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by WeepingElf
10 Oct 2018 15:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Words to mean Friend
Replies: 29
Views: 7249

Re: Words to mean Friend

The Old Albic word for 'friend', valara, is a derivative of vala 'heart'.
by WeepingElf
08 Oct 2018 20:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 305387

Re: Yay or Nay?

Since pː → pʰ is attested, how likely is the opposite pʰ → pː in an intervocalic environment? Both [pʰ] and [pː] could be viewed as fortis realizations of [p]. Yea or Nay on making them interchangeable intervocalically such that: p pʰ → f p \ V_V I'd say nay: [pʰ] is more likely to become [f] than ...
by WeepingElf
07 Oct 2018 17:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1347194

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

Old High German used <z> to represent the laminal /s/ derived from PG. *t, while using <s> to represent the apical /s̺/ derived from PG. *s, which later becomes /ʃ/ in word-initial consonant clusters. That could be used as a precedent for writing /s/, /ʃ/ as <z>, <s>, if your orthography was establ...
by WeepingElf
24 Sep 2018 20:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 680
Views: 176273

Re: False cognates

:eng: Earth (and :deu: Erde) - :ara: أَرْض 'ard "earth" I'm sure this one has been brought up many times before, but I just read it in a book about Arab history and that's just weird. I mean, how can they not be related? One has to wonder... There are speculations that this could be a Neolithic Wan...
by WeepingElf
22 Sep 2018 23:53
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 321
Views: 239252

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

my moths prefer to wear silk from other races than their own. they find it rude to wear your slik. Which makes perfect sense. Who wears shoes made of human leather? And it's not as if anyone puts another person's hair on their head … Wait. But seriously, aren't human-hair wigs a better analog for s...
by WeepingElf
22 Sep 2018 18:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 321
Views: 239252

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

fruityloops wrote:
18 Sep 2018 23:17
my moths prefer to wear silk from other races than their own. they find it rude to wear your slik.
Which makes perfect sense. Who wears shoes made of human leather?
by WeepingElf
07 Sep 2018 20:44
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?
Replies: 25
Views: 36546

Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Non-human conpeople will come into play when I'll get to develop the Trellis, a space opera universe that will be set several centuries after the Global Spring, which I am already collecting ideas for. The Trellis will feature various non-humanoid alien intelligent life forms.
by WeepingElf
07 Sep 2018 20:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1030689

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Why is "continents" in quotes? Are these really just large islands, subcontinents or continent-sized political units?
by WeepingElf
06 Sep 2018 22:58
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?
Replies: 25
Views: 36546

Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Perhaps dwarves and fairies are the same species, with an extreme sexual dimorphism - the dwarves are the males and the fairies the females. (I think this idea is not new. I can't give a reference, but I am pretty sure that I have seen it in some book about European folklore.)
by WeepingElf
04 Sep 2018 19:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 738
Views: 152982

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

shimobaatar wrote:
04 Sep 2018 13:19
Zé do Rock wrote:
04 Sep 2018 09:42
'Nichts' doesnt have /x/, it has /ç/.
Isn't [ç] an allophone of /x/?
It is. The rule is not "no /x/ within a word" but "no /x/ in syllable onsets".
by WeepingElf
04 Sep 2018 19:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 738
Views: 152982

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Salmoneus wrote:
04 Sep 2018 01:20
Someone's probably mentioned this already, but Old English (Geman Kuh, etc), vs Old Irish (and modern Irish for that matter) .
Not everybody here knows that the former means 'cow' and the latter 'dog'.
by WeepingElf
03 Sep 2018 20:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 738
Views: 152982

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Aren't all :deu: words with a /x/ that is not syllable-final, loan words, unless their is a vowel-initial suffix? Sound's about right. Yes. German /x/ is either from Proto-Germanic */x/, which has become /h/ in syllable onsets, or (via the High German consonant shift) from Proto-Germanic */k/, whic...
by WeepingElf
25 Aug 2018 16:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)
Replies: 28
Views: 24522

Re: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)

As a conlanger I prefer to use a taxonomy from construction kinds... - a priori languages (built from non linguistic first principles) - a posteriori languages ( built from natlangs) - ex nihilo languages (built from scratch) This is a good idea, thanks! Finally, a name for the nameless category be...
by WeepingElf
24 Aug 2018 20:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 738
Views: 152982

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Has anyone mentioned this one yet?
:gbr: pantomime vs. :deu: Pantomime 'mime'
by WeepingElf
13 Aug 2018 22:24
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What kind of conlanger are you?
Replies: 9
Views: 42086

Re: What kind of conlanger are you?

I am a loyalist with filler leanings: I have one conlang, Old Albic , which is my main project on which I have been working for about 17 years now; yet, I fancy it to have a number of dialects, relatives and descendants, making up a family called Hesperic . And on top of that, I have some ideas for ...
by WeepingElf
12 Aug 2018 15:36
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)
Replies: 28
Views: 24522

Re: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)

There is some confusion about the meanings of the terms a priori , a posteriori and naturalistic because most of us use them differently than the interlinguists (scholars studying auxlangs). The terms a priori and a posteriori were defined in a 1903 book on IALs by two French scholars, Couturat and ...
by WeepingElf
07 Aug 2018 15:29
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: If natlangs were conlangs
Replies: 97
Views: 53974

Re: If natlangs were conlangs

The Kartvelian family is a masterpiece. The consonant inventory incorporates all the major distinctions characteristic of the area where it is set, but without falling into the kitchen sink like the other two Caucasian families. But the consonant clusters sometimes go quite far - a bit less would ha...
by WeepingElf
07 Aug 2018 15:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1030689

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Last night, I got an idea of how tones work in Lo Dang, a monosyllabic, isolating and tonal IE language spoken in northwestern China. Sounds like a cool project! Given the language's location, is there any close relation to Tocharian (apart from both being Indo-European)? What's the etymology of th...
by WeepingElf
06 Aug 2018 21:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: If natlangs were conlangs
Replies: 97
Views: 53974

Re: If natlangs were conlangs

Whoever made the Dravidian and Australian languages must have believed in Lemuria, with both groups using essentially the same consonant inventory - and a pretty weird one at that, with way too many coronal POAs and no fricatives. At least, he went different ways when creating the vowels.
by WeepingElf
06 Aug 2018 20:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1030689

Re: What did you accomplish today?

An idea for the zero grade: how about making it toneless. Tone languages often have toneless syllables that get their tone from somewhere else. You could argue that the zero grade gives you just the tonal combination of onset+coda then, or only one of them if the other one is missing. If there woul...