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by Zekoslav
22 Sep 2019 11:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332380

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

The expected outcome of the French 1PL verbal ending would be *-aimes [ˈãj̃məs] (cantāmus > *chantaimes), cf. sānās > saines. However, the ending evolved into -ons (chantons), with the last syllable irregularly collapsed to a bare [ns], likely via analogy with the 2PL ending -ātis > ez [ets] (which...
by Zekoslav
21 Sep 2019 17:34
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A Beginner's guide to Slavic accentuation
Replies: 16
Views: 22678

Re: A Beginner's guide to Slavic accentuation

Clitics It's time to finally deal with the long awaited clitics! 1. General stuff A clitic is, as Wikipedia nicely puts it, a syntactically independent but phonologically dependent morpheme . For the purposes of accent, clitics behave the same as bound morphemes, and adding a clitic to a word is th...
by Zekoslav
20 Sep 2019 19:43
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A Beginner's guide to Slavic accentuation
Replies: 16
Views: 22678

Re: A Beginner's guide to Slavic accentuation

If it helps, I was really looking forward to a post on clitics, but I didn't say anything since I didn't want to seem pushy. I'm going to read through this thread again as well, hoping to be prepared for wherever it leads next. Oh, don't worry, clitics are still coming next! Personally, I had a bur...
by Zekoslav
19 Sep 2019 12:13
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A Beginner's guide to Slavic accentuation
Replies: 16
Views: 22678

Re: A Beginner's guide to Slavic accentuation

Just bumping this thread to say that it's great! Very informative, interesting, wonderfully laid out and easy to follow. I would love to see some more, if Zekoslav is up to it (it looks like they are still active on this site [:)] ). Thanks! I'm glad to hear it's easy to follow: this is a complicat...
by Zekoslav
15 Sep 2019 11:35
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Any interest in starting a collaborative project?
Replies: 112
Views: 14689

Re: Any interest in starting a collaborative project?

There's no better way to learn about tectonics than some good old paleogeography! Google is our friend! Basically, inland mountain ranges imply colliding continents, coastal mountain ranges imply subduction*, coastal lowlands imply passive margins. Mountain ranges don't have to be new and processes ...
by Zekoslav
15 Sep 2019 11:23
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 527
Views: 190333

Re: Other Creativity

Can anyone guess which scale this is supposed to play? [;)]

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by Zekoslav
15 Sep 2019 11:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The alphabet has a secret and has been found
Replies: 43
Views: 685

Re: The alphabet has a secret and has been found

Since the orthography was partially influenced by that of Latin, [θ] appearing in third person singular endings, which derives from Latin /t/, could be written as <t>, unless the word's Latin etymon was no longer recognisable: for example, [aθ] 'have-3.sg.pres' is usually written as <ad> and not <a...
by Zekoslav
13 Sep 2019 12:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The alphabet has a secret and has been found
Replies: 43
Views: 685

Re: The alphabet has a secret and has been found

This Wiktionary page has some relevant details about Old French dental fricatives. Having read some Early Old French texts, I can affirm that [θ] was usually written as <d> since it was, as Wiktionary says, an allophone of /ð/, which was written as <d> (/d/ was also written as <d> and for whatever ...
by Zekoslav
08 Sep 2019 11:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Reconstruction Relay
Replies: 20
Views: 458

Re: Reconstruction Relay

This sounds fun! I've never tried a reconstruction game before, and I think I could come up with a descendant language in such a short time.
by Zekoslav
06 Sep 2019 19:11
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Any interest in starting a collaborative project?
Replies: 112
Views: 14689

Re: Any interest in starting a collaborative project?

Thanks againfor your assistance, Zekoslav, I will amend the map. Would you by any chance also be interested in joining with a conlang of your own? There is still a good amount of empty space all over the map! The possibility of extensively borrowing vocab from other conlangs would mean that you wou...
by Zekoslav
05 Sep 2019 11:43
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Any interest in starting a collaborative project?
Replies: 112
Views: 14689

Re: Any interest in starting a collaborative project?

I've got one more input on the climate map: because of how deserts work (evaporation > precipitation), warmer continental areas are more likely to be desert than cold continental areas. That is, I'd make the southern half of F2 (currently steppe) a cold desert and the northern half of E2 steppe (cur...
by Zekoslav
04 Sep 2019 11:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332380

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

So my current project has palatal consonants as distinct phonemes, but I'm wondering if I should or need to have the be separate and distinct phonemes rather than just as allophones of non-palatal phonemes? For example, I have /nd͡ʒ/ (the /n/ is supposed to indicate that it is prenasalized) and is ...
by Zekoslav
02 Sep 2019 11:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 2780
Views: 676654

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

I'm not sure about this, but I seem to remember that no languages distinguishing a front and a central /a/ is precisely the reason why no separate symbols for the two exist in IPA. However, a language that does distinguish them may have been discovered since the invention of the IPA.
by Zekoslav
28 Aug 2019 12:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Zeko-Romance development thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1299

Re: Zeko-Romance development thread

1. VOWELS It's generally known that there were three main developments of the Classical Latin vowel system: a) "Sardinian" system: I, Ī > i; E, Ē, Æ > ɛ; A, Ā > a; O, Ō > ɔ; U, Ū > u b) "Romanian" system: Ī > i; I, Ē > e; E, Æ > ɛ; A, Ā > a; O, Ō > ɔ; U, Ū > u c) "Mainstream" system: Ī > i; I, Ē > ...
by Zekoslav
27 Aug 2019 14:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332380

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

I've decided to lenite these into fricatives/affricates. Is [sˠʰ → ħ] plausible? Can fricative consonants coexist with approximants at the same POA? For example, Imperial Creole contrasts voiceless labiodental fricatives with voiceless/voiced labiodental approximants and voiced palatal/velar fricat...
by Zekoslav
21 Aug 2019 19:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Zeko-Romance development thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1299

Re: Zeko-Romance development thread

I believe it's been said that there are two kinds of novice Romlangers: those who reinvent Occitan, and those who reinvent Catalan. EDIT: I should say something substantive. Zekoslav, you've mentioned a few times adopting Greek third declension nouns in -ης. Did you know that in Greek many of these...
by Zekoslav
21 Aug 2019 12:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332380

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

Can a language have /ʝ ɣʷ/ without /j w/? Arguably some dialects of Spanish have this, where initial /w/ is fortified to /gw/ or /ɣw/ which is most notable in loans but also things like huevo as /gwevo/. /w/ and /j/ could easily fortify and become /ɣʷ/ and /ʝ/, which would lead to the exact situati...
by Zekoslav
19 Aug 2019 19:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Zeko-Romance development thread
Replies: 14
Views: 1299

Re: Zeko-Romance development thread

This isn't, I confess, my first Romance conlang: that honor would go to Occitan, which I accidentally reinvented while trying to invent a Gallo-Romance language somewhat more conservative than French... Not to nitpick, but Occitan is NOT a conlang, but a natural language with real speakers. Yes, in...
by Zekoslav
19 Aug 2019 11:14
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4372
Views: 886660

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

Out of curiosity, do the vulgar poems you've been looking at exhibit any other phenomena common to Latin quantitative meter (e.g., penthemimeral caesura--maybe defined somewhat more forgivingly as word-end after a long syllable, or after the seventh syllable of the line)? Trouble is, the sources wh...
by Zekoslav
18 Aug 2019 20:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4372
Views: 886660

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

Thank you for this information (and it would be nice if you joined this discussion). I've never studied Latin metre like you seem to have, but I'm rather interested in Classical Latin pronunciation and how the language may have sounded, spoken or recited. This is quite a complex topic and whenever o...