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by InquisitorJL
20 Jul 2018 21:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 657
Views: 120332

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

I've not taken part in one of these before so I hope my ideas aren't too silly, but my initial guess is kʷɛsiʔ . My reasoning is as follows [kʷ] seems most likely for the initial, maybe splitting early to [k] and [p]>[f] [ɛ] seems like the vowel most in the "centre" of the vowels we see first. [ s] ...
by InquisitorJL
16 Oct 2017 00:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14446
Views: 1171553

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

I have some questions relating to language change. Do contractions have to be phonetically motivated, or can you have them form without sound changes? How do you get morphophonological changes where it looks like only certain common morphemes are effected by a particular sound change the rest of the...
by InquisitorJL
26 Sep 2017 18:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Speedlanging Challenge VII (22 - 25 September)
Replies: 57
Views: 7247

Re: Speedlanging Challenge VII (22 - 25 September)

@ InquisitorJL I guess I don't insult anybody if I say this is the most interesting of the langs of this challEnge. I also made a lang with Ossicone's story some year ago. There is much interesting stuff in your lang, of course not in the easiest form to read. Phonology is interesting with its stre...
by InquisitorJL
25 Sep 2017 15:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Speedlanging Challenge VII (22 - 25 September)
Replies: 57
Views: 7247

Re: Speedlanging Challange VII (22 - 25 September)

I was really excited when I saw this thread, I go through phases with conlanging and I was just coming into one after over a year of not really thinking about it. But it got to Monday and I had lots of rough ideas and nothing concrete to write down. So I've decided to challenge myself and go about i...
by InquisitorJL
22 Sep 2017 21:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Speedlanging Challenge VII (22 - 25 September)
Replies: 57
Views: 7247

Re: Speedlanging Challange VII (22 - 25 September)

Is there a time limit to time spent on the language, or just as much as you can do before the end date?
by InquisitorJL
22 Feb 2016 22:47
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is English a logographic writing system?
Replies: 71
Views: 7592

Re: Is English a logographic writing system?

During research on English spelling reform (in short: main barrier is vowels, rhotics and voicing in different dialects) I have come to the conclusion that English is at least partially logographic and will only become more so as time passes. Am I right to conclude this? Is English really logograph...
by InquisitorJL
22 Feb 2016 16:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: New Approach to Conlanging
Replies: 32
Views: 3025

Re: New Approach to Conlanging

My understanding of his argument is it goes something along the lines of: Models are a descriptive approximation, not an actual explanantion of how a language works or how something came about Conlangers learn models and follow them like dogma, without understanding what is going on underlyingly in ...
by InquisitorJL
15 Feb 2016 11:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Speedconlanging Weekend
Replies: 38
Views: 5078

Re: Speedconlanging Weekend

The amount you managed to come up with and write in only an hour is very impressive! Very nice work there! [:D] As I said, a lot of it was related to ideas I've already had for stuff I want to do anyway, but I've been too perfectionist to get down, I guess the time constraint and the fact I wouldn'...
by InquisitorJL
13 Feb 2016 18:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Speedconlanging Weekend
Replies: 38
Views: 5078

Re: Speedconlanging Weekend

I saw this initially about the time it was posted but I was going away for the weekend and had no time and just forgot about it. Thanks to a recent post I saw it again and decided to give it a go because I've had real trouble with progressing with language projects and kind of drifted away from the ...
by InquisitorJL
22 Oct 2015 18:18
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Realistic inflections
Replies: 1
Views: 756

Realistic inflections

If this is more appropriate for the Conlanging forum feel free to move it. I've been lurking around conlanging communities for 10 years now but never really made any progress with projects so I still feel very much like a beginner, even if I've read lots of stuff. Something I've been wondering about...
by InquisitorJL
12 Oct 2015 23:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: A mixed West Germanic language
Replies: 14
Views: 1430

Re: A mixed West Germanic language

Not make a conlang... Just translate the given passage to have a glimpse what it may look like. How can someone translate without first knowing the language, or in this case been as it is hypothetical, making it. We don't just *know* what this language would look like, at best without spending time...
by InquisitorJL
28 Sep 2015 21:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Difficulties with [ji] and [wu]
Replies: 4
Views: 997

Difficulties with [ji] and [wu]

In my current conlanging project I've been ending up with a lot of /ji/ and /wu/ in many different environments - word initially, following a consonant or a vowel. I initially saw no reason to include allophony but paying attention to my pronunciation I seem to be struggling with it. I looked for co...
by InquisitorJL
10 Sep 2015 22:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6827
Views: 788130

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

Historical linguistics question here, what causes stress patterns to change? It seems to be a pretty common thing to change over time, and a lot of further sound changes can come from it, but I don't actually know what causes it in the first place.
by InquisitorJL
21 Jan 2011 10:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Let's test our synaesthesia!
Replies: 35
Views: 3098

Re: Let's test our synaesthesia!

['viʌ] - doesn't really make me think of anything/could mean anything If I'd had to translate it as something it'd probably end up being 'meh' [uʒɛ'si] - a verb, maybe 'to see' or 'to feel' ['hodo] - some sort of title, like Mr. or sir [meɪ'ɑlɑ] - relaxation or sleep ['tæk] - a particle or conjuctio...
by InquisitorJL
25 Aug 2010 01:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: First Conlang: Aigean
Replies: 9
Views: 2825

Re: First Conlang: Aigean

a-priori: some of these ideas have been floating around my head for quite some time but I didn't have enough to put them all together. I have been reading about japanese and turkish recently, as well as dutch phonology - I wasn't intending to mimic these but I've felt some of my ideas have unintenti...
by InquisitorJL
25 Aug 2010 00:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: First Conlang: Aigean
Replies: 9
Views: 2825

Re: First Conlang: Aigean

It's late, and I'm going on holiday tomorrow, so I haven't got as much done as I like, but here is a quick look at nominal morphology, as well as an attempt at the first line of the babel text. Nominal Morphology Nouns are marked for number and case. Case markings for some cases vary depending on th...
by InquisitorJL
24 Aug 2010 14:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Weird Phrases from your Conlangs
Replies: 14
Views: 2644

Re: Weird Phrases from your Conlangs

Mahal wrote:My conlang: PUSH see-1SG.2SG
English: "the proposition that I saw you and/or I see you and/or I will see you is hereby pushed onto the stack"
Is this language based around computer architecture?
by InquisitorJL
23 Aug 2010 21:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: First Conlang: Aigean
Replies: 9
Views: 2825

Re: First Conlang: Aigean

Verbal Morphology Verbs are marked for voice, evidentiality, mood and the subject of the verb. They also take particles for marking a limited combined tense/aspect distinction. Verbal roots are distinguished between mono and polysyllabic roots, as well as roots ending in vowels or consonants. A mon...
by InquisitorJL
22 Aug 2010 22:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: First Conlang: Aigean
Replies: 9
Views: 2825

Re: First Conlang: Aigean

Something along the lines of Topic - Verb - (S) - (O). Whatever is the topic would be moved ahead of the verb. An example - using nom/acc for ease Subject as topic - The dog bit the man dog-TOP bite man-ACC Object as topic - The dog was bitten by the rat OR As for the dog, the rat bit it dog-TOP bit...
by InquisitorJL
22 Aug 2010 21:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: First Conlang: Aigean
Replies: 9
Views: 2825

First Conlang: Aigean

Looking back on my previous attempts at conlanging, Aijean (in the conlang called Haidje ) is probably the first time I have gotten far enough into a project before it could be called a conlang. I've read about lots of conlangs, and also written down vague collections of ideas before, but never prod...