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by Zekoslav
23 Apr 2019 10:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Goþesch Razde
Replies: 24
Views: 744

Re: Goþesch Razde

That's completely fine! I was largely thinking about some phonetic developments absent from Greek (things like stressed schwa etc.). And I see that IRL Crimean Gothic borrowed "100" and "1000" from Iranian [:D].
by Zekoslav
23 Apr 2019 10:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 5155
Views: 619168

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

I really like that idea. Did you already think of other changes? Maybe one could do something nice with the vowels (keeping half of them from becoming /i/)? During the relevant period, only ει and ηι had merged with ι , so you can definitely avoid rampant iotacism. It's likely too late to preserve ...
by Zekoslav
22 Apr 2019 12:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 5155
Views: 619168

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

It's not quite a phonology idea, but I've come up with the idea of a descendant of Koine Greek (spoken somewhere in the Middle East) where φ , θ and χ didn't become fricatives. Instead, there would be a chain shift where π , τ , κ > /b/, /d/, /g/ and φ , θ , χ > /p/, /t/, /k/. A little bit later, β ...
by Zekoslav
13 Apr 2019 20:12
Forum: Translations
Topic: Conlang accents
Replies: 79
Views: 9971

Re: Conlang accents

What I imagine a really heavy Proto-Tewanian accent would sound like:

[də.ˈkɥɪk ˈbɾɒu̯n ˈpɑːks ˈtʃɑm.pə.ˈðoː.βəɾ də.ˈleːi̯.zɪ ˈdɑːk]
by Zekoslav
11 Apr 2019 09:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6913
Views: 817131

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

There are indeed pretty good crosslinguistic generalizations about morpheme ordering. For a suffixing language (it'd just be mirrored for a prefixing language) you'll typically have: Verb Root – Incorporated Root – Voice – Aspect – Tense – Mood The position of agreement is very flexible, but object...
by Zekoslav
09 Apr 2019 10:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14610
Views: 1215966

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

I didn't say, nor did I mean to imply, that NWC has only labial + coronal clusters (though all to often I misunderstand/get misunderstood in online communication)! I replied to the last post saying that labial + coronal clusters are more common in NWC than in Georgian. Your examples actually show ex...
by Zekoslav
08 Apr 2019 11:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14610
Views: 1215966

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

This is a good detailed explanation (I didn't know the details so I just said "some Caucasian languages")! I think Northwest Caucasian has more of labial + coronal clusters, since this is the family I got this information about. It's also interesting that in PIE. *TK type clusters (with a handful of...
by Zekoslav
07 Apr 2019 20:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14610
Views: 1215966

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

I'm currently working on some a priori languages (yes, I've faced my fears!) and I'm dealing with the same issue. Looking at Algonquian and Iroquoian languages was an eye-opener, they have simple to moderately complex syllables with a well defined structure quite different from SAE! An interesting ...
by Zekoslav
07 Apr 2019 12:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14610
Views: 1215966

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

I'm currently working on some a priori languages (yes, I've faced my fears!) and I'm dealing with the same issue. Looking at Algonquian and Iroquoian languages was an eye-opener, they have simple to moderately complex syllables with a well defined structure quite different from SAE! An interesting c...
by Zekoslav
07 Apr 2019 12:26
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Bodus and the Bodusians
Replies: 17
Views: 400

Re: Bodus and the Bodusians

It's not the number of moons that is problematic, but their size: smaller planets have relatively smaller moons, and bigger planets have relatively bigger moons - it's due to gravity, and I'm not sure and Earth-sized planet could hold on to multiple large, round moons. Earth's moon is a mystery beca...
by Zekoslav
07 Apr 2019 08:20
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Bodus and the Bodusians
Replies: 17
Views: 400

Re: Bodus and the Bodusians

I realize this isn't hard sci-fi, but for a planet roughly the same size as Earth it would be unusual to have so many moons (especially if they're round like our Moon - apparently it's very existence is one of the biggest astronomical mysteries). What do these moons look like when viewed from the su...
by Zekoslav
05 Apr 2019 14:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Romanization game
Replies: 3985
Views: 372385

Re: Romanization game

/p b t d k g/ p b t d k g
/f v s z ʃ ʒ h/ f v s z sh zh
/ʦ ʣ ʧ ʤ/ c x ch xh
/m n ɲ ŋ/ m n nh ng
/l ʎ/ l lh
/r/ r
/j w/ y w

/i y e ø/ i ü e ö
/ə ɜ a/ â ă a
/ɯ u ɤ o/ ï u ë o

next:

/p t k/
/f s x/
/ʦ/
/m n ŋ/
/ɾ/
/w j/

/i e ɛ/
/a/
/u o ɔ/
by Zekoslav
05 Apr 2019 14:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11347
Views: 928239

Re: What did you accomplish today?

J Reggie wrote:
03 Apr 2019 01:26
Working on an a priori lang with historical spelling. Got to a point where the 2nd person plural past tense of the verb meaning "to see" is spelled dogrpfa and pronounced /doːp/. Looking forward to working more with this language!
That's as "bad" as Tibetan! Keep up the good work!
by Zekoslav
05 Apr 2019 14:14
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Palatalization(?) help
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Palatalization(?) help

There's inscriptional evidence that in Latin gi and di palatalised before ci and ti . However, strictly speaking this was not palatalisation but iotation : this happened before a vowel when these sequences were pronounced [gj], [dj], [kj] and [tj], and the voiced clusters assimilated to [jː] and/or ...
by Zekoslav
05 Apr 2019 14:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6913
Views: 817131

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

I don't know this for sure (it would be the best to learn which languages are split ergative and google their grammars), but I think a syncretism between nominative and absolutive is rather common. Syncretism between ergative and genitive or instrumental is also rather common. But there's nothing pr...
by Zekoslav
04 Apr 2019 07:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Goþesch Razde
Replies: 24
Views: 744

Re: Gotesche Razde

I'm pretty sure the Balkan Sprachbund is a consequence of bilingualism in the Balkans peninsula, with a Greek superstrate providing model for some grammatical constructions (due to the age of Greek it can be proved it did it first). Considering that Gothish would have no contact with the other langu...
by Zekoslav
30 Mar 2019 13:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Favesi
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: Favesi

This looks nice: IE. is an obvious inspiration, but it's still very distinct in terms of sounds and sound changes. I've got no comments at the moment, other than asking where did ğ come from? It's not listed in the phoneme inventory (I thought you might have respelled it as ƿ or vice-versa).
by Zekoslav
29 Mar 2019 13:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14610
Views: 1215966

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

Thanks for the answer, Zekoslav. I think I have a better understanding now. Would I be correct in summarizing it as an analogy to a similar grammatical construction? So my idea now is that one language allows more than one finite verb per clause, where the primary verb is nominative-accusative and ...
by Zekoslav
28 Mar 2019 11:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14610
Views: 1215966

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

My gut reaction to your second question is "no", but I don't know any actual examples. As for your first question, there's a good case study of that within the Indo-Iranian family, which I've already talked about here (near the end of the page). Basically, a split alignment arises when only some con...
by Zekoslav
25 Mar 2019 18:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The rise of agriculture and labiodentals
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: The rise of agriculture and labiodentals

There's been some discussion of the paper on Languagehat, where they came to a somewhat less bold conclusion that the biological change simply caused a turnaround in the relative frequencies of [f], [v] vs. [ɸ], [β].