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by sangi39
15 Nov 2019 21:11
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Are velarized vowels possible?
Replies: 11
Views: 153

Re: Are velarized vowels possible?

Some Qiangic languages have uvularized or velarized vowels. I'm not sure that's much more than a question of nomenclature, since the name seems to relate to the allophonic process by which vowels are lowered, backed (and slightly derounded in the case of rounded vowels, it seems) when adjacent to o...
by sangi39
14 Nov 2019 21:46
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Are velarized vowels possible?
Replies: 11
Views: 153

Re: Are velarized vowels possible?

As with Pabappa, I've never come across "velarised vowels" and would suggest that they probably don't exist, at least in the same way the velarised consonants (consonants pronounced with the back of the tongue raised up towards the velum) do. However, as Creyeditor points out, vowels can sort of be ...
by sangi39
09 Nov 2019 03:38
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 285

Re: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic

STP/Discworld's Hex, although as usually tends to be the case with the Discworld, exactly how Hex works isn't really explained, although it's mostly a lot of wordplay and stuff based around computer-related jargon, like Hex's power source being powered by a waterwheel inside a sheep's skull (RAM), a...
by sangi39
06 Nov 2019 23:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Calculating lexical similarities
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Re: Calculating lexical similarities

Hello, I am interested in calculating lexical similarity between languages and dialects. I wonder what type of mathematics (calculus, algebra, etc.) would be used for these calculations. Did I put this in the right board? Anyways, thanks for reading this. There's lexicostatistics, I think, which ba...
by sangi39
05 Nov 2019 23:21
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to make a Celtic lostlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: How to make a Celtic lostlang?

I don't think the 'why' matters, does it? My point is that Vasconic is known from Aquitanian inscriptions - which I can't find solid details on but apparently are from the 3rd to 5th centuries? - and then from fragmentary sentences in Basque from the 11th century, with nothing in between. The fact ...
by sangi39
05 Nov 2019 21:20
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to make a Celtic lostlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: How to make a Celtic lostlang?

I'm with Sal, again, on the "already done" point. That hasn't stopped people making Romlangs, Germlangs, Slavlangs, etc. in areas that people have already tried putting them. Different histories and factors will have different affects on how languages might develop, giving conlangers freedom to take...
by sangi39
05 Nov 2019 21:17
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to make a Celtic lostlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: How to make a Celtic lostlang?

IIRC, the Celtic languages in Spain aren't attested beyond around the 2nd Century AD, presumably as a result of romanisation in the region, although that's just the written languages, so maybe there was a hold out population somewhere, but honestly it's probably easier to just say they weren't ther...
by sangi39
04 Nov 2019 22:57
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to make a Celtic lostlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: How to make a Celtic lostlang?

It probably depends a lot on what else is going beyond "Brittonic language spoken in northern Spain", e.g. how its speakers interact with the presumably native population, how neighbouring groups interact with them, the "status" the language holds (and the history behind that), etc. IIRC, the Celtic...
by sangi39
03 Nov 2019 12:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5791
Views: 1370442

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

Is Old/Middle Chinese not occasionally reconstructed with post-initial /j/ that was basically lost everywhere.
by sangi39
29 Oct 2019 23:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5791
Views: 1370442

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

Did you mean a chain shift, /l/ > /ɫ/, then /ʎ/ > /l/? That's more than realistic, as well as /ɲ/ > /j/ after the chain shift. Phase 1 happened in Polish, and phase 2 happened in Romanian. Are there any language that did both though? It would more than satisfy my mind, if there are examples of the ...
by sangi39
29 Oct 2019 19:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5791
Views: 1370442

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

Zekoslav wrote:
29 Oct 2019 16:01
Did you mean a chain shift, /l/ > /ɫ/, then /ʎ/ > /l/? That's more than realistic, as well as /ɲ/ > /j/ after the chain shift. Phase 1 happened in Polish, and phase 2 happened in Romanian.
Thank you! Polish! I knew somewhere in my head there was an example of /ʎ/ > /l/ [:D]
by sangi39
27 Oct 2019 18:30
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Phonemic inventory advice?
Replies: 12
Views: 579

Re: Phonemic inventory advice?

One more thing: can a conlang be copyrighted? As far as I'm aware... probably not. Assuming there even is a consensus (which likely varies from country to country anyway, and might even tie into how those countries handle things like fanfiction), it seems to be that, as with natlangs, you can copyr...
by sangi39
27 Oct 2019 17:15
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Phonemic inventory advice?
Replies: 12
Views: 579

Re: Phonemic inventory advice?

Okay... so I think it is time for me to introduce my conlang-in-progress. I am working on a modern "re-construction" of the Khotanese "Saka" language (extinct during the 11th c.). Backgrounds: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Khotan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saka_language I guess I shou...
by sangi39
27 Oct 2019 16:32
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Phonemic inventory advice?
Replies: 12
Views: 579

Re: Phonemic inventory advice?

dva_arla wrote:
27 Oct 2019 16:27
Btw, has somebody made a sound change database?
They have indeed! [:D] It's called the Index Diachronica, which you can find here as a PDF by language and here as a searchable site fro individual phonemes.
by sangi39
26 Oct 2019 17:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5791
Views: 1370442

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

I once again made the phoneme inventory first and started thinking about morphological processes later. So I have the consonant inventory below, and would like to have a Welsh-style system of word-initial consonant mutations. Ideas on how they could form a complete system? pʰ tʰ cʰ kʰ b d ɟ g m̥ʰ n...
by sangi39
26 Oct 2019 16:33
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Metal Thread
Replies: 241
Views: 83487

Re: Metal Thread

So, BabyMetal. I quite like them, although a few of their songs aren't to my taste, but they're always doing something new anyway, so that's bound to happen. Their latest album though seems very "mixed bag" and muddled (a few fairly "dancey" songs, followed by an Indian mix, then a piratey song, a c...
by sangi39
15 Oct 2019 20:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 68
Views: 27297

Re: English Dialects

Less on the lines of phonology, but I just wanted to share my favourite thing from up here in Yorkshire, which is the word "gizzit", a contraction of "give us it" where "us" means "(to) me" [:P]
by sangi39
14 Oct 2019 20:54
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 531
Views: 197088

Re: Other Creativity

Can anyone guess which scale this is supposed to play? [;)] https://i.postimg.cc/d1YYX4rm/IMG-20190915-105814.jpg I don't know enough about scales to guess a name, but is that four whole tones, a two-third tone, and a one-third tone, and then two more whole tones per octave? 0 : 261 : C 200 : 293 :...
by sangi39
13 Oct 2019 18:40
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 531
Views: 197088

Re: Other Creativity

Planning on adding a star fort to the ever-growing build on Minecraft: https://i.imgur.com/7rarOZS.png The main castle is getting repurposed entirely as basically a gigantic barracks area, under the direct control of an emperor (who basically acts as the supreme military leader of the nation), while...
by sangi39
13 Oct 2019 17:56
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 531
Views: 197088

Re: Other Creativity

Can anyone guess which scale this is supposed to play? [;)] https://i.postimg.cc/d1YYX4rm/IMG-20190915-105814.jpg I don't know enough about scales to guess a name, but is that four whole tones, a two-third tone, and a one-third tone, and then two more whole tones per octave? 0 : 261 : C 200 : 293 :...