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by Xing
25 Aug 2016 22:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kwanjir
Replies: 15
Views: 1849

Re: Kwanjir

The verb kial means "to go". In itself, its tense-neutral. It can – depending on context, be interpreted as past, future or present. It can be combined with prepositions: At kial ki manjat. – "She went to the house." At kial kan manjat. – "She went from the house." The axillary verb panjak may be us...
by Xing
23 Aug 2016 21:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1030282

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I've actually made an alternative orthography for Kwanjir, that uses <tj dj j> instead of <c j y> for /ʧ ʤ j/. I could use it if I wanted to give the language a more continental flavour.
by Xing
22 Aug 2016 20:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kwanjir
Replies: 15
Views: 1849

Re: Kwanjir

I think I'll use a pronominal system from an old lang of mine – that distinguishes masculine and feminine gender not only in the third person, but also in the first and second person singular: (masc – fem – neut – plur) 1p: man – mat – (ma) – mar 2p: tan – tat – (ta) – tar 3p: an – at – a – ar Since...
by Xing
21 Aug 2016 22:08
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Waku (lessons)
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

Waku lesson #5

Lesson five / Kumui ikka Where is the cat? –Nea aki wara? –Nea i puili o kelu kia. –Mwe kelu? –Kelu i mettepana. –E aki luki? –Me kutaa kia i penngo o paee i lere. Vocabulary aki – where? i puili o – beneath, under kelu – table mettepana - living room luki – dog kutaa – to hid i penngo o – behind p...
by Xing
20 Aug 2016 22:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Most hated conlang
Replies: 43
Views: 15715

Re: Most hated conlang

Zumir wrote:Do you know of any conlangs that are a dependable source of facepalms? If so, do tell!
Maybe Vötgil?

Or more generally, any "hey, look at my new lang that I've spend 7 years creating that has no flaws and that will solve the world's problems if everyone learned it"-auxlang.
by Xing
20 Aug 2016 22:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kwanjir
Replies: 15
Views: 1849

Re: Kwanjir

/p t ʧ k kᵂ/ <p t c k kw> /b d ʤ g gᵂ/ <p t j g gw> Are /p t/ and /b d/ both meant to be romanized as <p t>, or is this a typo? I think I've seen some instances of <b d> below. Just a typo. /a/ may be realised as [ɒ~ɔ] after /kᵂ gᵂ/. Does this also happen after /w/? Possibly, depending on one's -le...
by Xing
18 Aug 2016 21:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kwanjir
Replies: 15
Views: 1849

Re: Kwanjir

Can I ask if there are any patterns to gender assignment, or is the assignment for non-humans arbitrary? Probably more or less arbitrary – though possibly some patterns may emerge as a develop the language further. Also, the system does look somewhat European, but there will be languages in other p...
by Xing
18 Aug 2016 15:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kwanjir
Replies: 15
Views: 1849

Re: Kwanjir

Noun phrases Nouns may be masculine, feminine or neuter. Sometimes, the gender may be guessed from the final consonant. But this is far from consistent. Many nouns end in <-an> for masculine, <-at> for feminine, and <-a> for neuter. To form the plural of such nouns, simply replace <an/at/a> with th...
by Xing
18 Aug 2016 12:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kwanjir
Replies: 15
Views: 1849

Kwanjir

Kwanjir [ˈkᵂɒṉʤɪ(ɾ)] Phonology /p t ʧ k kᵂ/ <p t c k kw> /b d ʤ g gᵂ/ <b d j g gw> /m n ŋ/ <m n ng> /l r/ <l r> /j w/ <j w> /i a u/ <i a u> Phonotactics/phonological restraints: The general syllable structure is (C)V(C). /kᵂ gᵂ/ can only appear word-initially. The distinction between /k g/ and /kᵂ ...
by Xing
13 Aug 2016 09:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1346775

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

Sorry, I just made an error in the glosses. It should of course be the ABS in both the antipassive and the regular intransitive.
by Xing
12 Aug 2016 22:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 364
Views: 146418

Re: English Orthography Reform

The only thing that really strikes me as unusual is the caught-court merger. I'm pretty sure one of the two is long (namely caught), but wikipedia says both pronunciations are valid, so I'm not too sure on that issue. Isn't "caught" and "court" homophones in most forms of RP/SSBE, as well as in mos...
by Xing
12 Aug 2016 21:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1346775

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

One more question. What exactly is the antipassive voice? I know it is a feature in ergative languages. I couldn't find much on it through Google, and I appreciate examples of how it works. Basically, what Micamo said. English is relatively liberal when it comes to valency-change in verbs. Many ver...
by Xing
12 Aug 2016 20:30
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Waku (lessons)
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

Waku lesson #4

Lesson four / Kumui appa How old are you? –Mwenne roko ngou? –Mai kore tenga oa roko. –Nea o ngou nare? –Tawi. Nea o mai oa nare. Teki ngami e teki loki. –Kikia mwenne roko? –Ngami ikka roko, e loki kore roko. Vocabulary mwenne – how many? how much? roko – year kore tenga oa – thirty-two nare – chi...
by Xing
10 Aug 2016 17:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: 3<54>32>2.1>2.3< (The Bird's Speech)
Replies: 9
Views: 884

Re: 3<54>32>2.1>2.3< (The Bird's Speech)

Cool. I would call it "Language of the Birds" and also I wouldn't use volume phonemically since that makes it harder to communicate with people over long distances (or short ones, e.g. whispering). Many natlangs use volume phonemically (every language with phonetic stress). In any language, it's ha...
by Xing
08 Aug 2016 07:47
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Waku (lessons)
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

Waku lesson #3

Lesson three / Kumui kore In this lesson, we shall have a look at some basic sentence construction, and on negation. A simple intransitive sentence may consist of a verb – usually preceded by an aspect marker – and a subject nominal. Me lemei mwena . – The man is working. Me miwi einga. – The woman...
by Xing
07 Aug 2016 19:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Language Theft
Replies: 65
Views: 4443

Re: Language Theft

A criminal syndicate could decide to use Norwegian as their working-language, and there wouldn't be much the Norwegian authorities could do. They could of course bring the syndicate to court if they committed crimes on Norwegian soil – but speaking Norwegian would hardly be a crime. The thing about...
by Xing
06 Aug 2016 16:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Language Theft
Replies: 65
Views: 4443

Re: Language Theft

A fully realized conlang is not an idea. It is a piece of work produced from them. The linguistics itself is the collection of free for use ideas in this case, but the conlang is a concrete, original piece of work, not even like a natural language in the respect that it is explicitly created by one...
by Xing
06 Aug 2016 15:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Language Theft
Replies: 65
Views: 4443

Re: Language Theft

So I don't have to be paranoid that someone will see a language I made on the Internet, then jack it to use in a major commercial work, but in a completely different context than I designed it for, and screw up the language (pronunciation, pragmatics, etc.) to boot? It's a theoretical risk. But for...
by Xing
06 Aug 2016 14:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1030282

Re: What did you accomplish today?

A brief little sketch: /p t ʧ k/ <p t kj k> /m n ɲ ŋ/ <m n nj ng> /l r/ <l r> /w j/ <w j> /i a u/ <i a u> wara [waːɾə] – to see warra [warːə] – to look warana [waːɾ(a)nə] – to show ninga [niːŋə] – to hear ninnga [niŋːə] – to listen ningana [niːŋ(a)nə] – to tell japa [jaːbə] – to jump aka [aːgə] – t...
by Xing
06 Aug 2016 11:38
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Waku (lessons)
Replies: 8
Views: 2865

Waku – lesson #2

Lesson two / Kumui oa This is basically a continuation of lesson one. In lesson one, we learnt how to ask simple questions of the kind: Who are you? There is also another kind of questions, which we shall have a look at in this lesson. Are you the teacher? –Miakeili ngou? –Lio. Nea ngaa kia. –Mwi n...