beach is hiedarratz (revisited)

October 23rd, 2014 by Mariska
hiedarratz = beach (noun) (some things Google found for "hiedarratz": an unique term; did not match any documents)

Word derivation for "beach" :
Basque = hondartza (sand + suffix meaning large quantity)
Finnish = hiekkaranta (sand + shore) or ranta
Miresua = hiedarratz (sand + edge or border)

My previous Miresua conlang word for beach was heidaratz. I'm changing this compound word because, in the previous post, I changed the word for sand to hiedar. The second half of the Miresua word for beach, ratz, which means edge or border, is a valid combination of the Basque word ertz and the Finnish word reuna.

I couldn't find the word beach in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but I found an occurrence in Through the Looking-glass.
"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach..."


October 22nd, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

A conlang in which all consonants are voiced, but all vowels are unvoiced.

Detail #110: Verb Morphology Observations

October 22nd, 2014 by Miekko
One detail that seems quite common to conlangs that I guess is justifiedly common is a detail in verb morphology. It seems both nature and conlangers like verbs to mark person gives 83 languages without any person marking on their verbs in its sample, and about 300 with. Granted, of those 300, less than those without person marking exclusively have exclusively subject-marking. Conversely, about 200 mark both subject and object, 24 mark only the object, and six have a system where either the subject or the object is marked.

Anyways, we could maybe try and do something else. Maintain marking with roughly the same amount of different markings, but having some entirely different things instead of person.

Here's one suggestion, and I hope others can come up with other ideas that deviate in other ways:
present transitive, non-past intransitive, non-past existential, present intensive transitive, present intensive non-transitive (includes existential) 
past transitive, past intransitive (merges with past existential), past intensive (merges all)
future transitive, future intensive (merges all)

note: negative and intensive do not combine at all; an auxiliary can be turned intensive, though, and have a negative complement.


October 22nd, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

A conlang where compliments can only be expressed as negated insults. Make negation silent.

‘‘You are (not) stupid.’’

Also, the conlang’s speakers should often use sarcasm.


October 21st, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

A language that uses spoonerisms to mark some morphosyntactic relation.

Dairwueh: A Short Description of the Case System and its Use

October 21st, 2014 by Miekko
Dairwueh has a case system along these lines:
nominative | accusative | dative | genitive | locative-instrumental
The nominative serves a rather restricted set of uses - subjects, nominal and adjectival complements, arguments of prepositions that are semantically similar to complements of copulas, vocative uses, sometimes also topics that have semantic roles that are rather far from anything that could be the subject.

The accusative serves as direct objects, object of a few adjectives and prepositions, subjects of the verbs 'naxmal' (expect), 'rəntigi' (withstand), and 'drumal' ('repeat'), and complements of objects.

The genitive serves as possessors, definite transitive subjects, certain objects (of the verbs 'surdəl' 'to burden with, to be burdened with', 'gəš' 'to disapprove', 'əseaŋl', 'to marry'), pre-prepositional nouns and the objects of several prepositions.

For this purpose, a pre-prepositional noun is a noun that kind of forms its own hanging utterance in a sentence in combination with a prepositional phrase:
Kadŋi ori i sembern, tauhat ma derilŋa
sit-3sgI he at table.dat, beer.gen in glass.loc-instr
Often, pre-prepositionals are body parts, clothing articles or tools: coat on him, hat on head,  knife in hand, hand on oar, foot in air. One adposition only ever appears with both preprepositionals and a regular complement - vas - which basically works a bit like 'being', the complement always basically being a descriptor of the preprepositional. If the subject is a pronoun or otherwise markedly definite the preprepositional is assumed - especially if a concrete noun - to be the possession of the subject or otherwise under it control.

The dative serves as indirect object, object of several prepositions, subject of several verbs, object of several verbs, possessors of certain nouns (generally highly animate ones), direct object of verbs that have an intensifying dummy object.

An intensifying dummy object is a semantically bleached object whose only function is to intensify the verb. These often are grammaticalized expletives:
Šamgiti ari xaugna mešdar
rule she INTENSE.acc husband.dat - she rules her husband strongly, xaugna originally being the name of a really minor demon in Dairwueh myths.
The locative-instrumental serves to mark place and instrument, but also manner with abstract nouns. It appears with some prepositions and as object of a few verbs. In many dialects it also marks possessums, overruling most of the case rules given above - in most dialects that have this, there's still the exception that subjects still tend to be nominative or genitive when possessums.



October 21st, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

A conlang whose phonetic diphthongs are represented by vowel monographs, and whose monophthongs are represented by vowel digraphs.

Nu kan du ta en Game of Thrones-språkkurs

October 21st, 2014 by Yens Wahlgren
Dothrakiska ser ut att ta upp kampen med na’vi om att bli det mest talade utomvärldsliga språket efter klingonskan. I förra veckan blev dothrakiskan det andra språket som togs upp av ett kommersiellt språkkursföretag. Living Language gav då ut en lärobok i dothrakiska med medföljande CD. En språkkurs uppbyggd precis som de andra språkkurser (i riktiga språk) som Living Language erbjuder. Till det kom också en Dothraki Expanded Online Course, en nätbaserad kurs om fem lektioner (30 dollar för en ettårig prenumeration) samt en Dothraki Companion App för iPhone och iPad där du kan öva in ytterligare 300 ord på hästkrigarnas språk. Vilket…


October 20th, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

A conlang where the labial place of articulation refers to different region of the body than in standard convention. The linguolabial trill, a prominently featured phoneme, is pronounced by… well…


October 20th, 2014 by Bad conlanging ideas

A conlang that uses non-pulmonic consonants in the place of vowels.