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by Porphyrogenitos
21 Jan 2021 19:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Lashu - The Five Mutations

The complete cat story; with some lexical/grammatical changes to the previously-posted lines: bã māu zhu have-A cat female 'There was a cat.' zhu is used of animals; the parallel term is cha 'male (animal)' mīu rá tsi sai cat-C this-T small white 'She was small and white.' I've decided it's more in ...
by Porphyrogenitos
21 Jan 2021 06:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Lashu - The Five Mutations

Actually, before moving onto the next sentence, I want to talk about Lashu motion/position words. There are, as it currently stands, sixteen of them, in static/dynamic pairs. As noted previously, they function both like motion verbs and spatial prepositions: pe - spe 'be in, within' - 'go into' po -...
by Porphyrogenitos
21 Jan 2021 06:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Lashu - The Five Mutations

So, I guess I'll start on a translation of Ossicone's cat story, which I found out about from Omzinesý. Also, now spelling Lashu with one <a> since the doubled no longer appears in the orthography - lā shu in the native orthography. bã mau have-A cat 'There was a cat.' In Lashu, existentials are for...
by Porphyrogenitos
20 Jan 2021 18:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Typological voting game
Replies: 97
Views: 4668

Re: Typological voting game

Okay, the results for Round 8 are in! And...we have a three-way tie! Rather than cast a tie-breaker vote, I would prefer to hold a runoff - I feel I already have enough influence on the language creation process as it is. Our next step was going to be something quite interesting - tone and stress. B...
by Porphyrogenitos
19 Jan 2021 05:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Laashu - The Five Mutations

Changes to the phonology Okay, I've decided on an extensive phonological revamp. I like the aesthetics of this much better. I've greatly reduced the consonant clusters - in fact, if you whimsically/questionably count the /s/+stop clusters as unitary "presigmatized stops", the language now has a CV ...
by Porphyrogenitos
17 Jan 2021 23:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Laashu - The Five Mutations

Quite a cool idea. Gave me food for thought. :) Thank you! If I post more about grammar, I think I'll talk about parataxis (i.e. the "unmarked construction") or the passive construction (itself built out of the basic five constructions). But I'm feeling hesitant about the phonology. It's very unaes...
by Porphyrogenitos
17 Jan 2021 19:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Typological voting game
Replies: 97
Views: 4668

Re: Typological voting game

I would also like to vote for A and M, but M has eleven consonants even though the maximum is ten. Could we maybe agree to remove a consonant from it or in some other way remedy this? Oh! Wow, thanks for pointing that out! Somehow I totally missed that. Well, it's my fault for not checking the subm...
by Porphyrogenitos
16 Jan 2021 00:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Laashu - The Five Mutations

Syntax: Basic constructions - continued Topic - comment I will briefly discuss the Laashu topic-comment construction. It's pretty much much it says on the tin, it's basically the same as topic-comment constructions in many East Asian languages. I decided to add it to the other three constructions i...
by Porphyrogenitos
15 Jan 2021 06:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Laashu - The Five Mutations

Syntax: Basic constructions - continued Construct - modifier Okay, so...the construct-modifier construction is perhaps the most multifunctional construction in Laashu. So I'm not sure if I'll get to everything in this post. As we saw above, it can be used in a manner akin to an adverb or prepositio...
by Porphyrogenitos
14 Jan 2021 06:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Laashu - The Five Mutations

Syntax: Basic constructions - continued Action-goal The action-goal construction is quite multifunctional, and is used to express things that would be expressed in English with prepositional phrases and verb phrases, including transitive verbs and their objects, as well as motion verbs. Action-goal...
by Porphyrogenitos
14 Jan 2021 04:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Laashu - The Five Mutations

Syntax: Basic constructions I have vacillated between saying there are four and five constructions in Laashu. The subject-predicate, action-goal, construct-modifier, and topic-comment constructions are all explicitly marked on their respective heads. The absence of one of these markers can be just ...
by Porphyrogenitos
14 Jan 2021 03:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Laashu - The Five Mutations

In Bloomfield's Language (1933), Is this a paper in journal "Language" or is Bloomfield's Language a conlang or is it a term I shoul know? Sorry this is a stupid question, but I am interested to check how those constructions are defined. AFAIK, Language is the title of classic linguistics textbook ...
by Porphyrogenitos
13 Jan 2021 23:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Typological voting game
Replies: 97
Views: 4668

Re: Typological voting game

Okay, here are the results for Round 7 ! Chapter 10: Vowel Nasalization - B) Contrastive nasal vowels absent In Round 8 , we will be voting on the submitted consonant inventories! As with the vowel quality inventories, they will be listed without usernames here, but the user who submits the winning ...
by Porphyrogenitos
13 Jan 2021 05:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Laashu - The Five Mutations

Morphophonology The syllable rhyme encodes lexical and grammatical information in Laashu - more grammatical than lexical, in fact. I'm not all that pleased that more lexical contrasts aren't possible, but this was basically my compromise system that I came up with after abandoning tone and suffixes...
by Porphyrogenitos
13 Jan 2021 05:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Laashu - The Five Mutations

Phonology Laashu has a maximum syllable structure of CCCVN, or more specifically, sCRVŋ, where R is any of /w j r l/ and V may be a diphthong. However, it is more helpful to think of it in terms of onsets and rhymes. Different consonants may combine in different ways to produce different onsets; no...
by Porphyrogenitos
13 Jan 2021 05:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Lashu - The Five Mutations

This is an idea I have been puzzling over for a week or two, and I am finally ready to present an initial sketch of it. In Bloomfield's Language (1933), he presents a fragmentary sketch of Chinese, stating that Chinese can be described largely in terms of just three constructions. I decided I wanted...
by Porphyrogenitos
07 Jan 2021 03:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Typological voting game
Replies: 97
Views: 4668

Re: Typological voting game

Consonant inventory submission /ɓ t k k’/ /m n/ /ʋ s h/ Oh! I'm very sorry, I made the mistake of omitting it from the parameters, I'll go back and add it - for WALS Chapter 7: Glottalized Consonants, the language falls into the category "Ejectives only" - meaning no implosives or glottalized reson...
by Porphyrogenitos
06 Jan 2021 18:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Typological voting game
Replies: 97
Views: 4668

Re: Typological voting game

Okay, Round 6 is complete! The winner is vowel quality inventory G , contributed by shimobaatar, with the tie-breaking vote cast by Ratsawn! G) /i ɨ u/ /e/ /a/ This also means that our consonant inventory may have no more than 10 consonants, in order to stay within the bounds of consonant inventory ...
by Porphyrogenitos
04 Jan 2021 08:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Typological voting game
Replies: 97
Views: 4668

Re: Typological voting game

We're currently at a tie, so anyone who hasn't yet voted is welcomed to do so. (The tie is between G and K, but by no means feel limited to those two.)
by Porphyrogenitos
03 Jan 2021 08:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 234
Views: 18049

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Today I was browsing the updates for the loglang Toaq (a project that I admire) and suddenly recalled Bloomfield's sketch grammar of Chinese in Language . I was inspired to make a grammatically minimal/constrained engelang type thing based on a reworking of the Chinese grammar sketch, with influence...