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by Sacemd
Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:14 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Quickie Thread
Replies: 2827
Views: 290286

Re: Sound Change Quickie Thread

I have this lang with several dialects which differ in palatalisation of velars (The velar inventory is limited to /k ɣ/ with [x] allophonically), but I'm not sure what to do with several clusters: Standard: [k] -> [s] [sk] -> [s] initially or [ss] internally [ɣ] -> [j] [x] -> [x]? [j]? [ʃ]?? [sx] -...
by Sacemd
Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Hermaphrodite Conworld
Replies: 11
Views: 1674

Hermaphrodite Conworld

This is basically a thought experiment: the conworld itself is in all aspects similar to Earth (Climate, star, size etc., etc.) but the crucial difference is that the dominant species (a kind of humanoids I shall from hereon refer to as "humans" or "humanoids") are hermaphrodites. They basically loo...
by Sacemd
Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:04 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 397253

Re: Romanization challenge thread

Consonants: /p t c k kʷ ʔ ʔʷ/ <p t c k qu ' 'u> /s ʃ h hʷ/ <s sh h hu> /z l j w/ <z l y w> /m n ɲ ŋ ŋʷ/ <m n j g gu> Vowels: æ a e œ o i ɨə ʉ ə <ae a e oe o i ia u e> /e ə/ are contrasted (as are roundedness and ʉ) by their accents for tone; /ə/ is always toneless except in diphthongs (I believe). e...
by Sacemd
Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:25 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Game
Replies: 2673
Views: 215362

Re: Sound Change Game

Riktas Rammay faḍazaci [ɸaɖazatsi] :> Proto *fadasatsi [ɸadasatsi] :> YUC (Yet Unnamed Conlang) fadazasti [fadazas'ti] Riktas Rammay zip'aci [zipʼatsi] :> Proto *siphatsi [sipʰatsi] :> YUC siphasti [sipʰas'ti] Riktas Rammay zap'awa [zapʼawa] :> Proto *saphawa [sapʰawa] :> YUC sapha ['sapʰa] Riktas R...
by Sacemd
Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Unisex names
Replies: 35
Views: 4410

Re: Unisex names

I recently discovered the Flemish name "Lieve" can also be masculine... It was originally a feminine name "Godelieve", a variant of masculine Germanic Goteleib. I have no idea how this shift occurred, because "lieve" as an adjective means "kind, lovely, sweet", which doesn't really sound like the ki...
by Sacemd
Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:38 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Game
Replies: 2673
Views: 215362

Re: Sound Change Game

Yēdo gāṛe [gaːɻɛ] :> Proto *gale :> Yet Unnamed Conlang gara ['ga:ra]
Yēdo ṛèxêṛe [ɻɛ̤xɛ̤ːɻɛ] :> Proto *lexele :> YUC oshara [ɯ'ʃa:ra]
Yēdo nêde [nɛ̤ːd̪ɛ] :> Proto *nede :> YUC nada ['nada]
Yēdo gāge [gaːgɛ] :> Proto *gage :> YUC gaja ['gaɟa]
by Sacemd
Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: The native grammar of Caďinor
Replies: 10
Views: 2886

Re: The native grammar of Caďinor

On the other hand, why would anyone be that interested in the language of "the barbarians"? That's the whole point of the word "barbarian".
by Sacemd
Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:09 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 397253

Re: Romanization challenge thread

I think there won't be full lines of the language in the story though (maybe in an appendix of sorts): basically a well-developed naming language - characters, cities and some unearthly concepts relating to magic and stuff. The first sketch had too plain a consonantal system (Basically English witho...
by Sacemd
Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:32 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 397253

Re: Romanization challenge thread

The story is going to be written in English. The effect on speakers of French, German or whatever other language would be completely different (Well, not completely. You can safely use <sh> for /S/ in conlangs targeted at speakers of one of those two languages even though they are written <ch> and <...
by Sacemd
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 397253

Re: Romanization challenge thread

I am not looking for them to distinguish between retroflex/postalveolars and alveolopalatals: it's more like finding an alternative way to spell <sh zh ch j>. <sy zy ty dy> has the drawback that people will tend to vocalize the <y>. Maybe use <sch> for /ɕ/? (I saw this one in a transliteration for R...
by Sacemd
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:19 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 397253

Re: Romanization challenge thread

- It is not very clear how <x q> should be pronounced (On the other hand, it may be the best option without resorting to <ś ć>) Just a note here, this argument always strikes me as somewhat stupid. First off, <x> has a long history as a sibilant letter and if I am any sort of example there are even...
by Sacemd
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 397253

Re: Romanization challenge thread

Isiworian (A redone version of an earlier sketch, Fulgar. I wasn't too happy with the rather plain consonantal inventory and the completely irregular oddball verbs, so I decided to redo it). As it is intended for a story, I would like a transliteration without diacritics: /p b t d k g/ <p b t d k g>...
by Sacemd
Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:33 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Game
Replies: 2673
Views: 215362

Re: Sound Change Game

Late Marsuna: tägee [tägeː] :> Protolang Withoutaname tage [tage] :> Fulgar tar [tæɹ] (Capital dialect) [tɑɾ] (Northern dialect) [taʐ] (Eastern dialect)
by Sacemd
Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:13 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Linguistic Quackery Thread, take 2
Replies: 812
Views: 101421

Re: Linguistic Quackery Thread, take 2

Err... I was going to object too, but then I realized I have some remote (remote as in "we know of their existence only because they are mentioned somewhere in the family tree") cousins who moved to Michigan three or four generations ago. They'll probably have Californian relatives...
by Sacemd
Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Personal pronouns genesis
Replies: 36
Views: 4057

Re: Personal pronouns genesis

Dutch "jullie" (You-plural) is a compound of "je-lui" of "je-lieden" (both meaning you-people). Admittedly, it incorporates another personal pronoun, but I think a second person pronoun based on "people" alone is not inconceivable. (The disappearing Dutch pronoun "men" (one), seems to be a parallel ...
by Sacemd
Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: The Dutch Topic
Replies: 45
Views: 27560

Re: The Dutch Topic

Boe! ("Boo!")
by Sacemd
Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: The Dutch Topic
Replies: 45
Views: 27560

Re: The Dutch Topic

Very well. Want a throat sweet? :P I'm just joking.... I don't know enough about Dutch to know what to ask. What Tenses, Aspects, Moods and Persons do Dutch verbs mark? Tenses and aspects Ok, here I go. I just try to translate the English names literally to English. Onvoltooid Tegenwoordig (present...
by Sacemd
Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Game
Replies: 2673
Views: 215362

Re: Sound Change Game

Ketas tahtowa [tɑχtəʢɑ] :> Fulgar taktoga ['tæktowgɑ]
by Sacemd
Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:17 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Game
Replies: 2673
Views: 215362

Re: Sound Change Game

Arve stopestus [ˌçøpɪˈçus] :> Fulgar öpikyus ['øʏpɪkjʊs] or ['øʏpɛkjɔs] (Pick your dialect)
by Sacemd
Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Non-IE auxiliary verbs
Replies: 33
Views: 3537

Re: Non-IE auxiliary verbs

My point is that both languages use a similar verb (iru= to exist (animate)). So I was wondering why this verb was chosen and not some other.
by Sacemd
Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:14 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Non-IE auxiliary verbs
Replies: 33
Views: 3537

Re: Non-IE auxiliary verbs

I like those Basque auxiliaries. Exactly what I was looking for.

Does anyone know the etymology of Japanese -iru-forms (as in mite iru (is seeing) and matte iru (is waiting) They look suspiciously much like their English equivalent.
by Sacemd
Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Non-IE auxiliary verbs
Replies: 33
Views: 3537

Non-IE auxiliary verbs

Does anyone have any good resources on auxiliary verbs in a non-IE language?
by Sacemd
Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:40 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Mouse Language?
Replies: 36
Views: 33621

Re: Mouse Language?

Mice say "piep" [pip] in Dutch, and "chu" in Japanese (if my memory serves me right.)
by Sacemd
Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 397253

Re: Romanization challenge thread

Currently nameless lang: Stops: /b d g/ Fricatives~Approximants: /β ð ɹ~z ɰ~ɣ/ Nasals: /m n/ Liquids: /r l/ Vowels: /i e a o u/ Length is contrastive, as are five level tones (with very little to no tone sandhi): /a˥ a˦ a˧ a˨ a˩/ Most of this doesn't cause any problems, but I'm a little uncertain ab...
by Sacemd
Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Wierdest and Most Alien Conlang
Replies: 47
Views: 6265

Re: Wierdest and Most Alien Conlang

Why not conjunctions and interjections?