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by WeepingElf
Wed 11 Jul 2018, 20:01
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Music in my con world, how about yours?
Replies: 16
Views: 475

Re: Music in my con world, how about yours?

What I know yet about Old Albic music can be found here. Impressionally, I am thinking of a mix of Celtic, Sardinian and Georgian folk music.
by WeepingElf
Sat 07 Jul 2018, 18:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13726
Views: 818681

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

There is something like that reconstructed for PIE. Voiceless stops do not occur in roots together with breathy-voiced stops, a pattern that becomes a voicing harmony rule under the glottalic hypothesis (other phonemes than pulmonic stops have no voicing distinction, and are transparent). However, t...
by WeepingElf
Thu 05 Jul 2018, 22:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 65
Views: 6376

Re: Surprising cognates

There is this chiastic pattern in the two biggest Germanic languages:

:deu: Schaum 'foam' ~ :eng: scum
:deu: Feim 'scum' ~ :eng: foam

Though Feim is now obsolete in Standard German, but the derived adjective abgefeimt 'cunning' is still in use.
by WeepingElf
Thu 05 Jul 2018, 15:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Avarin (and other Tolkienian languages)
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Re: Avarin (and other Tolkienian languages)

I think Kinn-lai must be branched with Kindi because they both share the same delabialisation, with Kinn-Lai additionally seeing lenition of the *d (like that seen in Penni ) and the accretion of the *-lai element. The -lai element is definitely a distinct word originally, meaning "people". Yes - c...
by WeepingElf
Wed 04 Jul 2018, 20:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Altlang Ideas Discussion
Replies: 62
Views: 4458

Re: Altlang Ideas Discussion

I have now set up a new thread for the Avarin discussion.
by WeepingElf
Wed 04 Jul 2018, 20:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Avarin (and other Tolkienian languages)
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Avarin (and other Tolkienian languages)

This has come up in the altlangs thread where it does not really belong (Middle-earth is not an alternative history), so I shall open a new thread for it. The Ardalambion page on Avarin lists six names of Avari tribes which are all cognates of Q. Quendi : Kindi , Cuind , Hwenti , Windan , Kinn-lai ,...
by WeepingElf
Tue 03 Jul 2018, 18:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Altlang Ideas Discussion
Replies: 62
Views: 4458

Re: Altlang Ideas Discussion

Why turn ablaut into tonal ablaut? Why not? Well, it seems like taking a language and removing what makes it what it is. It also seems like randomly picking two things to swap, even though they've got nothing to do with one another other than the word 'ablaut'. And how? Wouldn't it be more interest...
by WeepingElf
Mon 02 Jul 2018, 21:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Altlang Ideas Discussion
Replies: 62
Views: 4458

Re: Altlang Ideas Discussion

Why turn ablaut into tonal ablaut? Why not? And how? Wouldn't it be more interesting to keep ablaut, but add tone the normal way? The idea is that PIE *e gives high tone, and PIE *o low tone. There will be further factors that contribute to tone, so there won't be a simple high/low 2-tone system, b...
by WeepingElf
Mon 02 Jul 2018, 19:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Altlang Ideas Discussion
Replies: 62
Views: 4458

Re: Altlang Ideas Discussion

Note that Avarin isn't a language, but just any Elvish language that isn't.... I can't remember the word, whichever the [Noldor+Vanyar+Teleri] group is. Eldarin. But Avarin languages aren't really altlangs . At least not in the sense I understand this word - languages spoken in altenative histories...
by WeepingElf
Sat 23 Jun 2018, 18:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Getic
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: Getic

Good stuff! But by 'oblique' in your last post, do you mean 'oxytonic'?
by WeepingElf
Fri 22 Jun 2018, 17:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Getic
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: Getic

Looks nice and interesting so far. Keep on!
by WeepingElf
Mon 11 Jun 2018, 19:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11060
Views: 685220

Re: What did you accomplish today?

So arik shyulargyuph 'inkhorn word' is itself an inkhorn word? Yeah!
by WeepingElf
Sat 09 Jun 2018, 12:18
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 565
Views: 59433

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

:por: social democratico 'centre-right' (in politics) vs. :deu: sozialdemokratisch 'centre-left' (in politics)
by WeepingElf
Mon 21 May 2018, 13:53
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 4977

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

Speaking of my own project, The Elvenpath , the main reason why my Elves are humans, nothing more and nothing less, is: I want to express my views of the human condition and the meaning of life through the project. And that demands that the characters are human , because with non-human characters, ...
by WeepingElf
Sun 20 May 2018, 15:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 4977

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

Speaking of my own project, The Elvenpath , the main reason why my Elves are humans, nothing more and nothing less, is: I want to express my views of the human condition and the meaning of life through the project. And that demands that the characters are human , because with non-human characters, I...
by WeepingElf
Tue 15 May 2018, 21:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Keplerian Proto Arab Writing System
Replies: 7
Views: 490

Re: Keplerian Proto Arab Writing System

Is it one of the planets discovered by means of the Kepler space telescope?
by WeepingElf
Thu 08 Mar 2018, 16:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11060
Views: 685220

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Three so far unnamed branches of my Hesperic language family now have names - Puranian (in France), Durian (in the Iberian Peninsula), and Padivian (in Italy).
by WeepingElf
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 21:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Ghoster's Conlangerium
Replies: 14
Views: 1750

Re: Ghoster's Conlangerium

Your scripts are GORGEOUS!!!! Imfursa looks like a bastard of Voynich Manuscript and Burmese. The Arabo-Chinese mix has grown to a unified whole. I like those scripts very much. My own Old Albic alphabet is nothing compared to yours.
by WeepingElf
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 17:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6580
Views: 496001

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

All4Ɇn wrote:
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 16:37
How, if at all, are vulgar characters taught in Chinese and Japanese schools?
What are "vulgar characters"?
by WeepingElf
Tue 06 Feb 2018, 18:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11060
Views: 685220

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Very interesting! On a worldbuilding note, I hope that the Elbim of the Elvenisles will have a better time of simian indentured servitude than us humans. I don't know yet to which extent monkeys were domesticated in the Commonwealth of the Elves; they probably weren't very widespread (I also don't ...