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by ukfl
29 Jan 2019 18:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: ŗahrih raçnann
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: ŗahrih raçnann

This is a very strange consonantal inventory. I'm aiming for strange for the prime language, and then shifting toward less strange as it evolves. Part of it is out of sheer curiosity regarding what will come out on the other side of the process. What jumps out as weird: ejectives with no correspond...
by ukfl
29 Jan 2019 17:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: ŗahrih raçnann
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: ŗahrih raçnann

Verbs suck. A lot. And I apparently suck at making a system for them. Verbs Given that this society's people exist solely to perform functions for their deity overlords, there is no perception of linear time, thus no tense use for verbs other than inference from the context of the speaker/listener. ...
by ukfl
29 Jan 2019 16:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: ŗahrih raçnann
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: ŗahrih raçnann

Morphology Nominal Inflection Collective Singulative Grammatical Gender I need help here. Initially, I was thinking of breaking grammatical gender into four classes (inanimate things, animate things, godly things, and everything else). Each case would be marked as shown below. But given how the lan...
by ukfl
29 Jan 2019 16:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: ŗahrih raçnann
Replies: 5
Views: 197

ŗahrih raçnann

I'm still new at designing conlangs and hope I can get some help from those with much more experience and knowledge on the subject. I'm designing a prime language that I can use as a starting point for developing a language family. The idea is that the language begins deliberately designed by the de...
by ukfl
14 May 2018 21:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Numerology and Numerical Superstitions
Replies: 4
Views: 1244

Re: Numerology and Numerical Superstitions

I intend to include numerology, but haven't gotten there yet. In research I'm doing on the Anglo-Saxon culture to inform development of conculture, I saw that they focused on multiples of 3.
by ukfl
14 May 2018 21:49
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 10651

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

Others have touched upon it, but I think the primary reason is simplicity. Rather than diverging from the story one wants to tell in order to fill in enormous knowledge holes on the reader's end, focusing on humans allows the author to focus on storytelling while maintaining momentum. Also, while a ...
by ukfl
14 May 2018 19:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Language evolution for long-lived people
Replies: 9
Views: 1277

Re: Language evolution for long-lived people

Thank you everyone for your responses. I apologize for not posting before now; I'm just now able to get back to the boards. The information provided presents a lot to consider. I appreciate the different perspectives that present interesting story telling directions. I think given the strong religio...
by ukfl
09 May 2018 02:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Language evolution for long-lived people
Replies: 9
Views: 1277

Language evolution for long-lived people

Assuming a group of people who live significantly longer than the average human (say, several hundred years at least), would the language spoken by that group evolve comparatively slower or at the same rate?
by ukfl
03 May 2018 16:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Need help with developing creole
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Re: Need help with developing creole

As for "foreign" sounds, they would replace it with similarly-sounding native sounds, as all other languages. Would any "new" sounds develop relative to the two parent languages? I don't think so, I heard that the phonemes are often roughly the intersection of the substrata, e.g. it is going to be ...
by ukfl
03 May 2018 16:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Need help with developing creole
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Re: Need help with developing creole

So in determining the superstrate and substrate parent languages, I want to explain my thought process to get feedback from the community. The creole is a result of two disparate groups (racially and ethnically) being more or less forced to join into a common society. The first group is not human, b...
by ukfl
01 May 2018 21:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Need help with developing creole
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Re: Need help with developing creole

From the article, it appears that the sonority hierarchy influences consonant clusters, to the point of deleting some sounds that violate the hierarchy (e.g. speak > piki). So, perhaps the new creole phonotactics would take on the following form: Parent Language 1 (C)(C)V(C)(n)/(r)/(s) Parent Langua...
by ukfl
01 May 2018 21:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Need help with developing creole
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Re: Need help with developing creole

So I found this article regarding creole syllabic structure. I'm reading it over and seeing what I can glean from it that may help determine the new phonotactics for this creole.

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/14ff/5 ... 62734d.pdf
by ukfl
20 Apr 2018 13:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Need help with developing creole
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Re: Need help with developing creole

Thank you for the information, Vlürch. I'm going to change Parent Language 2 so that instead of /ɵ/ it has an /e/. That will help resolve the issue of /ɵ/ and /ə/; besides, I think it would be nice for the creole to have /e/ as a phoneme. So the new phonology removes /kx/, /ʍ/, /x/, /ɵ/, /ə/. It ret...
by ukfl
20 Apr 2018 00:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Need help with developing creole
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Re: Need help with developing creole

Creoles often have a simplified phonology which is the intersection of the mother tongues of the speakers, and a reduced amount of roots(but that does not mean they have a smaller lexicon. Hmmm. Well, I'll need to go back to the phonology I determined earlier and pair down the number of phonemes (a...
by ukfl
20 Apr 2018 00:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Need help with developing creole
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Re: Need help with developing creole

Parent Language 1 Plosives p, b, t, d, k, g Nasal m, n, (ŋ) flaps r, (r̥) Fricatives v, s, (z), h, ɦ Approximants j, l, w, ʍ aspirations p, t, k Vowels i, u, o, ɛ, a Diphthongs yi, ei, eu, oi, ai, au Parent Language 2 Plosives p, b, ʈ, ɖ, k Nasal n Fricatives s, z, ʒ, x, ɣ Approximants ɹ, l Affrica...
by ukfl
12 Apr 2018 13:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Need help with developing creole
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Re: Need help with developing creole

Thank you for the reply. I appreciate the information. I'll post up the phonologies for all three soon and see the community can check my work.
by ukfl
10 Apr 2018 23:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Need help with developing creole
Replies: 12
Views: 1525

Need help with developing creole

I've limited knowledge of linguistics, but am trying to learn more. Hopefully this is one way to do so. I'm trying to develop a creole derived from two rather different languages. The concept is that political exiles flee to a land and through intermarriage with locals and an armed uprising, their d...