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by Chagen
19 Oct 2016 04:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Pazmat mk.II (NP: Roadmap for future posts)
Replies: 36
Views: 13218

Re: Pazmat mk.II (NP: Roadmap for future posts)

The Current State of Pazmat This is not, mostly, a post on new things in Pazmat. Instead, it's a reminder by me that this language still exists, and that I am still working on it. I stopped working on Pazmat extensively over half a year ago. There are various reasons for this, such as simply growin...
by Chagen
19 Oct 2016 02:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028271

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I have bounced around a few new ideas in my head for Pazmat, most prominent of which is altering er-stems a little bit. Now their definite singulars will be in -yū-: cṛsyūva "with the girl", vēgyūmi briqīyūmi "with the thick book". This also means they now take the same case endings as their ar-stem...
by Chagen
19 Oct 2016 01:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Draconic Languages
Replies: 3
Views: 772

Re: The Draconic Languages

nice (: and the dragons sound pretty much human in terms of behavior lol Great job done, Chagen! Eh, I was actually worried I had made them TOO extreme in their treatment of the lower castes, especially the Vulgar. I was worried that I sounded too gleeful about the rape and abuse the Vulgars reciev...
by Chagen
14 Oct 2016 21:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Draconic Languages
Replies: 3
Views: 772

The Draconic Languages

This idea came to me yesterday and I quickly worked on it in an insomnia-induced daze. This is an overview of the unique peculiarities of the Drakania, a race in one of my conworlds named Altacia. This is not a detailed description of any one language, though I have been working on one particular Dr...
by Chagen
14 Oct 2016 05:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028271

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I'm thinking of sketching out the details of the languages for a race of dragon people in one of my conworlds. These draconic peoples are split into five extremely rigid castes. All of the castes are humanoid, and only the highest caste can sustain a true draconic form (that is, the stereotypical bi...
by Chagen
13 Oct 2016 04:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 680
Views: 175983

Re: False cognates

The Japanese word for "name" is 名前 namae. Even for a false cognate, that's noticeably similar. You could throw in PIE's version and its reflexes in the IE languages, since they all have nVm
by Chagen
13 Oct 2016 04:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5737
Views: 1344401

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

I've always thought of (modifier) "what" and "quel" as determiners, rather than adjectives. For example, in both English and French, nouns modified by adjectives can also take articles (e.g. the old car, la vieille voiture). But a noun modified by "what" or "quel" can't take an article (e.g. * the ...
by Chagen
13 Oct 2016 04:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028271

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I've made minor changes to Pazmat. Namely, that the 2nd conjugation 2S is now -ō . I like it better than the old -ot (I do like final /t/, but it doesn't really fit here), and it fits with the other singular markers being single long vowels: 1S -ī and 3S -ū . This will probably not be the only chang...
by Chagen
13 Oct 2016 04:03
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 1198
Views: 283152

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

にとりとみっく feat. AO by TAMAONSEN I love TAMAONSEN so goddamn much and AO is one reason why. His voice is just so. freakin'. ADORABLE. It's just infection. He also has a very unusual pronounciation that makes me wonder if he's speaking a non-standard dialect. Stuff like ikimahyo ka? for (I think) ikima...
by Chagen
13 Oct 2016 03:47
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Syllabic /n/ (and other things) in Japanese singing
Replies: 12
Views: 2456

Re: Syllabic /n/ (and other things) in Japanese singing

I have most definitely noticed this in many Japanese songs. For instance this one, at 0:23 where they sing kanra kanra to warai yamanu haratsudzumi , the beginning is very obviously [ka.ɴ.ɾa ka.ɴ.ɾa]. I have always found it very odd that this moraic nasal is uvular in Japanese, though. The phoneme w...
by Chagen
11 Oct 2016 05:12
Forum: Translations
Topic: Are you learning a new language?
Replies: 24
Views: 12943

Re: Are you learning a new language?

:con: Pazmat:

gṛbmētya soybufe?
new-speak.INDEF-ACC learn-IMPERF-2S

mata'cya soybufe?
language=what-ACC learn-IMPERF-2S

In the second sentence you can see Pazmat's unusual characteristic of using "what" as a sort of pseudo-case-suffix.
by Chagen
11 Oct 2016 04:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5737
Views: 1344401

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

Is it plausible to treat "what" as an adjective modifying a noun? I've just come to realize that it sometimes can be viewed as one in English. For instance, in "what car are you driving", "what" is for all intents and purposes an adjective. I'm thus thinking of making Pazmat's word for "what", ac- ,...
by Chagen
11 Oct 2016 03:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028271

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I am currently working on a story that uses some Sanskrit for flavor (mainly as a language for one character's magical incantations). From this, I've gotten an urge to use compounds more often in Pazmat. It sounds fun, does something I don't usually see in other conlangs, and would strengthen its Sa...
by Chagen
07 Oct 2016 20:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028271

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Japan's lack of well-spoken and attested relatives really hurts here. Japanese does have relatives, some with fairly reasonable documentation: see Ryukyuan Languages . Note that I said "lack of well-spoken and attested relatives". The Ryuyukan languages are all nearly dead and we have almost nothin...
by Chagen
07 Oct 2016 19:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5737
Views: 1344401

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

Is it plausible for a language to mark person only in realis verbs but leave it realis verbs unmarked for person? I am planning on doing this for Sunbyaku.
by Chagen
05 Oct 2016 00:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028271

Re: What did you accomplish today?

What I want to know was how the verbs became split into two classes in the first place. My experience in linguistics has taught me that languages never ever split things arbitrarily. I used to have an old gamer from the 20's on Old Japanese, but I lost the files. Well, yodan are roots that end in c...
by Chagen
03 Oct 2016 17:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028271

Re: What did you accomplish today?

What I want to know was how the verbs became split into two classes in the first place. My experience in linguistics has taught me that languages never ever split things arbitrarily. I used to have an old gamer from the 20's on Old Japanese, but I lost the files. This is one of Pazmat's biggest flaw...
by Chagen
03 Oct 2016 04:16
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to make a non-concatenative language
Replies: 7
Views: 1573

Re: How to make a non-concatenative language

It's hard. Very hard. I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner, especially since many conlangers, even venerable ones, have really skewed/incorrect views on how Semitic tri-literal roots actually work. However, one thing I do recommend is having a proto-language which is not non-concatenative and deri...
by Chagen
03 Oct 2016 02:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028271

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I suppose it will work. Before I got the sense that you were mixing the subject and the topic, but perhaps I misread or misremembered. I don't see a real problem having voicing dissimilation. Seems like an interesting idea. It isn't full voicing dissimilation; it only applies to voiceless consonant...
by Chagen
03 Oct 2016 01:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028271

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I'm not sure why I couldn't have both--it would just have different uses than the Japanese topic. A Sunbyaku topic would thus usually be translated as a literal "as for X/speaking of X/concerning X": cat=TOP very.much like-1S Speaking of cats, I like them very much As opposed to cat=DIREC very.much ...