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by Pabappa
20 Nov 2019 23:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5798
Views: 1374629

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

i think he wants a diachronic solution from a previous CV-only stage. in which case, i dont see one either.
by Pabappa
20 Nov 2019 04:48
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What's next?
Replies: 4
Views: 70

Re: What's next?

Everybody has their own style. I've never read any kind of help manual at all, although I've read up on a few natlangs here and there ... so my strategy is just to brute force everything until I find something that works. I dont recommend my method, unless you're willing to spend 20 years on one lan...
by Pabappa
14 Nov 2019 16:21
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Are velarized vowels possible?
Replies: 12
Views: 198

Re: Are velarized vowels possible?

I would prefer to simply say that velarized vowels do not exist. You can't push /o/ further back, since it's already velar, ... but you could still do some shifts that "feel right" just as languages often do. e.g. English had the Great Vowel Shift which raised almost all long vowels but the ones tha...
by Pabappa
08 Nov 2019 02:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: what brought you to conlanging?
Replies: 26
Views: 421

Re: what brought you to conlanging?

Nice to meet you. This community is mostly about sharing our own work with each other, so, although some people may indeed have learned Esperanto and Klingon, I suspect most here are mainly fluent in their own work and in those of the many collaborative projects. I myself have only looked intently a...
by Pabappa
07 Nov 2019 23:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6639
Views: 1051339

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Im dipping into old sound changes I wrote in 2007 to make a few new sister languages of Pabappa spoken in the rural, underpopulated eastern areas of Paba. I had actually forgotten that they were under Pabap control because they play very little role in the story .... and while the majority of the po...
by Pabappa
07 Nov 2019 16:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5798
Views: 1374629

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

The evidentials in Poswa are compounds of the serial form of the verb (used for "while X-ing", etc) and a verb whose stem is a consonant or consonant cluster. Each of these has a person marker on, though the evidentials are nearly all first person. Thus one can say Džumbi. I dreamt. But Džumbovi. I ...
by Pabappa
05 Nov 2019 21:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: GovLang for Fractal Federation fictional universe
Replies: 10
Views: 218

Re: GovLang for Fractal Federation fictional universe

I like your script, then. I made a similar script once, but there weren't quite so many glyphs and whereas most of my shapes appear on your list, many of yours don't appear on mine. I note that most of your glyphs are traceable with just a 3x3 grid, but that a few of them have lines in between. Is t...
by Pabappa
05 Nov 2019 18:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: GovLang for Fractal Federation fictional universe
Replies: 10
Views: 218

Re: GovLang for Fractal Federation fictional universe

I like your idea. Now, a large phonology may not help as much as you'd think .... your speed is proportional to the log of the phoneme inventory, not the total size. so, a language with 200 consonants will not be five times faster than one with 40, but merely about 50% faster. Add to that the need t...
by Pabappa
02 Nov 2019 03:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5798
Views: 1374629

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

It's plausible, but I suspect quite rare. /kjo/ > /ko/, etc is not a common shift. /tjo/ seems to usually end up with an affricate or fricative instead of just a /t/. The labials are fine though, and coronal non-stops should be fine too.
by Pabappa
26 Oct 2019 00:30
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Phonemic inventory advice?
Replies: 12
Views: 696

Re: Phonemic inventory advice?

Might want to put in the vowels too 😛 The consonants look nice, although it's strange that you group /q/ with the approximants instead of the stops. Also I'd have expected /pʰ/ to be the one missing, not /p/, but perhaps Armenian has done what you've done. What happened to historical /p/ that didnt ...
by Pabappa
25 Oct 2019 21:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 685
Views: 182225

Re: False cognates

:eng: cower != :eng: coward. There's also a verb "cow", which is not related to either of these others.
by Pabappa
20 Oct 2019 00:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1136
Views: 382629

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

All three of those American settlements are clearly wetter in autumn than those that line up with them in Europe. And in winter, and in spring. Which is why they can *almost* be classified as Mediterranean ... and that's only "almost" because it's the temperatures that keep them from qualifying, not...
by Pabappa
19 Oct 2019 21:42
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1136
Views: 382629

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

I meant the coasts .... the comparison holds up for the interiors too, but I didnt bring it up because Europe doesnt have a giant mountain range right along the west coast comparable to North America's. Still, to answer the Madrid vs Seattle thing ... those cities are not at equal latitudes. compare...
by Pabappa
19 Oct 2019 17:07
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1136
Views: 382629

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

This summertime weakening of westerlies can have interesting consequence, such as mediterranean climate expanding to Ireland and England... We basically have that in North America, where even into southwestern Canada the summer is much drier than the winter. Washington & Oregon are remarkably dry i...
by Pabappa
19 Oct 2019 15:40
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 62036

Re: Weird Dream Thread

I was dating an angel and had been for at least five months. In this dream, angels were predominantly female, and of ordinary human appearance except that they were typically taller. This is all consistent with the mythology of the religion I've created for planet Teppala, and I knew that she was ve...
by Pabappa
18 Oct 2019 03:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5798
Views: 1374629

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

I dont know ... that looks to me like it would just be another type of polar question. It's context dependent, but the effect of the words is the same as in the first sentence.
by Pabappa
17 Oct 2019 18:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 62036

Re: Weird Dream Thread

When did your obsession with soap that led to you adopting the screenname Soap begin? Probably early childhood, ... I just expressed it oppositely back then because I wasnt in control of my own daily routine. The brand name of the ad that set me off was Safeguard .... even the name bothered me, as ...
by Pabappa
16 Oct 2019 21:48
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 62036

Re: Weird Dream Thread

Very nice. When I was young, I was very Chthonian .... like many young boys, I played outside and couldnt understand why girls and adults seemed to spend so much of their time in the bathtub. I even remember being offended at an advertisement for soap that implied there was something wrong with bein...
by Pabappa
16 Oct 2019 21:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5798
Views: 1374629

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

Italian comes close to lacking /j/, i think .... it's in the name Iago and probably not much else. Im not sure if words like voi are better analyzed as having /j/ or just /i/. (edit: hmm, i forgot about words like doppio. oh well. still /j/ has a fairly restricted distribution) Some dialects of Span...
by Pabappa
15 Oct 2019 04:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Uuxh: An Introduction
Replies: 19
Views: 1144

Re: Uuxh: An Anti-Aesthetic Language

Very nice work. I actually like the term hatelang myself, as it's short and sweet, but every hatelang I work either turns into a lovelang (e.g. Dreamlandic) or becomes such a chore that I refuse to work on it (Thaoa, Tarise, etc).