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by Micamo
11 Oct 2016 03:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Linguistic purism in conlangs
Replies: 22
Views: 4783

Re: Linguistic purism in conlangs

Mithe believe their language, Mithara, has a sacred, spiritual power. They believe this power is reduced if they use loan-words or code-switching with other languages with it, or if non-mithe hear the language or see it written down. Mithe consider it sacrilege for a non-Mithe to know their language...
by Micamo
07 Oct 2016 19:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5756
Views: 1347348

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

Chagen wrote: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.
Sure: Agreement-defective paradigms for some TAM forms is quite common, especially when agreement is fused with TAM.
by Micamo
07 Oct 2016 19:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Alaian
Replies: 13
Views: 2485

Re: Alaian

OK I definitely see how this is related to rendaku except it basically ignores where compound words were joined. I like it. I don't follow the exclusion rule above that I have bolded. For the rule to take effect two or more of the first group must be present but none of the second group but the fir...
by Micamo
07 Oct 2016 00:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Alaian
Replies: 13
Views: 2485

Re: Alaian

Do these apply iteratively, i.e. is it local assimilation or vowel harmony? Iteratively: CaCaCi -> CiCiCi Does the first phonological process chage one phoneme into another regarding Byushi or is it allophonic? In other words, does a word that starts with /z/ [y] count as having a phoneme from the ...
by Micamo
06 Oct 2016 12:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Alaian
Replies: 13
Views: 2485

Re: Alaian

Frislander wrote:I do have a small thing: is this incorporation of definite nouns?
Yes
by Micamo
06 Oct 2016 04:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Alaian
Replies: 13
Views: 2485

Alaian

I'm probably not going to be conlanging anymore so I figured I'd post this stuff while I still could -------- Alai is an archipelago nation consisting of 7 large islands (and hundreds of smaller ones) off the western coast of the old Maskan empire, and was the last of its conquests before its final ...
by Micamo
29 Sep 2016 12:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 305437

Re: Yay or Nay?

felipesnark wrote:Is it inconsistent to have /ii/ > /ji/ > /je/ but not /wi/ > /we/?
Not at all.
by Micamo
29 Sep 2016 09:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 305437

Re: Yay or Nay?

IMO, the two problems you're worried about here aren't really problems at all: If you think it really needs changing, I'd do so by adding some irregular suppletive plural forms rather than simplifying your rules. ----------- As for me, I haven't touched any of my conlangs in months but today I got t...
by Micamo
26 Sep 2016 17:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Speedlanging Weekend III
Replies: 49
Views: 6780

Re: CBB Speedlanging Weekend III

If I have time and some ideas, I'll attempt it. No promises though.
by Micamo
26 Sep 2016 07:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Speedlanging Weekend II - [Now Operational!]
Replies: 49
Views: 5442

Re: CBB Speedlanging Weekend II - [Now Operational!]

Oh, thought I replied to Des here but forgot. Apart from the aesthetic, I'm intrigued by the structure of the last word, which seems to incorporate the recipient rather than the theme, which is highly unusual if I'm not mistaken. It's supposed to work like classical ainu, where "give" incorporates t...
by Micamo
18 Sep 2016 23:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5756
Views: 1347348

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

Is it attested in natlangs with heavy morphophonology to make a distinction in said processes between various kinds of morphemes? Yes: This is the defining difference between conjunct and disjunct verb prefixes in Athabaskan langs, for example. As for what you want to do in Kirronga, yes, it's fine.
by Micamo
02 Sep 2016 18:28
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 317
Views: 97394

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

Egerius wrote:What would happen to people born with missing limbs, or as siamese twins? And what about people born with a parasitic twin, which makes them look as if the involved individual had more limbs to use (but, obviously, can't)?
I dunno! That's the fun part.
by Micamo
02 Sep 2016 18:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 317
Views: 97394

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

Had a brainstorming session this morning, probably won't use any of these: - A society where some factor consistently kills off all adults by the age of 20, but leaves kids alone. How would they adapt? - A society with a status game where the more missing limbs you have, the higher your status. Indi...
by Micamo
12 Aug 2016 19:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5756
Views: 1347348

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. It's when you take a transitive verb and turn it into an intransitive one by dropping the object, similar to ...
by Micamo
10 Aug 2016 08:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5756
Views: 1347348

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

A lot of languages with an inalienable/alienable possession distinction use the alienable possession construction with normally inalienable nouns to mean this. I'm sure there's some natlang out there that has this as a dedicated thing.
by Micamo
08 Aug 2016 21:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random ideas: Morphosyntax
Replies: 215
Views: 108132

Re: Random ideas: Morphosyntax

True, but the requirement for nominalization morphology on verb roots to appear in nominal positions is enough to prove that a category distinction does exist, though the language conspires to hide it well.
by Micamo
08 Aug 2016 20:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random ideas: Morphosyntax
Replies: 215
Views: 108132

Re: Random ideas: Morphosyntax

Salishan languages can be analyzed as having no nouns, only verbs. There are arguments against it, but i haven't read them. The main argument is that, although any noun can be zero-derived into a predicate in salishan languages (and wakashan), you can't do the same thing with verbs: A noun can occu...
by Micamo
08 Aug 2016 20:05
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Indicating a word's part of speech through morphemes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1316

Re: Indicating a word's part of speech through morphemes?

Conlangs: Probably, though I've never seen it specifically. Probably in some engelang somewhere. Natlangs: No. Closest you get are the obligatory gender-number affixes you see in families like Iroquoian and Bantu, but they aren't what you want for 2 reasons. 1. The affixes aren't used exclusively to...
by Micamo
30 Jul 2016 15:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1030823

Re: What did you accomplish today?

It cannot be a mood because the verb is deranked. If it were a mood, then you would see verbal case markers taking infixed person-markers. This "demonstrative verb" strategy deranks the verb, and thus verbal case markers do not possess infixed person markers. Plenty of languages require special non...