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by LinguoFranco
02 Jul 2020 23:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 173
Views: 927

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: 11792
Views: 1422649

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: 74
Views: 7041

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: 1792
Views: 393820

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: 1792
Views: 393820

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: 28
Views: 879

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: 11792
Views: 1422649

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: 108075

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 ...
by LinguoFranco
21 Mar 2020 21:29
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 449
Views: 108075

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

I have an idea for an interplanetary setting where we have explored and colonized our own solar system but have not ventured beyond it. The sun has become a red giant, so I presume Mercury and Venus would no longer exist while earth can no longer support life. Mars is the new Goldilocks zone and has...
by LinguoFranco
29 Jan 2020 18:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11792
Views: 1422649

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

Okay, I hit a roadblock with my conlang because of vocabulary generation. I found out that many of my words tend to have a one on one correspondence with English, with the exception of a few words.

What are some tips for avoiding this while generating vocabulary?
by LinguoFranco
28 Dec 2019 19:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 173
Views: 927

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Looks very okay, it's basically a standard 5 vowel system plus back rounded vowels. I think some phonologists would use the IPA symbols for centrals vowels instead, but that does not really make a difference, I guess. Thanks! My concern was with having the back vowels outnumbering the front vowels,...
by LinguoFranco
28 Dec 2019 15:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 173
Views: 927

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Here's a vowel system I've been using and I want thoughts about its naturalism and balance. I actually kinda like the system.

/i ɯ u/
/e ɤ o/
/a/
by LinguoFranco
26 Dec 2019 00:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 1131
Views: 164216

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

Given Kazumbe's syllable structure (CGVC) being the most complex, I think a syllabary might work best, but I've also been toying with an abugida or a logographic system like in Chinese. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no skills in designing a conscript as I can never seem to get the aesthetic quite...
by LinguoFranco
25 Dec 2019 23:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Kazumbe Language
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: The Kazumbe Language

In a direct-inverse system, only going by animacy May not be enough. First thing you need to consider is speech act participants: either 1st or 2nd person would count as more salient than the other, and both usually count as more salient than any 3rd person. In 3rd person, you also need some strate...
by LinguoFranco
24 Dec 2019 17:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Kazumbe Language
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: The Kazumbe Language

yangfiretiger121 wrote:
24 Dec 2019 17:45
I realize you only have two affricates, but it's awkward for me to see them grouped with plosives. Otherwise, it looks good.
I often see them group with plosives in other phoneme charts, so I did, too.
by LinguoFranco
24 Dec 2019 16:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Kazumbe Language
Replies: 6
Views: 241

The Kazumbe Language

I finally have enough to present Kazumbe! It is a language spoken by a an Iron Age people who are also called Kazumbe who rely on fishing and seafaring. It has an agglutinative morphology and a direct-inverse alignment. The default word order is SOV. It's still very much a work in progress, but I th...
by LinguoFranco
04 Dec 2019 17:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11792
Views: 1422649

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

How do prenasalized consonants arise in a language?

I have a theory that it is through vowel reduction, so that /miba/ becomes /məba/ and later /mba/ and then /ᵐba/. Is this how it occurs or are there other ways?
by LinguoFranco
30 Nov 2019 03:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today? [2011–2019]
Replies: 11462
Views: 1090000

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I managed to get beyond the phonemic inventory and into word generation (finally.)
by LinguoFranco
30 Nov 2019 03:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Miscellaneous fun facts about your conlang to share and know
Replies: 35
Views: 1207

Re: Miscellaneous fun facts about your conlang to share and know

Pekaw (placeholder name) has prenasalized stops, which I haven't seen in too many conlangs (although I don't peruse other people's phonemic inventories often, beyond this site. It also has a collective/singulative number, with some nouns being unmarked when there is more than one of that noun, and a...
by LinguoFranco
12 Nov 2019 02:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: what brought you to conlanging?
Replies: 26
Views: 772

Re: what brought you to conlanging?

I like worldbuilding and decided to create a language for the main country of my world, and ended up discovering the conlanging rabbit hole.