or CVːC.CV́ > CV́C.CV or CV́ːC.CV. The relevant consonants could then merge, making this distinction unpredictable. If you want to have both penu...
by Zekoslav
21 Nov 2019 09:11
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1868
Views: 341453

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

I actually prefer your original derivation to my partially incorrect guess. And I'll pass this turn. Have no more interesting words to post.
by Zekoslav
20 Nov 2019 09:36
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1868
Views: 341453

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

Nine hours in the morning? haoḍḍamanzanment "hour-of-morning-ly" is a very creative, very synthetic for a romance language, way to say "in the morning"!
by Zekoslav
20 Nov 2019 09:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5829
Views: 1386212

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

I'd love to help, but I can't accurately picture your conlang's syllable structure. Is it underlyingly CVC or CV with a coda consonant allowed word-finally? Where does stress fall if there are no long vowels in the word? In an underlyingly CVC structure I see no reason why CāC.Ca(C) and Cā.Ca.Ca(C) ...
by Zekoslav
20 Nov 2019 09:24
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1868
Views: 341453

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

Is naf from novem and haor from hora? If that's true, the manzan part of haoḍḍamanzanment might be from maneanus?
by Zekoslav
18 Nov 2019 14:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5829
Views: 1386212

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

Chechen or some related Caucasian language which has phonemic long consonants in both onsets and codas, specifically has long /t͡sː/ with a long [s ] rather than a long [t]. Croatian /tt͡s/ and /dt͡s/ are realised as [t͡s] with a long [t], while /ts/ and /ds/ are realised as [t͡s] with a long [s ], ...
by Zekoslav
17 Nov 2019 18:42
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Origin of some English orthography inconsistencies
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Origin of some English orthography inconsistencies

Re: Old English <ēaw> sometimes giving Middle English <ew> and sometimes Middle English <aw>. Could that be due to analogical processes withing Old English itself? Ringe deals with it in his book on history of English, but I only vaguely remember the details. Basically Proto-Germanic *au (tautosylla...
by Zekoslav
16 Nov 2019 15:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5829
Views: 1386212

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

yangfiretiger121 wrote:
16 Nov 2019 13:36
Are rhotacized long monophthongs better transcribed as [Vːʴ] or [Vʴː]?
I'd choose [Vʴː]. Quality modifiers before quantity modifiers.
by Zekoslav
15 Nov 2019 09:48
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1868
Views: 341453

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

[tick] [tick] [tick]

I thought, if Ibero-Romance can derive their "arrive" from "fold", and French from "shore", then I can derive mine from "swim to". [xD]
by Zekoslav
14 Nov 2019 20:15
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1868
Views: 341453

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

Very, very close, but no... "to approach" doesn't quite get to the same point as "sânar". [;)]
by Zekoslav
14 Nov 2019 15:25
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1868
Views: 341453

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

Haha, I just meant that as a hint to which prefix it was! Nothing to do with marriage... it's meaning is similar to one of the basic meanings of adno in Latin itself.
by Zekoslav
14 Nov 2019 10:34
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1868
Views: 341453

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

Good verb [tick], bad prefix [cross]. Hint: Italian [akˈkaːsa].