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by Isfendil
08 Jun 2017 15:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
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Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I need a proto indo european morpheme that will allow me to form a present tense besides the nasal infix. My language uses the /r/ endings for middle voice, so based on that chronology, what affix is the most likely candidate? Why not just leave it unmarked? Or is that option already taken? Unfortu...
by Isfendil
08 Jun 2017 15:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1346774

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

I need a proto indo european morpheme that will allow me to form a present tense besides the nasal infix. My language uses the /r/ endings for middle voice, so based on that chronology, what affix is the most likely candidate?
by Isfendil
05 Jun 2017 00:52
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
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Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I know that the majority of the world's languages have polypersonal marking, but is it terribly unusual for an Indo European language to develop it, independently or in a sprachbund?
by Isfendil
04 Jun 2017 16:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
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Views: 1346774

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

No one in the linguistics and natlangs question thread are abke or willing to acknowledge this question as it got ignored twice. I think I posted it in the wring place, so I'm going to put it here and if it doesn't get an answer I'll just make one up for myself. "I am working on two Indo European l...
by Isfendil
04 Jun 2017 16:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1346774

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

No one in the linguistics and natlangs question thread are abke or willing to acknowledge this question as it got ignored twice. I think I posted it in the wring place, so I'm going to put it here and if it doesn't get an answer I'll just make one up for myself. "I am working on two Indo European la...
by Isfendil
03 Jun 2017 15:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895855

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

I am working on two Indo European languages that share a bit of vocabulary but I do not want them to have very similar grammar. Do Indo European languages that form isoglosses (Armenian and Greek, for instance) have similar grammar, or, if they do not, are there similarities that two languages whic...
by Isfendil
03 Jun 2017 06:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
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Views: 1346774

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

Akkadian has them as well, likely borrowed from sumerian.
by Isfendil
03 Jun 2017 01:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895855

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

Do names of people act any differently? For example, when we bring names into English from e.g. Latin or Arabic, which form do we tend to bring over? (I ask this half because I'm writing my novel in English, but some of my characters speak a heavily-inflected language, and I'm contemplating what fo...
by Isfendil
03 Jun 2017 01:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895855

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

I am working on two Indo European languages that share a bit of vocabulary but I do not want them to have very similar grammar. Do Indo European languages that form isoglosses (Armenian and Greek, for instance) have similar grammar, or, if they do not, are there similarities that two languages which...
by Isfendil
02 Jun 2017 06:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1346774

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

How likely is it for nasalization to simply occur?
For p to simply shift to m for instance, without the need of surrounding environments?
by Isfendil
02 Jun 2017 04:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895855

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

Lao Kou wrote:
shimobaatar wrote:
Isfendil wrote:Um, the definite article is not a case....
It's still an addition to the basic root of the word.
And something we might expect, if we accept the "shaving-off" premise, to get the razor. [:P]
It's also a lot more likely to be on the word than not on it in a language like Arabic.
by Isfendil
02 Jun 2017 04:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895855

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

Um, the definite article is not a case....
by Isfendil
01 Jun 2017 15:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895855

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

If you're specifically looking at Arabic you need to understand that Arabs have always dropped the cases in common speech so the words are much more likely to get loaned in that way. Furthermore the reason why for other languages the tendency is towards the unmodified word is because they can hear t...
by Isfendil
30 May 2017 20:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1346774

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

Maybe the simple genitive is only used for inalienable possession? Okay, but let's see what I can come up with on the spot. What about a general 'vague' locative, like the German preposition 'bei' or the English 'at' (sometimes). This has been called Proximative case, IIRC. You could also use it fo...
by Isfendil
30 May 2017 17:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
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Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Creyeditor wrote:A genitive that is only used for alienable possession.
Preferably something that one of my preexisting cases cannot do.
by Isfendil
30 May 2017 17:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1346774

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

Alright, diachronics for an a posteriori I am making have allowed me to combine the genitive case with an inessive particle to form a new case. I do not need an ablative and I already used the particle to form a dative when on its own- what else can I form?
by Isfendil
30 May 2017 14:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1346774

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

I have been led to believe that this idea of only two velars is suspect, having asked it myself a while ago.
by Isfendil
30 May 2017 04:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895855

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

What prominent Indo European languages besides modern romance languages and english did away with PIE's ablaut features completely? The older the better. English still retains them (at least in some strong verbs, if I understand correctly), so I'm not too certain on that. As in not as an irregular ...
by Isfendil
30 May 2017 03:49
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895855

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

What prominent Indo European languages besides modern romance languages and english did away with PIE's ablaut features completely? The older the better.
by Isfendil
30 May 2017 03:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1346774

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

Thank you for the overwhleming responses! Especially for that comment about isoglosses, that was especially helpful and encouraging to know that the kentum and satem languages are much more closely related than I could ever think.