Linguifex's conworld megathread
Posted: 03 Mar 2016 23:56
A while back on reddit, /u/TheBishopsBane posted some maps that were available for people to use in creating conworlds. I've taken two of them for the two continents of my world.
The eastern continent:
The eastern continent:
The western continent:
Here is a tentative linguistic map of the eastern continent. I'm not entirely sure if I like these distributions or not.
(Roughly) from west to east:
- Purple: The Raholg languages. This language family is noted for its triconsonantal-root morphology. Raholg proper makes meaningful distinctions between fortis and lenis variants of the consonants in the root (e.g., stop vs. fricative).
- Red: The Tim Ar-O languages. One could call this family a linguistic success story due to the Tim Ar Imperium spreading it across most of the north of the continent. (Ironically, Tim Ar is the most conservative branch of the family.)
- Sea green: The Çuvvaccos languages. The Çuvvaccos languages, which include Çuvvaccoçim and Chuzvacsacham, are noted for their direct-inverse alignment and the lack of alveolars in some of the languages.
- White: The Täptäg languages. I admittedly haven't done much with these languages.
- Gray: The Macro-Kgáweq' languages. Polysynthetic and featuring version à la Georgian as well as a success affix.
- Blue: The Ban De languages. These language generally have larger consonant inventories and some feature switch-reference.
- Orange: The Caber languages. You can follow the development of these languages and their logographic system in the appropriate thread.
- Magenta: The Tlar Càna languages. Many are tonal (the inspiration for the Tlar Canà dialects proper was Viet-Muong).
- Light red: The Taltic languages (one in the middle of Caber territory, one to the east of it). A moribund language family whose protolanguage had a small phoneme inventory, its traces mostly live on as substrate influence in the Caber, Ban De, Tlar Canà, and Tlusa languages.
- Black: The Macro-Put'po languages. These languages' protolanguage featured complex onsets which developed differently in various languages, so a list of cognates can look somewhat surprising due to different consonants being dropped from the onset.
- Dark green: The Banagarinimo languages. I worked a little on Banagarinimo a few years ago but have lost most of my materials on it—perhaps that's for the better as I have more experience now.
- Yellow: The Xiaoxiao languages. Again, I haven't worked on these much beyond the name.
- The Tlusa languages. Inspired by Lakes Plain, the phonology of the protolanguage was /*p *b *t *d *c *ɟ *k *g/ /*u *o *a *e *i/. I did some work on these languages when I was in Roswell but again I've lost most of my materials on it. These would most likely be placed between the Tlar Canà and Banagarinimo languages.
- An as-yet unnamed family. The goal of this family is to include subtractive morphology.