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by Zekoslav
25 May 2019 17:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14706
Views: 1235882

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

In my IE. language, I've come up with an interesting morphosyntactic development that I don't really know how to justify semantically and pragmatically. Basically, the IE. mediopassive voice is only preserved in the third person singular as a peculiar impersonal voice (quite like the one which exist...
by Zekoslav
21 May 2019 14:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 687
Views: 163233

Re: False cognates

I've always thought it was some kind of derogatory deformation of "Chinese". These are really common in the Balkans (for neighboring peoples, that is...)
by Zekoslav
17 May 2019 11:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14706
Views: 1235882

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

I was toying with the idea to develop a pitch accent by distinguishing older and newer long vowels by pitch contour, but I didn't know it was actually attested. Hello Franconian! I'm most familiar with tonogenesis by stress retraction, since that's the type of tonogenesis which happens most commonly...
by Zekoslav
17 May 2019 10:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Ni'óno3íínow - Esseintially just Latin really
Replies: 61
Views: 7568

Re: Ni'óno3íínow - Esseintially just Latin really

When you know next to nothing about the history of Arapaho and guess that oxnííjbi derives from scrībimus mostly because both mean "to write"... [:D] Other words are mostly opaque, so good job at making Latin unrecognisable! I think I've spotted a typo: in your consonant table /t/ is romanized as <n...
by Zekoslav
15 May 2019 10:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Goþesch Razde
Replies: 34
Views: 1369

Re: Goþesch Razde

From my experience as a conlanger, striving for complete historical realism in a-posteriori conlangs can often be frustrating - sometimes you just have to decide between contesting theories (For example, I'm not completely set on my IE. conlang's primary thematic endings, because I'm not sure whethe...
by Zekoslav
06 May 2019 18:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Goþesch Razde
Replies: 34
Views: 1369

Re: Goþesch Razde

Looks like a good start! I think you can get very creative with various loanwords in a minority language spoken in a multilingual environment, so think about that!
by Zekoslav
02 May 2019 15:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 5170
Views: 627356

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

I've read many times that /ɢ/ and /ɴ/ are rare, but otherwise I don't see anything unusual. It's very "regular" in that there's not many gaps in the inventory - nearly everything fits into a place x manner x phonation grid.
by Zekoslav
01 May 2019 19:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The CBB Conlang Census
Replies: 108
Views: 100965

Re: The CBB Conlang Census

I guess seeing how I actually have a thread here now I should add Asta to the list. Asta - a priori, minimal phonology, agglutinative-polysynthetic, nominals marked for possession, number, noun class and case (adverbial vs. non-adverbial), polypersonal marking, ergativity, rigid transitivty of verb...
by Zekoslav
23 Apr 2019 10:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Goþesch Razde
Replies: 34
Views: 1369

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: 5170
Views: 627356

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: 5170
Views: 627356

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: 10144

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: 6945
Views: 828488

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: 14706
Views: 1235882

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: 14706
Views: 1235882

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: 14706
Views: 1235882

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: 14706
Views: 1235882

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: 19
Views: 760

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: 19
Views: 760

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: 4008
Views: 377344

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/