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by WeepingElf
Wed 10 Oct 2018, 20:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Words to mean Friend
Replies: 21
Views: 681

Re: Words to mean Friend

Iyionaku wrote:
Wed 10 Oct 2018, 10:04
朋 is a pictogramm of a bird that used to be pronounced identically to the word of friend, according to wiktionary.
Why does that bird look like two moons?
by WeepingElf
Wed 10 Oct 2018, 14:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Words to mean Friend
Replies: 21
Views: 681

Re: Words to mean Friend

The Old Albic word for 'friend', valara, is a derivative of vala 'heart'.
by WeepingElf
Mon 08 Oct 2018, 19:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2876
Views: 224465

Re: Yay or Nay?

Since pː → pʰ is attested, how likely is the opposite pʰ → pː in an intervocalic environment? Both [pʰ] and [pː] could be viewed as fortis realizations of [p]. Yea or Nay on making them interchangeable intervocalically such that: p pʰ → f p \ V_V I'd say nay: [pʰ] is more likely to become [f] than ...
by WeepingElf
Sun 07 Oct 2018, 16:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14156
Views: 935948

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

Old High German used <z> to represent the laminal /s/ derived from PG. *t, while using <s> to represent the apical /s̺/ derived from PG. *s, which later becomes /ʃ/ in word-initial consonant clusters. That could be used as a precedent for writing /s/, /ʃ/ as <z>, <s>, if your orthography was establ...
by WeepingElf
Mon 24 Sep 2018, 19:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 654
Views: 89341

Re: False cognates

:eng: Earth (and :deu: Erde) - :ara: أَرْض 'ard "earth" I'm sure this one has been brought up many times before, but I just read it in a book about Arab history and that's just weird. I mean, how can they not be related? One has to wonder... There are speculations that this could be a Neolithic Wan...
by WeepingElf
Sat 22 Sep 2018, 22:53
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 706
Views: 120447

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

my moths prefer to wear silk from other races than their own. they find it rude to wear your slik. Which makes perfect sense. Who wears shoes made of human leather? And it's not as if anyone puts another person's hair on their head … Wait. But seriously, aren't human-hair wigs a better analog for s...
by WeepingElf
Sat 22 Sep 2018, 17:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 706
Views: 120447

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

fruityloops wrote:
Tue 18 Sep 2018, 22:17
my moths prefer to wear silk from other races than their own. they find it rude to wear your slik.
Which makes perfect sense. Who wears shoes made of human leather?
by WeepingElf
Fri 07 Sep 2018, 19:44
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?
Replies: 74
Views: 14636

Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Non-human conpeople will come into play when I'll get to develop the Trellis, a space opera universe that will be set several centuries after the Global Spring, which I am already collecting ideas for. The Trellis will feature various non-humanoid alien intelligent life forms.
by WeepingElf
Fri 07 Sep 2018, 19:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11178
Views: 765080

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Why is "continents" in quotes? Are these really just large islands, subcontinents or continent-sized political units?
by WeepingElf
Thu 06 Sep 2018, 21:58
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?
Replies: 74
Views: 14636

Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Perhaps dwarves and fairies are the same species, with an extreme sexual dimorphism - the dwarves are the males and the fairies the females. (I think this idea is not new. I can't give a reference, but I am pretty sure that I have seen it in some book about European folklore.)
by WeepingElf
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 18:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 700
Views: 81622

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

shimobaatar wrote:
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 12:19
Zé do Rock wrote:
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 08:42
'Nichts' doesnt have /x/, it has /ç/.
Isn't [ç] an allophone of /x/?
It is. The rule is not "no /x/ within a word" but "no /x/ in syllable onsets".
by WeepingElf
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 18:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 700
Views: 81622

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Salmoneus wrote:
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 00:20
Someone's probably mentioned this already, but Old English (Geman Kuh, etc), vs Old Irish (and modern Irish for that matter) .
Not everybody here knows that the former means 'cow' and the latter 'dog'.
by WeepingElf
Mon 03 Sep 2018, 19:41
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?
Replies: 50
Views: 4635

Re: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?

Let me add that my conworlds serve to tell stories. I am currently working on two of them. One is the near future history "Global Spring" (named after the planned novel), which is turning around the transformation of our society into a free, peaceful, prosperous and ecologically sustainable world so...
by WeepingElf
Mon 03 Sep 2018, 19:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 700
Views: 81622

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Aren't all :deu: words with a /x/ that is not syllable-final, loan words, unless their is a vowel-initial suffix? Sound's about right. Yes. German /x/ is either from Proto-Germanic */x/, which has become /h/ in syllable onsets, or (via the High German consonant shift) from Proto-Germanic */k/, whic...
by WeepingElf
Sat 01 Sep 2018, 19:12
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?
Replies: 50
Views: 4635

Re: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?

I have been a conworlder for longer than I have been a conlanger, and I'd still say that I am a conworlder first, even if most of my conlangs are set in a version of the real world that differs in little else than having a few extra languages and the "Elven" conculture. Yet, I am also working on a f...
by WeepingElf
Sat 25 Aug 2018, 15:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)
Replies: 59
Views: 5522

Re: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)

As a conlanger I prefer to use a taxonomy from construction kinds... - a priori languages (built from non linguistic first principles) - a posteriori languages ( built from natlangs) - ex nihilo languages (built from scratch) This is a good idea, thanks! Finally, a name for the nameless category be...
by WeepingElf
Fri 24 Aug 2018, 19:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 700
Views: 81622

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Has anyone mentioned this one yet?
:gbr: pantomime vs. :deu: Pantomime 'mime'
by WeepingElf
Mon 13 Aug 2018, 21:24
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What kind of conlanger are you?
Replies: 150
Views: 19414

Re: What kind of conlanger are you?

I am a loyalist with filler leanings: I have one conlang, Old Albic , which is my main project on which I have been working for about 17 years now; yet, I fancy it to have a number of dialects, relatives and descendants, making up a family called Hesperic . And on top of that, I have some ideas for ...
by WeepingElf
Sun 12 Aug 2018, 14:36
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)
Replies: 59
Views: 5522

Re: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)

There is some confusion about the meanings of the terms a priori , a posteriori and naturalistic because most of us use them differently than the interlinguists (scholars studying auxlangs). The terms a priori and a posteriori were defined in a 1903 book on IALs by two French scholars, Couturat and ...
by WeepingElf
Tue 07 Aug 2018, 14:29
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: If natlangs were conlangs
Replies: 78
Views: 9099

Re: If natlangs were conlangs

The Kartvelian family is a masterpiece. The consonant inventory incorporates all the major distinctions characteristic of the area where it is set, but without falling into the kitchen sink like the other two Caucasian families. But the consonant clusters sometimes go quite far - a bit less would ha...