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by LinguoFranco
12 Dec 2020 17:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Japanese Pitch Accent [split from Q&A]
Replies: 16
Views: 911

Japanese Pitch Accent [split from Q&A]

Does Japanese's pitch accent have a 'bounded' system?

For example, in Ancient Greek, the accent is right bounded, and (I think) it can fall on the ultimate, penultimate or antepenult.
by LinguoFranco
12 Dec 2020 17:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 17978

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I have realised in Hakuan the following "problem": When both agent and patient are 3rd person, and one is pronominal, it is impossible to retrieve which one is the A and which the P. Although both arguments are marked on the verb, they don't have separate A/P forms to distinguish. For example: saps...
by LinguoFranco
09 Dec 2020 16:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 17978

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

So, I noticed some natlangs where /b/ is the only voiced stop. I'm wondering what could have given rise to this asymmetry, as I want to incorporate it into my own phonology. One podcast I listen to says that in Arapaho, it's because the /m/ shifted to /b/ or something like that. Yet, there are some ...
by LinguoFranco
06 Dec 2020 22:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 232
Views: 14412

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

/m n ŋ/ /p t (ʈ) k (kʷ) q/ /s (ʂ) ʃ~ɬ h~ɦ x/ /l r j w~ʋ/ /t͡ʃ~t͡ɬ/ /ɪ~i iː ʊ~u u:/ /a aː/ The most complex syllables permitted are CVC and CVV. There is a simple pitch accent system. The phonemes in parentheses are not yet a part of the inventory, but I'm thinking about adding them anyway. /x/ is su...
by LinguoFranco
05 Dec 2020 12:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 17978

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

How are slack voiced stops pronounced?

I get it in theory, but I have a hard time telling whether I'm doing it right.
by LinguoFranco
24 Oct 2020 04:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 232
Views: 14412

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

I quite like this inventory, but now I'm starting to see problems. /m n/ /p t t͡ʃ t͡ɬ k/ /b d g/ /s ɬ x/ /z ɮ/ /l j ʋ /i u/ /e o/ /a/ I've been told it is unusual to have /l/, /ɬ/ and /ɮ/ in the same language, and that does seem to be the case with the natlangs I've perused. The syllable structure i...
by LinguoFranco
09 Sep 2020 15:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What languages influence your conlangs?
Replies: 90
Views: 9031

Re: What languages influence your conlangs?

My first ever conlang was a mix of Spanish and Nahuatl. I didn't actually know any Nahuatl, so the language was actually based on the names I got from reading books, when some of the phonemes didn't exist in Classical Nahuatl, so it was based more on what I thought it sounded like. Hecorajo (now def...
by LinguoFranco
09 Sep 2020 15:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 17978

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

How important is aesthetics and sound in a conlang? Obviously, a conlang needs sound to be spoken, but some conlangers aim to make a language that sounds nice to them, while others point out that a language that sounds pleasant all the time is impossible and thus aesthetics and preference isn't that...
by LinguoFranco
08 Sep 2020 14:15
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1813
Views: 411401

Re: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I'm building the setting mostly for the sake of worldbuilding, but plan to develop it enough to write stories in it. The magic storm isn't a regular storm or an ion storm, as getting caught in it might turn people into dogs or something. It's effects are mostly unpredictable and usually dangerous. M...
by LinguoFranco
08 Sep 2020 05:25
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1813
Views: 411401

Re: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

So, I'm stuck with my setting. It is science fantasy. Magic exists in the setting, but it is an untamed and unpredictable force, so phenomena such as magic storms are common. Civilization occurs in areas without as much magical activity. Since people cannot normally use magic, they instead developed...
by LinguoFranco
04 Sep 2020 22:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Pitakuna Language
Replies: 1
Views: 241

The Pitakuna Language

Pitakuna [pɪta'kʊna] is a language spoken by a race of forest dwelling humans also called the Pitakuna. They construct their homes high up in the trees and connect to each other by rope bridges. Below is the phonemic inventory for their language: /m n ŋ/ /p t ts k ʔ/ /pʰ tʰ kʰ/ /ɸ s ʃ h/ /β z/ /l ɻ ...
by LinguoFranco
01 Sep 2020 18:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 17978

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

How would you describe the sound of a velarized consonant, like the broad consonants found in Irish?
by LinguoFranco
02 Jul 2020 23:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 232
Views: 14412

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Here's an inventory I've been fixated on lately: /m n/ /t t͡ʃ k/ /b̥ d̥ d͡ʒ̥ g̥/ /s ʃ ɬ x/ /l ɻ j ʋ/ I'm undecided about the vowel system. I might use the standard /a e i o u/, or I might copy Nahuatl's /i iː e e o oː a aː/, or use a vertical vowel system like the one found in Abkhaz. The most compl...
by LinguoFranco
02 Jul 2020 00:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 17978

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

So, I've begun my first serious attempt at making a Proto-Lang to use as a basis for my main conlang, and I have a few questions. -How much depth should I put into the earliest stage of the Proto-Lang before I start applying sound changes and and other tweaks? How much of the morphology, grammar and...
by LinguoFranco
17 May 2020 16:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang word easter eggs?
Replies: 91
Views: 10221

Re: Conlang word easter eggs?

I don't have a lot of Easter eggs in my main project due to phonological constraints, but I fit them in there where I can.

The verb for "travel" is "kino," which is the name of the protagonist of an anime I like, and it's about a person who travels between various countries.
by LinguoFranco
17 May 2020 15:15
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1813
Views: 411401

Re: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I've been reading about coreless planets, and I'm wondering if it is possible they could contain a strong magnetosphere? By coreless, I mean a world that has no metallic core or magma, and is entirely rocky mantle. Is there a way I can get around having a core in order to have a magnetosphere? The ...
by LinguoFranco
17 May 2020 02:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1813
Views: 411401

Re: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I've been reading about coreless planets, and I'm wondering if it is possible they could contain a strong magnetosphere? By coreless, I mean a world that has no metallic core or magma, and is entirely rocky mantle. Is there a way I can get around having a core in order to have a magnetosphere? The i...
by LinguoFranco
28 Mar 2020 22:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Does anyone else try and actually speak or pronounce their conlang or is it all on paper?
Replies: 33
Views: 2731

Re: Does anyone else try and actually speak or pronounce their conlang or is it all on paper?

I practice the pronunciation aloud just to see if I like how it sounds. I was working on a conlang with a goal for it to be my ideal language, but I ended up not liking how it sounds, so I scrapped it and started anew.
by LinguoFranco
28 Mar 2020 22:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 17978

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

What are some ways to achieve a portmanteau agreement system? Let's say a language has polypersonal agreement, but uses one affix to mark both the subject and the object. So, /kanu/ is a verb that means "to fight." The suffix -/jon/ marks the subject as first person and the object as second person, ...
by LinguoFranco
21 Mar 2020 22:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 449
Views: 114866

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

Yeah, I mean't Saturn. My bad. I'm not a scientist, but I figure that the sun becoming a red giant would perhaps make Mars easier to settle or terraform, but I'm likely to be dead wrong. I kinda agree with you about Mars. I find Titan to more interesting. I like galactic scale settings, but I think ...