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by Xing
06 Jul 2017 20:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Atlas: new auxlang
Replies: 245
Views: 35272

Re: Atlas: new auxlang

Different vowels is similar sounds to you? Especially when we are talking about vowels with very different sounds? Yes, if two words are distinct only by a single vowel – especially an unstressed one – the are very similar, and might easily get confused in a noisy environment. The same is true, for...
by Xing
06 Jul 2017 11:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Atlas: new auxlang
Replies: 245
Views: 35272

Re: Atlas: new auxlang

You would have a problem in other languages too. The point is that you should not have similar-sounding words in the same semantic domain. Say, if "beri" means blue, and "bere" means red, it might easily lead to mishearings. ("Did you mean the blue car or the red car?"). Better to have two differen...
by Xing
02 Jul 2017 23:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Atlas: new auxlang
Replies: 245
Views: 35272

Re: Atlas: new auxlang

So, is having a biological body a prerequisite for being considered animate? Well there are hundreds of definitions of what "alive" means, so that should be quite clear. I don't know what you are thinking about, but if it is Mickey Mouse (as before) then I would say that for starters that it is obv...
by Xing
02 Jul 2017 22:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Atlas: new auxlang
Replies: 245
Views: 35272

Re: Atlas: new auxlang

Rodiniye wrote: In reference to other comments, yes a ghost is abstract, the bear in your wardrobe is concrete, etc.
So, is having a biological body a prerequisite for being considered animate?
by Xing
02 Jul 2017 21:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Atlas: new auxlang
Replies: 245
Views: 35272

Re: Atlas: new auxlang

GamerGeek wrote:
Xing wrote:...Elvis Presley, Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse...
:roll:
I want to know whether they're alive or not [:)]
by Xing
02 Jul 2017 21:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Atlas: new auxlang
Replies: 245
Views: 35272

Re: Atlas: new auxlang

Exactly. They are both not animate. Whatever you think about god, it would probably fall into the abstract category. The wind, as a meteorological process, is classified as not animate - abstract too. What about ghosts, spirits, mythological creatures, the devil, Cthulhu, Elvis Presley, Santa Claus...
by Xing
02 Jul 2017 17:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Atlas: new auxlang
Replies: 245
Views: 35272

Re: Atlas: new auxlang

Have you considered the possibility that gender might become grammaticalised? What do you mean by this? I could have expressed my self clearer. What I meant was that if people frequently use the gendered forms of the pronouns, they might start to regard those forms as the unmarked ones. So that the...
by Xing
01 Jul 2017 19:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Atlas: new auxlang
Replies: 245
Views: 35272

Re: Atlas: new auxlang

Sentence structure - adjectives to appear behind the noun. Adverbial complements tend to appear between the Subject and the Verb, although this is not 100% strict. It was the order between adjectives I was wondering about (in the cases where several adjectives modify a noun). The same for adverbial...
by Xing
01 Jul 2017 07:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Atlas: new auxlang
Replies: 245
Views: 35272

Re: Atlas: new auxlang

Some random thoughts, as I was reading through the grammar. Sentence structure Are there any rules concerning the order of adjectives, or of adverbial complements? Nouns Where do you draw the line between animate and inanimate nouns? (Or between "animals" and "vegetables"?) What about amoebae, bact...
by Xing
14 Jun 2017 19:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: New international language, Rodinian, after 11 years of work
Replies: 53
Views: 6332

Re: New international language, Rodinian, after 11 years of

- Why gender? Good for accuracy. There are more straightforward ways to indicate the gender of something, when that is necessary. You could just use regular compounds ("man-cat", "woman-cat"), or adjectives ("male dog", "female dog"). There is no need to have dedicated morphemes to created gendered...
by Xing
03 Jan 2017 15:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 146233

Re: English Orthography Reform

No, but there can be other consequences, depending on context: not being taken seriously, having points docked by your teacher, failing to find/keep a job, getting shot by a panda, etc. People have lots of reasons for conforming to societal rules and expectations other than the law. But still, no o...
by Xing
02 Jan 2017 22:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 146233

Re: English Orthography Reform

Here's my radical idea: let people spell anyway they want. Everything goes, so long as it is readable. I think over time the spelling system would be more regularized due to the popularity of some forms of spelling winning out. What stops people from writing however they want, here and now? General...
by Xing
09 Dec 2016 16:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kwanjir
Replies: 15
Views: 1846

Re: Kwanjir

I've made a website for Kwanjir.

Various things have changed.
by Xing
06 Dec 2016 17:52
Forum: Translations
Topic: The Priest Wrote the King a Letter
Replies: 48
Views: 5895

Re: The Priest Wrote the King a Letter

:con: Kwanjir

Gwirdan circar circu i Kwahan.
priest write letter DAT king
[ˈgᵂiːdɐn ˈʧiːʧɐ ˈʧiːʧʊ ʏ‿ˈkᵂɒːhɐn]

:con: Waku

Ko temu a kinna teli o wilu.
PFV write ERG priest letter DAT king
[ko tʲeːm aː kɨnʲːa tʲeːli o ɰiːl]
by Xing
14 Oct 2016 21:15
Forum: Translations
Topic: There will be a king
Replies: 7
Views: 1086

There will be a king

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N481mAKxLUg :gbr: –Great idea. Who needs a king? No king no king lalalalalala... –Idiots! There will be a king! –Hey, but you said... –I will be king. Stick with me, and you'll never go hungry again. :con: Waku –Tepu lairi. Mwei naee yela? Kuri yela lalalalalala –loip...
by Xing
02 Oct 2016 10:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Gender ideology in languages
Replies: 46
Views: 7493

Re: Gender ideology in languages

Squall wrote:
'hen' is used for children, because they have not chosen their gender.
This is not generally true. Though could always find some progressive ideologist in some hipster neighbourhood who would insist on that, it's not something that people generally do.
by Xing
27 Sep 2016 22:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What I have been working on
Replies: 80
Views: 12746

Re: What I have been working on

Does the language have any grammar?
by Xing
04 Sep 2016 21:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028707

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I've been working on a "traditional" numeral system for Waku. Basic numerals are represented by letters, usually written in small caps: ı – 1 ᴏ – 2 ᴋ – 3 ᴀ – 4 ʏ – 5 ʏı – 6 ʏᴏ – 7 ʏᴋ - 8 ʏᴀ – 9 ᴛ – 10 ʟ – 100 w – 1000 x – 10000 A smaller numeral before a larger indicates multiplication; a smaller nu...
by Xing
03 Sep 2016 18:34
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Waku (lessons)
Replies: 8
Views: 2860

Re: Waku lesson #6

Lesson six / Kumui ikka teki Dialogue 1 –Ko laka o aki kia? –Ko laka o miakairu kikia. Ko naee a kia watti lonngu. –Maro ko laka a kia teki idde i takii. Vocabulary: laka – to go naee – to need watti – to buy lonngu – sausage idde – hour i takki – before, earlier, ago Translation: –Where did he go?...
by Xing
27 Aug 2016 21:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kwanjir
Replies: 15
Views: 1846

Re: Kwanjir

There is a perfect participle, which may be used to form resultative constructions. The perfect participle is formed by adding the usual adjective endings to verbs: kial – "to go" kialat – gone (feminine) kialan – gone (masculine) kiala – gone (neuter) kialar – gone (plural) Together with micim (whi...