This is my first post on this forum. (I have been a lurker in the conlang community for quite some time though ...)
Welcome, and thanks for taking the time to post such a thorough reply!
Did you know that your conlang is featured in episode 28
of the Conlangery
podcast? They usually talk about the featured conlang about half-way through, but I heartly recommend you to listen to all of it (as well as the other episodes).
As a matter of fact, I suggested they recommend it (though, unfortunately, it seems that they read through the outdated HTML version of the reference grammar, which I've been meaning to replace). I've listened to the podcast since its beginning, and there honestly hasn't been a single episode I disliked.
After skimming through the grammar, I have the following remarks:
It is interesting that you have an indefinite article, but not a definite one. (This is a violation of universal #1163
by the way.) Implausible, but not impossible.
As so many conlangers say, "universals are meant to be broken."
More seriously, though, I tend not to put much stock in statistical universals, and the archive's list of counterexamples certainly doesn't make me any more likely to add a definite article to Gomain. (If you're interested, my explanation is that the old definite article was grammaticalized into [most of] the modern case prefixes and analogized onto nouns following the indefinite article.)
I love that your numeral system is base-12! (It is, after all, the best
I couldn't agree more!
Frankly, I think you have too many prepositions. You should have the more semantically complex ones be derived from the simpler ones. Also, adpositions usually develop from nouns. Since you seem to be interested in diachronics, why not create some nouns in the proto-language that developed into prepositions in Gomain?
I'm inclined to agree with you on this; as I recall, in the podcast review, Will Annis had the very same critique. Part of the issue has been my not knowing much about "basic" adpositions (and Google is rather unhelpful on the subject) - what makes an adposition basic rather than complex, how many basic adpositions the average natlang has, which adpositions are most commonly basic, etc. I appreciate the diachronic advice, although at this point there really isn't a proto-language yet (I'm just getting started on reconstructing earlier stages of Gomain).
While your color system is interesting, it seems a bit too specific. I don't know how color terms usually work in agglutinative languages though.
I'll admit that I have a weakness for specificity. The terms for tertiary colors used to be worse than they are - randomly mutated combinations of primary and secondary color terms. At least now, they're regularly derived...
I like the kinship terms. Younger vs. older sibling is a nice distinction.
Thanks! I was inspired to add that and other distinctions to the kinship term system after listening to the podcast's episode on kinship systems. I've always imagined Anhrushite society as being very interested in kinship, in addition to being strongly stratified, so the expansive kinship system is meant to fit in with those ideas.
The script seems impressive, but I have not looked at it in detail.
I hope you will!
Some things I would like to see:
Glossed texts (not only isolated sentences) to see the TAM system and the prepositions in action.
Are there any particular facets of the TAM system and prepositions you'd like to see demonstrated?
Sound changes in an SPE-ish format from the proto-language to the various dialects, or a list of sound correspondences.
You mean something like a > b / c_d? I've been working on that (as I mentioned above), though I haven't gotten around to posting the sound changes here yet.
Maybe reformat some of the sections, especially the ones about derivation. A table listing the various derivational affixes would be nice.
A table sounds like a great idea. In what particular ways could those sections be better formatted?
I hope I didn't (subconsciously) just repeat everything they said in the podcast.
Keep up the good work!
Thank you very much!