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by wakeagainstthefall
12 Dec 2012 04:53
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Less European
Replies: 21
Views: 3807

Less European

/p b t d k g ts ɸ β θ ð s z ʃ ʒ χ ħ m n r ʀ l j/ /χ/ = voiceless uvular fricative, not voiceless velar fricative. How could I make my phoneme inventory less European and possibly more Semitic (along the lines of Biblical Hebrew) without changing it too drastically? The main goal is just to make it a...
by wakeagainstthefall
11 Dec 2012 22:47
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Neuter Nouns
Replies: 18
Views: 1845

Re: Neuter Nouns

So having a marked accusative case would be rather unusual for an IE case system language?
by wakeagainstthefall
11 Dec 2012 19:51
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Neuter Nouns
Replies: 18
Views: 1845

Neuter Nouns

In Greek, Latin, and other Indo-European languages with case systems, the nominative and accusative endings are the same, singular and plural, when the noun is neuter. Is that a characteristic of neuter nouns in languages with case systems in general or is this just a phenomenon in Indo-European lan...
by wakeagainstthefall
23 Nov 2012 03:20
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Tense vs. Aspect
Replies: 8
Views: 1975

Re: Tense vs. Aspect

Koine Greek is somewhat difficult, but at the same time, having studied Latin, most of its grammatical constructions make perfect sense to me and are therefore accessible. But Hebrew... It's the product of a completely different culture and general worldview. It just baffles my Western mind.
by wakeagainstthefall
23 Nov 2012 03:02
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Tense vs. Aspect
Replies: 8
Views: 1975

Tense vs. Aspect

One of the goals of making my conlang is making it have characteristics similar to Koine Greek and biblical Hebrew, with some of its own unique aspects as well. I was reading about biblical Hebrew verbs and was surprised to learn (only being experienced with Indo-European languages) that verbs were ...
by wakeagainstthefall
30 May 2012 00:52
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Mixing Languages
Replies: 20
Views: 1951

Re: Mixing Languages

But does it have to be SVO, isolating, and analytic? Perhaps if you tell us what you would like in your creole, we might be better able to help you? I'd like the creole to maintain lots of grammatical features of both languages and not stray too far from them. But I would want it not to be mixed in...
by wakeagainstthefall
29 May 2012 22:37
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Mixing Languages
Replies: 20
Views: 1951

Re: Mixing Languages

If you make a creole, keep in mind that it will probably end up as SVO, isolating, and analytic no matter the parent languages. For instance, Chinuk Wawa's parents were the highly polysynthetic languages of the Pacific Northwest, but they gave birth to an isolating language. But does it have to be ...
by wakeagainstthefall
29 May 2012 09:00
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Mixing Languages
Replies: 20
Views: 1951

Re: Mixing Languages

This may be a stupid question, but would a creole language retain the beauty and prestige of the parent languages? Seeing a book about creoles with the title Bastard Tongues makes me worry that making a creole of the two may be degrading to the original languages, especially when they're Classical l...
by wakeagainstthefall
29 May 2012 06:49
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Mixing Languages
Replies: 20
Views: 1951

Re: Mixing Languages

How do you make a creole?
by wakeagainstthefall
28 May 2012 20:59
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Mixing Languages
Replies: 20
Views: 1951

Re: Mixing Languages

So for nouns I could make, say, a case system with a nominative, accusative, status construct, and a dative case with common noun endings from all 3?
by wakeagainstthefall
28 May 2012 00:16
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Mixing Languages
Replies: 20
Views: 1951

Mixing Languages

I have a new idea about a conlang, but I'm not quite sure how to go about it. I want to mix Biblical Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic into a new language. But how? Should I base the phonology on one language and the lexicon based mainly on the other two languages or is it possible to completely mix them a...
by wakeagainstthefall
24 May 2012 00:46
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Ruic
Replies: 9
Views: 1368

Re: Ruic

I prefer /ɛ ɔ/ to /e o/ myself. /e/ sounds too much like /i/ and /o/ sounds too much like /u/, from the pronunciations on this website . If you listen closely, /e/ actually sounds more like /eɪ/. In general it's a very European-esque system, but I lay no judgement in that. Also, <ç> for /ʒ/ strikes...
by wakeagainstthefall
23 May 2012 01:53
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Ruic
Replies: 9
Views: 1368

Re: Ruic

I'd transcribe your <y> as /y/, possibly also <e o> as /e o/. ;( Why? Does it just serve as a more general description of the phoneme? Also agreeing with Solarius, you might wanna review the assymetry of /ɸ v/, and the retroflex l seems a bit out of place. I like the /r ʀ/ contrast though. ;( Can't...
by wakeagainstthefall
21 May 2012 21:18
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Ruic
Replies: 9
Views: 1368

Ruic

Alright, I've been working on a slightly different orthography and have been organizing my phonology. I'll wait on phonotactics until I get the OK on this (don't worry, I have ideas.) Vowels: /a ɛ i ɔ u ʏ/ <a e i o u y> (I haven't decided on whether I should have a vowel lengthening system yet.) Con...
by wakeagainstthefall
28 Apr 2012 23:28
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Conlanger Fora
Replies: 2
Views: 957

Re: Other Conlanger Fora

Yes, thank you.
by wakeagainstthefall
26 Apr 2012 22:03
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Conlanger Fora
Replies: 2
Views: 957

Other Conlanger Fora

Do any of you know of any other sites for conlangers? Not that you guys aren't great, I just want to make sure I get more opinions and help for my own conlang. I looked on UniLang, but the first conlang thread I saw was an English copy. Like seriously, the phonology was exactly the same. And they do...
by wakeagainstthefall
25 Apr 2012 02:38
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Organizing my conlang
Replies: 46
Views: 5282

Re: Organizing my conlang

Alright, I've been working on a slightly different orthography and have been organizing my phonology. I'll wait on phonotactics until I get the OK on this (don't worry, I have ideas.) Vowels: /a ɛ i ɔ u ʏ/ <a e i o u ou> (I haven't decided on whether I should have a vowel lengthening system yet.) Co...
by wakeagainstthefall
23 Apr 2012 21:01
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Split Ergativity vs. pure (?) Ergativity
Replies: 33
Views: 3265

Re: Split Ergativity vs. pure (?) Ergativity

Is it common though? I don't want to do it if it's cliche.
by wakeagainstthefall
23 Apr 2012 02:54
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Status Constructus
Replies: 14
Views: 1555

Re: Status Constructus

Yeah, that's similar to Latin, but lately I've been playing with the idea of having no adpositions at all and having their meaning expressed by case instead.
by wakeagainstthefall
22 Apr 2012 20:03
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Status Constructus
Replies: 14
Views: 1555

Re: Status Constructus

Yes, but say I took "rerum" out and wanted to say "on nature" by itself.