Some questions regarding phonology and grammar

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Some questions regarding phonology and grammar

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Hey all! Am new to this forum. So I got some burning questions about stuff related to phonology and grammar and figured it'd be cool to ask here.
My conlang is going to be a somewhat Romance language. However, I had skipped the phonological evolution part and went straight to its current phonology. Do you suggest I go back and develop the phonetics from Vulgar Latin or do I just dump it?
As for grammar, do I make up the grammar and syntax first or develop the lexicon?

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Re: Some questions regarding phonology and grammar

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Big johngus wrote: 14 Nov 2020 08:18My conlang is going to be a somewhat Romance language. However, I had skipped the phonological evolution part and went straight to its current phonology. Do you suggest I go back and develop the phonetics from Vulgar Latin or do I just dump it?
Well, I say no to just dumping it. What you do with the phonology depends on what kind of conlang you want. Is this conlang supposed to be a naturalistic Romance language, that is, one that organically emerged from Latin? Or is it more Romance inspired, where you're making a conlang separate from the Romance languages that borrows features you enjoy? In the former case, I would say it's important to work out the sound changes because that's a significant aspect of making a naturalistic romlang. In the latter case, I would say you only need to figure out sound changes if you want to.

Big johngus wrote: 14 Nov 2020 08:18As for grammar, do I make up the grammar and syntax first or develop the lexicon?
There isn't a simple answer to this question because each part of a language interacts with all the other parts. I would say to work on the aspects that most interest you or the ones that will help you most in the conlanging process. For example, it is possible to develop grammar with no vocabulary; you will just be working with abstract units of meaning instead of specific words. But personally, I find it helpful to have at least some basic words at my disposal. Conversely, you can do a lot of lexicon-building without grammar and syntax, but these can become relevant for processes like derivation and declension.
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