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by idov
14 Jun 2015 13:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2111
Views: 319151

Re: Yay or Nay?

This is a really simple question. So for saying "I speak English" 1.SG speak English Should I go Akuriga kolen yetya ekasatraya Akuriga in 1.SG speak.SG or Yetya ekasatraya Akuriga 1.SG speak.SG Akuriga ? Well, the first one avoids that the language spoken needs to have different roles depending on...
by idov
09 Jun 2015 17:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2111
Views: 319151

Re: Yay or Nay?

Yay or Nay?
Seasons are expressed with verbs.

3sg.INAN happen-PST when previous year summer-PST
It happened when last year summered.
It happened last summer.
by idov
29 May 2015 14:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Orthographic quirks in natlangs
Replies: 127
Views: 17940

Re: Orthographic quirks in natlangs

GrandPiano wrote:There are a whole bunch of others, too, which you can see if you go here and search "vv" or "v$". I was just giving a few more examples.
There are many more, have I discovered.
by idov
17 May 2015 20:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Most Average Conlang Ever, NP: Qmachah!
Replies: 49
Views: 11792

Re: The Most Average Conlang Ever, NP: Revamp

His language is very average if you ask WALS. The language would be just as average if it was /a i u e o/ according to their chapters, but kanejam wanted to be as interesting as possible within the parameters. That's partly why the great revamp happened in the first place.
by idov
15 May 2015 23:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Reverse CBB Lexicon Building
Replies: 1100
Views: 392198

Re: Reverse CBB Lexicon Building

ríeçtirs [ɾjɛɕˈtɪɾs]
Hedgehog or porcupine. I don't really care as long as it's something full of spiky stuff.
Next: Guff [gufː] adj. or n.
by idov
13 May 2015 11:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Femsha
Replies: 19
Views: 4060

Re: Femsha

<ı> can never be stressed in Femsha. Okay, that seems great so far. /ɑˈsə.sʊm/ 'saints' Wait... What? [:|] With the sole exception of that I can't find anything wrong. The certainity plural is a great idea that I myself think I've been pondering one time or another. Vowel harmony is something we se...
by idov
06 May 2015 02:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Orthographic quirks in natlangs
Replies: 127
Views: 17940

Re: Orthographic quirks in natlangs

English orthography has a pretty regular rule that no word can end in <v> or have a doubled <v>, but these are quirks. But what about "savvy"? Natqgu was actually posted by opipik in the romanization game the day after. Grand Piano did it like this: Ccoat oupile naaoulapeappeule niccu meu eumatiu s...
by idov
05 May 2015 13:59
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What nouns do I create first?
Replies: 15
Views: 2079

Re: What nouns do I create first?

I recommend thinking about what concepts should not be composed of other concepts and then create them first. Just take as an example 'watermelon' which isn´t one unit but rather composed out of two different words, water and melon. In many other languages, 'watermelon' is called something related t...
by idov
30 Apr 2015 00:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Distinctions and mergers in your conlang
Replies: 13
Views: 2824

Re: Distinctions and mergers in your conlang

Squall wrote: In the conlang, one plays 'with the instrument', not 'the instrument'.
Was that just the stealthiest linguistic pun of all time?
by idov
27 Apr 2015 22:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: MASD: Maximally Analyzed Semantic Derivation (scratchpad)
Replies: 15
Views: 2071

Re: MASD: Maximally Analyzed Semantic Derivation (scratchpad

Well yes, obviously one cannot get less sound than no sound at all, and one cannot divide energy into smaller units than quanta. But on the subjects of linguistics, I don't even find the "parent-as-a-noun-or-verb" dilemma a problem. Let's say one composes a 'perfect' language where 'parent' function...
by idov
20 Apr 2015 17:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Unique and/or odd distinctions
Replies: 185
Views: 21128

Re: Unique and/or odd distinctions

I find the Swedish distinction between "tårta" and "kaka" quite interesting. They are both usually translated as 'cake' but there are some subtle differences in meaning. If it's multi-layered with some whipped cream in between the layers, it probably is a "tårta", whilst pretty much everything else ...
by idov
19 Apr 2015 15:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: MASD: Maximally Analyzed Semantic Derivation (scratchpad)
Replies: 15
Views: 2071

Re: MASD: Maximally Analyzed Semantic Derivation (scratchpad

This looks really interesting. I remember that I wanted as a child to define all words with as few base terms as possible, even once going as far to wonder if it was possible with only function words. From what I have read so far, it seems like a perfect alternative to Lojban's ever ubiquitous penta...
by idov
17 Apr 2015 11:35
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: This is possibly the dumbest of questions.
Replies: 40
Views: 5761

Re: This is possibly the dumbest of questions.

Yeah, that's why I put the word in quotation marks. I never thought you were negative, especially not after your cute smiley c; Seriously though, it may be a weird way to describe the possessive but I can't edit what has been quoted.
by idov
17 Apr 2015 11:20
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: This is possibly the dumbest of questions.
Replies: 40
Views: 5761

Re: This is possibly the dumbest of questions.

Hi, another newbie here. This whole thread has been useful (I'm in a similar situation to the OP, being pretty confused by all the linguistic terms) but this is a great overview and this is the first time I haven't felt overwhelmed with new information. Just wanted to say thanks, this has helped a ...
by idov
16 Apr 2015 20:28
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: This is possibly the dumbest of questions.
Replies: 40
Views: 5761

Re: This is possibly the dumbest of questions.

cats - Noun. Object or Idea that is doing the action I would prefer not using the word 'object' for things in the object language we're using to describe language. 'Being or thing' might be better. I can see why you favor that definition but I find the one proposed by qwed117 better since it accoun...
by idov
15 Apr 2015 20:40
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Non-traditional economies
Replies: 25
Views: 4046

Re: Non-traditional economies

Nah [;)] , any sufficiently advanced sexual pleaser will be indistinguishable from the real deal or better. By the way, I think you two might have just found out how an economy "a la Brave-New-World" would work. Good job! Personally, I think "semi" post-scarcity economy will be a reality in a hundre...
by idov
13 Apr 2015 22:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexicon sculpting
Replies: 911
Views: 305102

Re: Lexicon sculpting

Lao Kou wrote: Next: pthünals [pθyˈnals] n. bracelet
Psinërs ['psẽ̝.nərs] n. bracelet

Next: hrui [hʀ'uɪ] n. aggression/anger