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by WeepingElf
28 Jan 2019 18:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028267

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Work on the "new" Proto-Hesperic continues. Today: noun inflection.
by WeepingElf
27 Jan 2019 21:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Yiddish
Replies: 10
Views: 2060

Re: Yiddish

It has nothing to do with Slavic - exactly the same formation, once a perfect, is now the commonly used past tense in most varieties of colloquial German (I know what I am talking about as I am a native speaker of German). So the Yiddish periphrastic past is 100% German.
by WeepingElf
27 Jan 2019 16:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1028267

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I have begun to rework Proto-Hesperic from a sister to a daughter of PIE; the first step has been to add the sound changes to the grammar sketch.
by WeepingElf
26 Jan 2019 13:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5737
Views: 1344397

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

Random8k wrote:
25 Jan 2019 23:13
Is it possible for a conlang to have two methods of inflections used almost exclusively for that particular part of speech? Like say, agglutinative nouns, yet fusional verb forms?
Yes. Modern Armenian is pretty much like that. And, think about it, Spanish.
by WeepingElf
20 Jan 2019 22:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: An r-Turkic conlang in eastern Hungary/Transylvania?
Replies: 24
Views: 1465

Re: An r-Turkic conlang in eastern Hungary/Transylvania?

Surely, this is an interesting lostlang idea!
by WeepingElf
19 Jan 2019 01:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Some Snippets from The World
Replies: 367
Views: 300025

Re: Some Snippets from The World

Yes, I mean the different colour schemes. The differences are not great, but noticeable.
by WeepingElf
18 Jan 2019 18:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Some Snippets from The World
Replies: 367
Views: 300025

Re: Some Snippets from The World

A question on the twin globes thing: Why are the two globes painted in different styles?
by WeepingElf
16 Jan 2019 17:50
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1128
Views: 371156

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

Do you think a culture that has its perception of time rising upwards would employ an upwards-read script? That would make sense. Indeed, this may be the reason why the Old Albic script is running bottom to top! After all, the Elves do perceive time as going "upwards" in the sense that they believe...
by WeepingElf
16 Jan 2019 13:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 738
Views: 152651

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Shemtov wrote:
15 Jan 2019 22:40
:fra: Douche "Shower" :eng: Douche. Can't believe that wasn't mentioned before
And :deu: Dusche goes with the French.
by WeepingElf
08 Jan 2019 19:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Y²KS
Replies: 18
Views: 836

Re: Y²KS

I don't know why I missed this until now, but all I can say right now is that it ROCKS!!! This looks like the beginnings of a great conlang. Keep it up!
by WeepingElf
07 Jan 2019 16:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5737
Views: 1344397

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

I once tried to make an active-stative daughter of Sindarin. It was a disaster.
by WeepingElf
03 Dec 2018 17:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5737
Views: 1344397

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

How realistic is it that my conlang marks animate and inanimate nouns differently? In animate nouns, A is ergative and O/S are absolutive. In inanimate nouns, A/S are absolutive and O is ergative. You have it backwards. The usual pattern is: Animate - A/S nominative, O accusative Inanimate - A erga...
by WeepingElf
25 Nov 2018 19:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 680
Views: 175983

Re: False cognates

Sumerian 𒋗 šu “hand” :chn: 手 shǒu “hand” The last two are even graphically sort of similar - a vertical line with several horizontal lines. Which is of course because both started as a drawing of a hand. Such resemblances are common in logographic scripts. Oh yeah, I guess you're right. I'm not sur...
by WeepingElf
25 Nov 2018 15:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 680
Views: 175983

Re: False cognates

GrandPiano wrote:
25 Nov 2018 14:43
Sumerian 𒋗 šu “hand”
:chn: 手 shǒu “hand”

The last two are even graphically sort of similar - a vertical line with several horizontal lines.
Which is of course because both started as a drawing of a hand. Such resemblances are common in logographic scripts.
by WeepingElf
21 Nov 2018 19:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Tamnafai
Replies: 4
Views: 1328

Re: Tamnafai

This looks very interesting - an agglutinating Sinitic language! I don't know how realistic this is, but certainly, this can be great fun!
by WeepingElf
18 Nov 2018 21:31
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 314
Views: 238858

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

Antarctica was part of Gondwanaland, but it eventually became too cold for ants to thrive, I think.
by WeepingElf
24 Oct 2018 18:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5737
Views: 1344397

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

One way of collaborative conlanging that IMHO works quite well is this: starting with a common proto-language, each member develops his own language diachronically, where there can be further rounds where these languages are used as starting points for further diachronic development. There's a whole...
by WeepingElf
23 Oct 2018 18:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5737
Views: 1344397

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

One reason for the early death of many collaborative conlangs may be that they are side projects to those who are working on them, and thus quickly lose momentum as the participants focus on their main projects: when they find that they have spread themselves too thinly over too many projects, they ...
by WeepingElf
10 Oct 2018 21:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Words to mean Friend
Replies: 29
Views: 7233

Re: Words to mean Friend

Iyionaku wrote:
10 Oct 2018 11:04
朋 is a pictogramm of a bird that used to be pronounced identically to the word of friend, according to wiktionary.
Why does that bird look like two moons?