Search found 546 matches

by Davush
23 Sep 2020 23:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Diglossia and usage of official language
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: Diglossia and usage of official language

I think there are several things to consider which might help answer your question regarding the case of Arabic vs German in particular. I think the first and probably main factor is that the Arabic-speaking world spans a huge ethno-culturally diverse region, the histories of which are very differen...
by Davush
23 Sep 2020 22:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 330
Views: 781

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

Well, "why" questions really get more into the theological/linguistic side of things, and I can't really answer. Depends on your denomination, I suppose. ... Thank you, Salmoneus. That was very useful! While such questions do verge into the 'theological' side of things, I think they are nonetheless...
by Davush
11 Sep 2020 11:14
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 330
Views: 781

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

Hello. I have some questions regarding headedness and compounding which hopefully somebody more knowledgeable might be able to explain/expand upon. 1) Does compounding always overwhelmingly follow the overall head direction of the language? E.g. considering just Noun-Noun compounds for now, are ther...
by Davush
07 Sep 2020 11:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XII - FINISHED!!
Replies: 238
Views: 8018

Re: CBB Conlang Relay XII - ONGOING (signups remain open)

DzêtaRedfang wrote: 07 Sep 2020 10:11 The torch has been sent at last! Sorry about that guys.
Received, thanks!
by Davush
01 Sep 2020 20:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XII - FINISHED!!
Replies: 238
Views: 8018

Re: CBB Conlang Relay XII - ONGOING (signups remain open)

Very late to the game, but I'd like to join if there is still space? I will use Common Dilmunidic, my latest conlang which I have been sketching and could do with some impetus to flesh it out. Thanks! Absolutely! [:D] In the interest of time, do you mind being added to Ring 2? Of course, that's fine!
by Davush
01 Sep 2020 18:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XII - FINISHED!!
Replies: 238
Views: 8018

Re: CBB Conlang Relay XII - ONGOING (signups remain open)

Very late to the game, but I'd like to join if there is still space? I will use Common Dilmunidic, my latest conlang which I have been sketching and could do with some impetus to flesh it out. Thanks!
by Davush
09 May 2020 14:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 279
Views: 949

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

Interesting! [...] There you go, three different ways! None of them, to be honest, are particularly likely chains of events, but I think they're all conceivable plausible, and each elegant to some extent in its own way... Thank you, Salmoneus! All three of those solutions are indeed elegant in thei...
by Davush
08 May 2020 19:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 279
Views: 949

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

I have a stress related question. In this language, vowel length and gemination are non-phonemic, but play a prominent role due to allophony. Stress is non-phonemic, but somewhat idiosyncratic. Initial-vowels are never stressed which can often lead to word-final stress: azal > azál atraf > atráf Wor...
by Davush
02 May 2020 21:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Waqħuuj
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Waqħuuj

Revision I am unhappy with the focus marking and sentence final particles, and so will ignore these for now. Previous posts regarding these are obsolete. I think I want Waqħuuj to be typologically closer to a creole, which complex focus marking does not seem conducive to. Pronouns Pronouns do not ma...
by Davush
01 May 2020 13:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Waqħuuj
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Waqħuuj

I'm not too sure about the topic-comment clause - could you give me an example so I can consider how it might be dealt with? It's the "normal clause". "I love you" is a clause about "I" which is the topic. The "new" info is that I love you. Or is there any marker? There's no overt topic marking, so...
by Davush
30 Apr 2020 18:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Waqħuuj
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Waqħuuj

Isn't it quite abnormal that voiceless consonants cannot appear word-finally but the voiced ones can? Somali has something like that but the distinction is rather between aspirated and unaspirated (with several allophones) consonants. How is a normal topic-comment clause marked? A clause that has a...
by Davush
30 Apr 2020 14:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Waqħuuj
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Waqħuuj

Introduction Waqħuuj /waʕuːdʒ/ is a vaguely Cushitic-inspired conlang set in the far future of a conworld where it has become a global lingua franca. Many of its elements are also inspired by Creoles, such as limited inflectional morphology, TAM marking being expressed pre-verbally in the order of ...
by Davush
15 Apr 2020 17:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introducing: Kwalryu
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Introducing: Kwalryu

Vowel-Initial Fricatisation Word-initial /a i u/ are most often realised as fricatives [ɦ ʑ β] except in very careful speech or when spelling out words. Diachronically, this is likely due to vowel-initial words being forbidden, i.e. they were [ɦa ji wu]. /e o/ are [je wo] utterance initially or in ...
by Davush
14 Apr 2020 11:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introducing: Kwalryu
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Introducing: Kwalryu

Update: I am not entirely happy with /rʷ/ [ðˠ]. I think I will make [ʁ] the most common realisation, with [q] word-initially. Romanised <q>. Plurals Plurals are formed by a kind of (much eroded) reduplication which takes part in several morpho-phonemic processes. This makes plurals seem quite opaque...
by Davush
12 Apr 2020 22:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introducing: Kwalryu
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Re: Introducing: Kwalryu

I like that rhotics have properties of coronals and dorsals combined. That's a property of natlangs that I haven't seen in any conlang, IIRC. Thanks! You've actually just inspired an idea that I really like! Palatalisation and Labialisation are now only contrastive on velars, so: /k kʷ kʲ/ [k kʷ c]...
by Davush
12 Apr 2020 16:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introducing: Kwalryu
Replies: 6
Views: 379

Introducing: Kwalryu

Apparently I can't seem to stick to any one language for any length of time...so here is my latest. Kwalryu /kʷaʑʑɨ/ is the result of a random phonology experiment. I have no ideas for setting or grammar yet, but hopefully they will come. The aesthetic goal was inspired by reasonably small phonologi...
by Davush
22 Feb 2020 10:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Qutrussan Revisited: A Tigro-Euphratic Language?
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: Qutrussan Revisited: A Tigro-Euphratic Language?

I like this. Historical linguists would probably get headaches trying to classify this - parts of the morphology are quite clearly IE, other parts just as clearly Semitic, etc. - reminds me of the contentions about Etruscan, which some people believe to be related to IE (some even claim that it was...
by Davush
18 Feb 2020 10:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Qutrussan Revisited: A Tigro-Euphratic Language?
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: Qutrussan Revisited: A Tigro-Euphratic Language?

I’m really enjoying this. Sounds like Qutrussan is right at home on Earth. It’s even more fun than the previous iteration. Thanks! I am enjoying the setting [:D] I apologize if this is a stupid question, but is Qutrussan a living language? Good question! I haven't given it much thought (yet), but I...
by Davush
15 Feb 2020 13:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Qutrussan Revisited: A Tigro-Euphratic Language?
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: Qutrussan Revisited: A Tigro-Euphratic Language?

This is very impressive. This inspires me to interject a (con)language isolate with a heavy local substrate somewhere as well. Thanks! The idea is that Qutrussan is a 'mystery' Mesopotamian language of sorts. Whether or not it's actually an isolate is unclear, as parts of it seem reminiscent of IE ...
by Davush
14 Feb 2020 11:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Qutrussan Revisited: A Tigro-Euphratic Language?
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: Qutrussan Revisited: A Tigro-Euphratic Language?

Common Gender Plurals Common gender plurals are perhaps the most complex part of Qutrussan nominal morphology, employing something similar to Semitic-style 'broken' plurals (i.e. templatic morphology). Initially, these plurals (as well as other parts of the morphology) led scholars to believe Qutru...