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How to make an Indo-Iranian conlang?

Posted: 23 Jul 2018 09:40
by samsam
Hello everyone,
I want to make an Indo-Iranian conlang (mostly Iranian) based on Proto-Indo-Iranian, Avestan, Old Persian and Sanskrit.
I know that I'll put an augment for the imperfect tense. I know that if an aspirated consonant is followed by another aspirated consonant in the next syllable, the first one loses the aspiration too. But there are a lot of things that I hesitate between two options (do as avestan or sanskrit for example.)

Do you have any tips for (Indo-)Iranian conlangs? Or features I could put in it?

Re: How to make an Indo-Iranian conlang?

Posted: 23 Jul 2018 16:40
by Shemtov
I'm making a new branch of Indo-Iranian with one language: Yr̄ Phāsā. The idea is that a group branched off and settled at the border of the Indosphere and Sinosphere. I have no access to any resources on PII, so I'm taking resources on Gathic Avestan and Vedic Sanskrit, and making my own reconstruction and then running through the sound changes.

Re: How to make an Indo-Iranian conlang?

Posted: 23 Jul 2018 16:55
by samsam
I quickly googled "Gathic Avestan" and found the origin of /ǝ/ in Avesta (I searched it during 3 hours and didn't find it before) and other sound changes and their origin.
Thanks a lot Shemtov !

Re: How to make an Indo-Iranian conlang?

Posted: 25 Jul 2018 19:00
by Clio
It might be old news to you, but Benjamin W. Fortson IV's Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction contains a chapter each on the Indic and Iranian languages and might be a good source of inspiration. It shouldn't be hard to find at a library, but there are also PDFs available (albeit illegal) online.

Re: How to make an Indo-Iranian conlang?

Posted: 25 Jul 2018 19:53
by samsam
Thanks for your information Clio !