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by KaiTheHomoSapien
22 Feb 2016 20:03
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: One conlang or multiple conlangs?
Replies: 19
Views: 3168

One conlang or multiple conlangs?

Some users here seem to churn out new conlangs on the daily--what do you personally prefer (for yourself)? Do you put "all your eggs in one basket" and focus primarily on one or two conlangs? Or do you find yourself creating new ones more often? If you create multiple ones often, how often do you ab...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
22 Feb 2016 19:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: New Approach to Conlanging
Replies: 32
Views: 3558

Re: New Approach to Conlanging

So when you guys say that conlangers view the models like dogma, does that mean that they adhere to them too strictly and it becomes unnatural? Does it mean that natlangs have more irregularity and conlangs often don't?
by KaiTheHomoSapien
22 Feb 2016 00:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlanging Features you like
Replies: 12
Views: 1344

Re: Conlanging Features you like

Okay, I'll ask it: what's a polylang? :wat:
by KaiTheHomoSapien
21 Feb 2016 23:15
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Metal Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 85591

Re: Metal Thread

The only metal I like is Babymetal. [B)]
by KaiTheHomoSapien
21 Feb 2016 18:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlanging Features you like
Replies: 12
Views: 1344

Re: Conlanging Features you like

I've always been interested in evidentiality, but unable to really understand it well, I haven't put it to use in my conlang. I do like ergative-absolutive systems as well--and I like noun classes rather than regular old genders (My conlang has "regular old" genders--I'm just saying that noun classe...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
20 Feb 2016 18:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Synonyms
Replies: 12
Views: 1409

Re: Synonyms

I have some synonyms, but I try to make them have subtle differences between each other, not be exact synonyms (few synonyms are truly exact, except I guess, "sofa" and "couch"). Like I have three words for "and", but they all are subtly different. One implies a close relationship, one is sort of a ...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
20 Feb 2016 06:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: New Approach to Conlanging
Replies: 32
Views: 3558

Re: New Approach to Conlanging

What does "apparently morphemes shouldn't be used in conlanging" mean?
by KaiTheHomoSapien
19 Feb 2016 18:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Basilese
Replies: 27
Views: 2417

Re: Basilese

Most of what you've got here looks fine to me, except this: <quinq> /kĩk/ Quinque ended up as cinque in Vulgar Latin, and you'll find that every Romance language reflects that change (except maybe Sardinian because it's crazy conservative). The Sardinian word for 5 is "chimbe", which seems to refle...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
16 Feb 2016 02:53
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Has anyone salvaged Christopher Paolini's conlang?
Replies: 37
Views: 6225

Re: Has anyone salvaged Christopher Paolini's conlang?

I still like the Eragon books :) I recognize the flaws, but it kept me wanting to read and I liked being in the world that it existed in--that's mostly what I ask from a fantasy novel.
by KaiTheHomoSapien
16 Feb 2016 01:02
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Synthetic vs. Analytic
Replies: 19
Views: 2904

Re: Synthetic vs. Analytic

Ah, okay. Thanks for explaining that. I guess I could say my conlang is "more synthetic" than say, English or Italian. But I'm not going to worry about keeping it in the confines of a scale. Some things about it are synthetic, some are analytic.
by KaiTheHomoSapien
16 Feb 2016 00:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Synthetic vs. Analytic
Replies: 19
Views: 2904

Re: Synthetic vs. Analytic

But if you can't, then how can you say that Chinese is more analytic than say, Latin? Okay, you can't pinpoint exactly where a language goes on the spectrum, but you can compare languages to each other and say whether one is more analytic than the other, so that could approximate their location on it.
by KaiTheHomoSapien
16 Feb 2016 00:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Synthetic vs. Analytic
Replies: 19
Views: 2904

Re: Synthetic vs. Analytic

Well, as I understand it, synthetic and analytic is more like a spectrum and languages can be placed more or less somewhere on it. For some languages and language families, the switch between the two tendencies is more of a cycle. The European languages definitely could lend to a bias toward thinkin...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
15 Feb 2016 23:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Synthetic vs. Analytic
Replies: 19
Views: 2904

Re: Synthetic vs. Analytic

Lol sorry, Squall, guess that's not going to hold up. Do you have the source that claimed that? I'd be interested in reading it at least.

Another question, though: is it necessarily true that synthetic is more "complicated"? Do languages only get "simpler" over time?
by KaiTheHomoSapien
15 Feb 2016 22:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Synthetic vs. Analytic
Replies: 19
Views: 2904

Re: Synthetic vs. Analytic

I have seen a text that says that isolated peoples are more likely to have synthetic grammar. Old peoples were nomad and tribal. When they have contact with other peoples, they learn terms that are difficult to adapt into a synthetic grammar with many cases and forms. Interesting. I've never heard ...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
15 Feb 2016 21:39
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Has anyone salvaged Christopher Paolini's conlang?
Replies: 37
Views: 6225

Re: Has anyone salvaged Christopher Paolini's conlang?

Sometimes it seems like not much thought went into conlangs like this: as in, they're just translations from English. That's sort of the feeling I got when reading Eragon. I also didn't really like the pronunciations he gave; they seemed too English-influenced and the needless diacritics seemed sill...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
15 Feb 2016 21:34
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Difference between /kʷ/ and /kw/
Replies: 26
Views: 4364

Re: Difference between /kʷ/ and /kw/

To be honest, I kind of pronounce /kw/ and /kʷ/ differently, but I'm not sure how accurate that is. To me, /kw/ is k followed by w, as in English "quick". When I say /kʷ/ to me it sounds more like /k/ with the lips rounded (rather than two sounds) so it takes less time to say than /kw/. I don't know...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
15 Feb 2016 21:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Synthetic vs. Analytic
Replies: 19
Views: 2904

Re: Synthetic vs. Analytic

Thanks for the info. [:)] This in particular is what I'm wondering about: Maybe there's a reason why it's like that, or maybe it's not actually like that and you've just seen more examples of one than the other. It might be that I've just seen more examples. But some linguistic changes do seem to on...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
15 Feb 2016 19:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Introduction thread(s)
Replies: 389
Views: 218111

Re: Introduction thread(s)

^_^ Thanks for the welcome [:)]
by KaiTheHomoSapien
15 Feb 2016 19:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Synthetic vs. Analytic
Replies: 19
Views: 2904

Synthetic vs. Analytic

Hi everybody. I wanted to ask a question about synthetic vs. analytic languages. I'm new to a lot of these concepts, but I've been reading about them lately, especially the example of the Romance languages becoming analytic as opposed to the highly synthetic Latin. Do languages over time just become...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
15 Feb 2016 07:53
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Introduction thread(s)
Replies: 389
Views: 218111

Re: Introduction thread(s)

Hi everybody. [:D] My name is Kai. I'm 16 and conlanging is one of my hobbies, even if I'm an amateur. Currently in school I'm studying Latin and independently I'm studying Greek and Sanskrit, so you can see I'm into old Indo-European languages. I'm also really interested in Australian aboriginal la...