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by LinguoFranco
15 May 2021 04:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 569
Views: 47877

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

Is isochrony useful for setting up a conlang? I know some people try to categorize languages as syllable-timed, stress-timed and mora-timed, but with most things linguistic, most natlangs don't fall neatly into any of those categories.

Is it still worth thinking about when designing a conlang?
by LinguoFranco
03 May 2021 23:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 39
Views: 11174

Re: Languages with interesting phonotactics

I think Japanese can have some interesting phonotactics. On the surface, it appears largely CV/CVN, but it also has lots of devoiced vowels, so you get words that kinda sound like they have clusters to those unfamiliar with the language.
by LinguoFranco
29 Apr 2021 20:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Yonala Language
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: The Yonala Language

The word is verb initial. Normally, it's VSO, although VOS is used if the speaker wants to emphasize the object, or as a form of topicalization. Is this post on morphology or syntax? VSO word order is nice, but polypersonal agreement suffixes are also cool. For now, just syntax, but I intend to fle...
by LinguoFranco
29 Apr 2021 17:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Yonala Language
Replies: 2
Views: 161

The Yonala Language

Yonala is a language spoken by people in a tropical rainforest. They sustain themselves primarily by foraging and occasionally hunting. The language isn't spoken outside of a few villages. Let's move on to the phonology. Consonants: /m n ɲ/ /p t t͡s~t͡ʃ c k/ /s x/ /l ʎ j w~ʋ/ Vowels: /a aː i iː o oː...
by LinguoFranco
28 Apr 2021 18:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 279
Views: 29496

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

I didn't specify, but I assumed it would work like a stress, but the stress syllable is distinguished solely by pitch.
by LinguoFranco
27 Apr 2021 18:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 279
Views: 29496

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

I just started a new conlang and here's its inventory: /m n ŋ/ /p t k ʔ/ /b d g/ /f s h/ /v z/ /l j w/ /i iː u uː/ /e eː o oː/ /a a:/ It has a strict CV(V) phonotactics. It has a pitch accent that is sensitive to syllable weight. If there are no heavy syllables in a word, the first syllable takes th...
by LinguoFranco
26 Apr 2021 05:53
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 466
Views: 123705

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

I'm considering working a Space Western society. I have a vague interstellar sci-fi universe, but it's more space opera, but I might revamp it to focus on smaller scale stories that focus on the protagonist's problems. The ironic thing is, that I don't like the traditional Western genre, but the ide...
by LinguoFranco
29 Mar 2021 17:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Weird coincidences in your conlanging journey
Replies: 21
Views: 2755

Re: Weird coincidences in your conlanging journey

A very minor one: In one of my scrapped conlangs, the suffix -ki was used for negation. Rukai uses the /ki/ for negation as well, except as a prefix, IIRC. Oh, and another conlang of mine had /ⁿde/ as the first person pronoun, but it's the second person pronoun in Guarani. The biggest coincidences a...
by LinguoFranco
27 Mar 2021 03:17
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 264
Views: 17168

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

I've started watching the Expanse, but I'm only three episodes into it so far.
by LinguoFranco
25 Mar 2021 18:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 569
Views: 47877

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

I think I understand what VOT is, but does anyone have any examples of variation between languages, as I think the timing is different?
by LinguoFranco
15 Feb 2021 01:07
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 466
Views: 123705

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

I've been inspired to create a world inspired by both the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. I don't have anything set in stone beyond a few basic concepts to capture the feel of those settings: 1. This world is loosely connected to our own, in that people from one world can travel to the other, ...
by LinguoFranco
07 Feb 2021 20:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 569
Views: 47877

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

Is a pitch accent dependent upon syllable weight?

It's been awhile since I last researched the concept, but I recall it being so in Ancient Greek. Does the same apply to Japanese or Vedic Sanskrit?
by LinguoFranco
12 Dec 2020 17:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Japanese Pitch Accent [split from Q&A]
Replies: 27
Views: 3222

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: 569
Views: 47877

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: 569
Views: 47877

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: 279
Views: 29496

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: 569
Views: 47877

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: 279
Views: 29496

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: 11045

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: 569
Views: 47877

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...