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Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 19:42
by GrandPiano
Ak is a hypothetical Proto-Human language - that is, the original ancestor of all spoken language. It is a very simple language; some might even call it "primitive", but I don't think that that's really an appropriate description.

Ak has a relatively small phoneme inventory:

/a k/ <a k>

Voiceless plosives are allophonally voiced intervocally and word-finally. /a/ is allophonally backed to [ĘŚ] before velars. The syllable structure is VC.

Here are some sample words:
First-person pronoun: Ak
Second-person pronoun: Ak
Third-person pronoun: Ak
Person: Ak
To go, to move: Ak
Good: Ak
Bad: Ak
Grass: Akak
One: Ak
Two: Akak
Three: Akakak

And a bit of grammar:
Possession is indicated with the suffix -ak. Plurals are formed with the the prefix ak-. Words are in the nominative case by default; the accusative case is indicated with the infix -ka-, which goes between the first vowel and the first consonant.

Tell me what you guys think!

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 19:59
by Fanael
Another fun joke, great.

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 20:09
by Ahzoh
Hmm, by the allophony, it sound like "ugh"

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 20:25
by Egerius
Sounds like Martian to me.

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 20:41
by Darvince
This is so ridiculous, at least three phonemes could potentially support a language! And this has syllables yet only two phonemes? You're mad! [xP]

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 20:46
by Prinsessa
Fanael wrote:Another fun joke, great.
xdddddddd

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 21:11
by GrandPiano
Princessa, you've already stated that you don't enjoy April Fool's Day jokes. Just because you don't enjoy something doesn't mean someone else will. It may be that the joke is horribly bland and unfunny, but since you don't find any April Fool's Day jokes, your sarcastic comments don't meant much to me.
Ahzoh wrote:Hmm, by the allophony, it sound like "ugh"
That's the point. [;)]

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 21:12
by Prinsessa
I thought Fanael was sarcastic? The ", great" didn't sound particularly positive.

AND WHY DOES EVERYONE KEEP MISSPELLING MY NAME AAAAHHH ;___;

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 21:23
by GrandPiano
Oh, whoops, thought that was you. My bad.

I meant to type "Prinsessa"... I guess I made a typo.

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 21:27
by Prinsessa
Don't worry about it!

Maybe I should change my name to Akakak.

Swedish already beat you to this phonology btw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXUT5TRtiwA

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 21:34
by Thrice Xandvii
I think the issue is that lots of us on the board speak English... In which princess is a word. Prinsessa isn't a word in any language I know, hence typos.

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 21:36
by Prinsessa
Thrice Xandvii wrote:I think the issue is that lots of us on the board speak English... In which princess is a word. Prinsessa isn't a word in any language I know, hence typos.
I know. But it's funny that nobody has picked up on how I spell it. I wouldn't have reacted to it if it was just once or twice, but it happens consistently with virtually every person who addresses me. :p

You better go study some Finnish or Icelandic, then!

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 21:45
by thaen
I spell it right! :mrgreen:

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 21:56
by Ahzoh
I thought it was "princess-FEM-SG", at least that is in Vrkhazhian.

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 23:57
by QuantumWraith
Prinsessa wrote:You better go study some Finnish or Icelandic, then!
What is Finnish? Does anyone even speak it? [xP]

Re: Ak

Posted: 01 Apr 2015 23:58
by Prinsessa
QuantumWraith wrote:
Prinsessa wrote:You better go study some Finnish or Icelandic, then!
What is Finnish? Does anyone even speak it? [xP]
I know many natives, and have gotten reasonably far with my own studies. c;

Suomen kieli on kaunista!

Re: Ak

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 18:59
by Keenir
QuantumWraith wrote:
Prinsessa wrote:You better go study some Finnish or Icelandic, then!
What is Finnish? Does anyone even speak it? [xP]
J.R.R.Tolkien did.

Re: Ak

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 21:20
by Fanael
GrandPiano wrote:Princessa, you've already stated that you don't enjoy April Fool's Day jokes. Just because you don't enjoy something doesn't mean someone else will. It may be that the joke is horribly bland and unfunny, but since you don't find any April Fool's Day jokes, your sarcastic comments don't meant much to me.
It was me, not Prinsessa, and I find the joke bad because it's bad, not because it's a joke. I enjoy good jokes, but this one is literally ugh.

Re: Ak

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 22:13
by prettydragoon
QuantumWraith wrote:
Prinsessa wrote:You better go study some Finnish or Icelandic, then!
What is Finnish? Does anyone even speak it? [xP]
Nope.

Re: Ak

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 15:16
by eldin raigmore
Darvince wrote:This is so ridiculous, at least three phonemes could potentially support a language! And this has syllables yet only two phonemes? You're mad! [xP]
Well, don't we already have a conlang with only two consonant phonemes and only two vowel phonemes and all syllables CV?
Can't remember what it's called, and my impression was that it also was a joke.
But if one allowed words of one to six syllables one could have a lexicon of ((4^7-1)/(4-1))-1 = (16383/3)-1 = 5460 different words in such a language.

More seriously, a phoneme inventory of six consonants and two vowels is naturalistic/realistic:
http://wals.info/chapter/1 wrote:Rotokas (West Bougainville; Papua New Guinea) has only six consonants.
http://wals.info/chapter/2 wrote:There are 4 languages in the sample with only two contrasting vowel qualities; these are languages in which only the height of the vowel has any distinctive function according to at least one possible interpretation of their phonetic patterns. An example of this extreme is Yimas (Lower Sepik-Ramu; Papua New Guinea).
If a language with such an inventory had only CV syllables, it might have as many as 12 different syllables.
If it had words with up to four syllables it could have
12 + 12^2 + 12^3 + 12^4 =
12 + 144 + 1,728 + 20,736 =
22,620
different words.

http://web.phonetik.uni-frankfurt.de/cg ... sounds.cgi lists 23 languages with just three different vowels.
It also lists Maxakali and Taoripi, as well as Rotokas, as languages with few consonant phonemes.

prettydragoon wrote:
QuantumWraith wrote:What is Finnish? Does anyone even speak it? [xP]
Nope.
They used to, but they're all done with it now. Now they're all busy buffing up their Polish.
Spoiler:
finished with Finnish, and polishing Polish. :mrgreen: Silisili, I know.