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by Arzena
Mon May 21, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")
Replies: 2538
Views: 588345

Re: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")

Cedh, once again, your attention to etymological detail is a treasure to behold. Many ideas for the Gezoran substrate to Shtasa and for new ideas about lexemes / semantic change / etc to ponder in Empotle7a with this new knowledge about Gezoro. Brilliant work!
by Arzena
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Relative clauses: cross-linguistic comparison
Replies: 23
Views: 5396

Re: Relative clauses: cross-linguistic comparison

I've always recommended to conlangers that they consider four possible relative situations, where the target noun is (1) subject in both clauses: The player who complains about his team will lose. (2) subject in main, object in subclause: The player that Widowmaker shot was too visible. (3) object ...
by Arzena
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")
Replies: 2538
Views: 588345

Re: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")

Is this project still somewhat active? If so could i join, and make a descendant of Proto-Isles?
Hi Gwynwth! Welcome to the Akana Project.

I've mostly worked in the early Western languages and medieval Huyfarah. If you have any questions about those areas, ask away!
by Arzena
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Lexicon Building
Replies: 4308
Views: 404675

Re: Lexicon Building

willow
Empotle7a: susu (etym. onomatopoeia of the rustling branches and leaves)

next word: computer virus
by Arzena
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Classical Composers
Replies: 103
Views: 16700

Re: Classical Composers

Enjoyable reads Sal!
by Arzena
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Renaming conlangs
Replies: 17
Views: 3070

Re: Renaming conlangs

I fit most of my (non-Akana) conlangs into the planet of Edomor . It owes a great deal of inspiration to our Boardlord's work. I'm embarrassed to admit that I got carried away at one point and Edomor became er a little too inspired. Thankfully, I went to college and studied the Middle East and lingu...
by Arzena
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Almea
Topic: Some big ol' maps
Replies: 3
Views: 2167

Re: Some big ol' maps

I want to check out the town of Funky and meet those gone cats 8)
by Arzena
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Weird phrases from real languages
Replies: 323
Views: 131189

Re: Weird phrases from real languages

I can't remember how to say it in Moroccan Arabic, but "She turns the couscous steamer just like her mom" ~~ "Chip off the old block" is one of my favoriter expressions from Morocco
by Arzena
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")
Replies: 2538
Views: 588345

Re: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")

Is the Akana wiki down for anyone else?
by Arzena
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Lexical ultra-conservatism
Replies: 53
Views: 9671

Re: Lexical ultra-conservatism

@Yng Didn't realize that bunduq was a separate loanword from Persian! That's a nice derivation for 'rifle'. I've only seen mustarjil in the context of trans sex workers in the Gulf countries, but here's a video from Egypt using the word in the sense of 'mannish woman': Nisā2 Mustarjilā t I used muth...
by Arzena
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Clicks in Berber
Replies: 30
Views: 4741

Re: Clicks in Berber

jal wrote:
Arzena wrote:Second, languages with extensive consonant clusters tend to simplify the clusters.
Tell that to the Georgians.
COSMIC BRAIN: Clusters in Georgian are actually one consonant
by Arzena
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Clicks in Berber
Replies: 30
Views: 4741

Re: Clicks in Berber

First off, that's pretty cool. Did you have a chance to study the language in more detail? I studied Tamazight and Tashalhit from the staff at my language center. Most were Tashalhit speakers and my 'courses' consisted of me asking for the names of things and verbs outside of my Arabic courses. Is ...
by Arzena
Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Lexical ultra-conservatism
Replies: 53
Views: 9671

Re: Lexical ultra-conservatism

Modern Standard Arabic has its fair share of lexical conservatives, which gives interesting neologisms from Arabic's triconsonantal derivation patterns. Some from the top of my head: dabbāba 'tank' from dabba 'to crawl' mustarjil 'FTM transgender person' from istarjala 'to seek to be a man' hātif 't...
by Arzena
Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Clicks in Berber
Replies: 30
Views: 4741

Re: Clicks in Berber

Having lived in Morocco (Fes-Meknes province) and heard Tamazight spoken on a frequent basis, I heard words that sounded like they had clicks on the first listen, which, on closer inspection, are heavy consonant clusters. The most prominent example I can remember is ksksu [ks.ksu] 'couscous' soundin...
by Arzena
Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Transition Game
Replies: 12
Views: 2159

Re: Sound Transition Game

A to Z

/eː/ > /jiː/ > /ʒiː/ > /ziː/

Next:
orange to silver
by Arzena
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")
Replies: 2538
Views: 588345

Re: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")

I, too, second the idea of Isles peoples invading Kasca from the east. Well, maybe not invade but constitute a persistent and annoying pirating nuisance.
by Arzena
Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Innovative Usage Thread
Replies: 2452
Views: 214622

Re: The Innovative Usage Thread

Interesting... I will have to look out for this because I have felt personally that I'm replacing 'when' with 'where' more often. A grad-student friend of mine independently brought up this topic, too, when she mentioned that the freshmen in her seminar replace the words. Hence, my curiosity in the ...
by Arzena
Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Innovative Usage Thread
Replies: 2452
Views: 214622

Re: The Innovative Usage Thread

English speakers: who's replacing 'when' with 'where'? I feel that 'where' replaces a phrase like 'in which'...

Eg: There are days where you age years, and years where you age days
by Arzena
Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")
Replies: 2538
Views: 588345

Re: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")

Nice sketch.

When does Peilaš get the printing press? Has the date of that invention been canonized yet?
by Arzena
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Single-phoneme "and"
Replies: 17
Views: 3293

Re: Single-phoneme "and"

Moroccan Arabic's word for 'and', which varies between [o] and .
by Arzena
Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Are Classical languages harder?
Replies: 14
Views: 2701

Re: Are Classical languages harder?

P.S. daughter languages? I thought Arabic linguists say that the Arabic dialects are sister languages of CA. That is my personal hot take on the situation of the Colloquial Arabics vis-a-vis CA and MSA. I am not convinced of the "dialect" argument anymore. After dialogues about language with friend...
by Arzena
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Are Classical languages harder?
Replies: 14
Views: 2701

Re: Are Classical languages harder?

I think they can be harder. I'd say that the difficulty increases the greater the distance from everyday use. So for me, Classical Arabic is not that hard because I use its daughter languages on a near-daily basis and the Classical Language still is used alongside and greatly influences the prose an...
by Arzena
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Gtáisk (PIE Basque)
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Re: Gtáisk (PIE Basque)

B a s q u e m o n k s
by Arzena
Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: How to make a language with a profound foreign influence
Replies: 21
Views: 4627

Re: How to make a language with a profound foreign influence

Another memory, I remember that greengrocers would quote prices to me in French. This would mildly annoy me because after pleasantries and chatting about the produce in Moroccan Arabic, I thought that they thought I couldn't understand prices in French. But I realized after some weeks that they were...