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by LinguistCat
23 Sep 2020 00:34
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How necessary are noun cases?
Replies: 15
Views: 191

Re: How necessary are noun cases?

English isn't a good example of a language with noun cases, because it only has noun cases when it comes to some pronouns. And even then, very few of them. English does mostly use word order to show the role of a word in a statement. However, languages that use noun cases more frequently -especially...
by LinguistCat
14 Sep 2020 18:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Sound changes boggle me
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Re: Sound changes boggle me

Thanks Sal, this all makes a lot of sense. Hopefully I can keep a lot of it in mind for what I'm working on. It is a very clear way to think about the process, in any case. I checked the context for that change, and while I couldn't find a starting phonology, it seems like nothing became /x/ and the...
by LinguistCat
14 Sep 2020 10:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Sound changes boggle me
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Sound changes boggle me

I'm not always the best with sound changes so I've been looking through things like index diachronica to get a handle on the types of sound changes are likely to happen, ranging from one offs with one sound changed in a specific context to a set of phonemes sharing some trait in a set of similar con...
by LinguistCat
11 Aug 2020 20:59
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 166
Views: 419

Re: 99 Luftballons & Multilingualism

https://youtu.be/wZB1OZBQwyU 99 Luftballons & Multilingualism The musician who did that particular cover is an interesting person himself, and also composes and plays his own original music, and he used to take requests to compose short songs thru the website "Songs To Wear Pants To Dot Com". Now h...
by LinguistCat
17 Jun 2020 05:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Classical Chinese help for conlang project?
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: Classical Chinese help for conlang project?

Salmoneus wrote: 17 Jun 2020 02:57 Wikipedia actually compares a bunch of Old Chinese reconstructions. IME, you can also find some interesting speculative papers, including possible Sino-Tibetan comparisons, if you search for stuff on the type A/type B distinction.
Thanks, that's pretty cool!
by LinguistCat
16 Jun 2020 20:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Classical Chinese help for conlang project?
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: Classical Chinese help for conlang project?

Thank you. I definitely know the issues with reconstructing the phonology itself since the languages I AM coming at this from are the Japonic language family, and even that doesn't have as many issues. Though because of relying on other languages in the Sino-sphere, things become a bit circular in r...
by LinguistCat
15 Jun 2020 20:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Classical Chinese help for conlang project?
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Classical Chinese help for conlang project?

Does anyone know good resources for reconstructions of Classical Chinese phonology and the basics of the grammar system? I'm not familiar with modern Chinese languages to any extent that would be useful, and have mostly found non-linguistics based resources that use primarily Pinyin and modification...
by LinguistCat
12 Jun 2020 17:17
Forum: Games
Topic: Romanization game #2
Replies: 921
Views: 37625

Re: Romanization game #2

/m n/ <m n>
/p t k/ <p t k>
/f s h/ <f s h>
/l j w/ <l y w>

/i u ə a/ <i u e a>

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Next
/m n ŋ/
/b d dz d̠ʒ ɖʐ g/
/p t ts t̠ʃ ʈʂ k/
/f s ʃ x/
/r l/

/i ʉ u e ə ɔ a/
/ei ou ai au/
/ɹ̩ dz̩ ts̩ s̩/

Please make the syllabic sounds discernible from their nonsyllabic counterparts.
by LinguistCat
12 Jun 2020 16:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 334
Views: 829

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

German allows the construction but I don't know if it's completely parallel. You can either say (1) or (2) without much difference in meaning: (1) Mein Frühstück heute my breakfast today `my breakfast today' (2) Mein heut-iges Frühstück my today-ADJ breakfast `my breakfast today' I don't think this...
by LinguistCat
09 Jun 2020 17:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Does anyone else try and actually speak or pronounce their conlang or is it all on paper?
Replies: 28
Views: 1154

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

...and do you try and speak or pronouce it Currently mine is related to and based on Japanese so aside from some details, it's pronounced similar to Japanese. I might change some things about the phonology and such so that might change but probably still pronounceable. and do you try to speak or pr...
by LinguistCat
08 Jun 2020 18:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Does anyone else try and actually speak or pronounce their conlang or is it all on paper?
Replies: 28
Views: 1154

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

Currently mine is related to and based on Japanese so aside from some details, it's pronounced similar to Japanese. I might change some things about the phonology and such so that might change but probably still pronounceable.
by LinguistCat
27 May 2020 19:02
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 256
Views: 42990

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

... I came up with this idea long ago but I never really thought it through. I only just now realized that such a vast difference in female anatomy between two groups of humans would almost certainly result in a corresponding difference in male anatomy. Put more bluntly: DREAMER MEN HAVE TINY PENIS...
by LinguistCat
28 Apr 2020 21:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 334
Views: 829

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

And meanwhile in Japanese the distinction between here and there is distinguished not by their vowels but by their consonants: koko (here) vs. soko (there) where the consonant used for "here" is actually pronounced further back than the one for "there". And then there's asoko (over there) which jus...
by LinguistCat
26 Apr 2020 20:07
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 166
Views: 419

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

I have been watching videos by "debu idol" group Big Angel びっくえんじぇる. Important to note they call themselves debu. They have a lot of cute song videos and those videos where you try making various candy kits or other foods, but also have a little calisthenics thing they do recently since a lot of peo...
by LinguistCat
23 Apr 2020 19:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 8values political quiz
Replies: 45
Views: 1934

Re: 8values political quiz

I got https://8values.github.io/results.html?e=87.2&d=94.4&g=76.6&s=74.3 . Is this a US-American quiz? I'm not sure but the American idea of ""Libertarianism"" is very different from the technical meaning of it in political theory that seems to be used by the quiz, in any case. I also got put in th...
by LinguistCat
29 Mar 2020 06:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 287
Views: 1031

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 LinguistCat
10 Mar 2020 19:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 334
Views: 829

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

Would it be likely for a language that has two ways of forming concessive constructions to turn one into a concessive conditional? In Classical Chinese, two juxtaposed clauses without any markers of their relationship can be interpreted as temporally sequential (first A, then B), conditional (if A,...
by LinguistCat
10 Mar 2020 04:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 334
Views: 829

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

Would it be likely for a language that has two ways of forming concessive constructions to turn one into a concessive conditional? Example: A construction that meant " Even though John smokes, he's still in good health." coming to mean " Even if John smokes, he may stay in good health." It seems to ...
by LinguistCat
04 Mar 2020 23:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 163
Views: 6006

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Well mostly yesterday but I've been going through my resources for Old Japanese and making spread sheets to keep everything organized so I can come back and apply sound changes for my cat lang, and see where changes in grammar might need to be made.
by LinguistCat
29 Feb 2020 19:55
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Introduction thread(s)
Replies: 642
Views: 225710

Re: Introduction thread(s)

Huh. So they're not making that flagship bit of geekery Dungeons & Dragons anymore -- it's evolved into something else? Or at least a different name? No, they are. Pathfinder is a different RPG that, apparently, started out as a modified version of D&D. Oh, I see. I don't think I ever knew anyone a...