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What languages influence your conlangs?

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So, which natlang inspired your conlang?

I drew inspirations from German, Serbocroatian, Lithuanian and Tsez. I pretty much screwed myself twice over by doing that, but it ok :)
And how about you?

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Latin and few others
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German.

And somehow Japanese got in there.
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I have had so many conlang sketches and natlang influences (mainly phonological) that I can't even count them anymore.
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Minor influences: Dutch, Ido, Mayan, Chinese, Old Greek
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Normally I take inspiration from Russian or some Slav-Germanic lang, though right now seem to be taking inspiration from Finnish and Baltic langs.
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Lots of things. Mostly Micronesian and Polynesian; also some other Austronesian elements. I try to keep amazonian languages in mind as well, but that generally falls by the wayside as I don't find out as much about them. [I'm not a scholar - I go by articles here, overviews there, introductory chapters now and then, not serious read-through-the-whole-grammar stuff]
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I'm currently ripping off Ainu & Chinese languages as I move away from ripping off Japanese and other Chinese/Tibetan languages.
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German, French, Lithuanian, west-Slavic a bit (Slovene, Croat, etc.), sometimes Japanese.
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ian9113 wrote:west-Slavic a bit (Slovene, Croat, etc.)
That's Southslavic
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Oops. West Slavic is Polish and Czech and stuff. :-s
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ian9113 wrote:Oops. West Slavic is Polish and Czech and stuff. :-s
Don't worry. I once grouped Ossetian, Latvian and Estonian in the same "Caucasian European" group, in homework for Serbian. And we were supposed to write a story.
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Sumerian, possibly Hebrew.
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Midhera is basically just a ripoff of every native american language ever (especially the Athabaskan family). Except the phonology which started as a ripoff of Quenya (which was a ripoff of Finnish) but slowly transformed into an inhuman abomination.

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Micamo wrote:Midhera is basically just a ripoff of every native american language ever (especially the Athabaskan family). Except the phonology which started as a ripoff of Quenya (which was a ripoff of Finnish) but slowly transformed into an inhuman abomination.

[ˈkḁse̥θe̥l̥ːḁsi̥j̥e̥θ]!
How can you even distinguish anything in that word. The vowels are all voiceless! All of them? Have you ever heard a voiceless vowel. I'd wager you haven't. Japanese has them -- and they're inaudible as far as I can tell.
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I'm slowly learning to distinguish the voiceless vowels; It's all about the shape of the tongue and lips in between the consonants. It's subtle, but it's there.

Plosives are the easiest consonant type to interpret a voiceless vowel between, but Midhera has words composing entirely of voiceless sonorants. Like this:

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Micamo wrote:I'm slowly learning to distinguish the voiceless vowels; It's all about the shape of the tongue and lips in between the consonants. It's subtle, but it's there.

Plosives are the easiest consonant type to interpret a voiceless vowel between, but Midhera has words composing entirely of voiceless sonorants. Like this:

[m̥ḁɹ̥i̥l̥i̥]
.....

My god! How do you shout in that language?

EDIT: What's more, how do you whisper, if practically everything has a voicing distinction?
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Midh believe discussion is a thing to always be done closely, calmly, personally, slowly, quietly. If one ever found the need to shout, words would probably not be used: Roars and hisses would take their place.

(Dragons, remember?)

Besides, in actual conversation no more than 2 entirely voiceless syllables in a row would appear very often in a row. That example I gave was pretty much deliberately constructed for the sake of showing it off. Possible? Yes. Representative of the language as a whole? No.
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Re: Natlang Influences

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Finnish, Latin, German, Dutch, Norse. Only in phonology and lexicon though.
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