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Random Conlang Concepts

Post by Shemtov » 01 Sep 2015 12:55

I'm thinking of making a Hebreolang where (some of) the Ten Lost Tribes reached Northwestern Canada and the language became this Na-Dene influenced Semitic.
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Post by cntrational » 01 Sep 2015 12:57

i hope this wasn't inspired by my comments in the romlang thread

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Post by Shemtov » 01 Sep 2015 13:04

cntrational wrote:i hope this wasn't inspired by my comments in the romlang thread
Actually, it was. I was inspired to make a diachronic altlang from a language other then Latin by your post, but I don't see the issue.
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Post by cntrational » 01 Sep 2015 14:13

Just making a joke.

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Post by qwed117 » 03 Sep 2015 16:04

cntrational wrote:Just making a joke.
Quick, wish for something more! You clearly have magic powers!
Shemtov wrote:I'm thinking of making a Hebreolang where (some of) the Ten Lost Tribes reached Northwestern Canada and the language became this Na-Dene influenced Semitic.
So what the Mormon tablets would look like. That should be your first translation! It would be interesting to see how far off Mormonism is.
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Post by Shemtov » 01 Jan 2019 21:33

What about Jews living in the Russian Empire switched out Yiddish for Judeo-East Slavic?
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Post by Nortaneous » 02 Jan 2019 18:33

Early branch of IE splits off and goes so far east that it somehow ends up in the PNW where it belonged

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Post by Creyeditor » 03 Jan 2019 02:56

Nortaneous wrote:
02 Jan 2019 18:33
Early branch of IE splits off and goes so far east that it somehow ends up in the PNW where it belonged
or in PNG.
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Post by masako » 03 Sep 2019 01:17

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On the left is an abstract representation of a face that includes all the strokes of Moj. I first drew an image like this almost 30 years ago. On the right is the updated version for Moya.

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Post by Ahzoh » 03 Sep 2019 05:07

The fusion of Swedish and Mongolian with exactly the Zulu gender system.
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Post by Herra Ratatoskr » 04 Sep 2019 22:22

While West Saxon is the main language of mine I've been neglecting, this thread got me thinking about the several other crackpot notions language ideas that I've also been doing precisely nothing with.

1) Romlang set on the Azores, descended from Old Latin (circa 200 BC) with significant Punic influence. Will have a lot of apophony from decaying inflectional endings and unstressed vowel reductions. Would have developed in total isolation for about 1600 years between the landing of the colonists shortly after the Second Punic War and the discovery of the Azores by Europeans in the 1400s.

2) Triconsonantal language inspired a bit by Toki Pona. Each root is composed of three syllables of CV structure, and each onset is defined by one of four points of articulation: "labial" (bilabial and labiodental), alveolar, palatal and "gutteral" (velar/uvular/glottal). There are 64 (4x4x4) possible roots and have a basic semantic meaning. A pattern is then applied to these roots, modifying the meaning. There are 216 patterns, composed of one of six manners of articulation (voiceless plosive, voiced plosive, nasal, voiceless fricative, voiced fricative, and liquid) for each syllable. These patterns modify the meaning of the root in a predictable manner. Therefore, the root K-T-P could be realized as, say, g-d-f or h-s-m. To this, vowels would be applied that would show things like maybe gender/number/case/definiteness for nouns, and tense/mood/agreement for verbs. Still incredibly sketchy and half-baked at the moment.

3) Future English with a case system derived by adverbial derivational morphology. Current thoughts are Common (Nominative/Accusative/Prepositional) which is unmarked. Possessive (from our possessive form), Genitive (distinct from the possessive) which descends from the suffix -ish, Dative from the suffix -wards, and (maybe) an instrumental from -ly. I was also thinking of mining the words like therefor, hereby/thereby, hereabouts/thereabouts to justify using -for as a benefactive case, and -by and -abouts as locative cases (I'd need to think about this some to figure out the difference between the two). I also thought about trying to work in an animate/inanimate gender distinction via relative pronouns, inspired somewhat by the development of Ezafe. Part of me actually doesn't want to do any semantic drift or sound change work, just make as many grammatical changes as I can come up with and see if I can make a language that works as little like English as possible, but still have it be intelligible to an untrained English speaker (even if it does sounds really frickin' weird)

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