Archive for October, 2018

#524Roses are red,my house has a doormat,A conlang where everythingmust be put in this format.

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

#524

Roses are red,

my house has a doormat,

A conlang where everything

must be put in this format.

Conlang Sketch Needed for a Fantasy Novel

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Description

Kaitlin Berry is looking for a conlanger to help create a language for a novel. It should be a language from the 8th to 9th century, spoken by Atlanteans and based on or influenced by several pre-existing Germanic, Celtic and Romance languages.

Employer

Kaitlin Berry

Application Period

Open until job filled

Term

No strict deadline, but the novel should be done within a year to a year and a half.

Compensation

Payment will be $150, based on a conlang sketch, or higher if more content is needed.
In addition, the conlanger will be credited for their work.

To Apply

Email Kaitlin Berry at kab3rry “at” gmail “dot” com to express your interest in the project. Please include qualifications and samples of previous work.

Note: Please assume that comments left on this post will not be read by the employer.

Inraj Sargaĺk: Spatial Deixis

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
Inraj Sargaĺk differs from most surrounding languages by its system of spatial deixis; it has two flavours, "very close to both speaker and listener", and "everything else". The "middle deixis" of Sargaĺk, ʒur, has come to signify an inanimate distal deictical determiner.

ʒa - this here, in both of our reaches
ʒu - this here in my xor your reach, or that over there, inanimate
ʒi - this here in my xor your reach, or that over there, animate
As an aside, we find a more complex somewhat similar system in the Lamen language, a mainland isolate in geographical vicinity to the Inraj archipelago (in terms of easily navigable routes).
The Lamen system consists of
ksa - this, in both of our reach
gzət - this, in both of our reach, inanimate

tra - this/that, in the reach of one of us
zrət - this/that, in the reach of one of us, inanimate

eksa - he/she/it, over there, animate
gəksət - it, over there, inanimate
Whether the underlying similarities are due to genetic relation or sprachbund phenomena is not clear. (Obviously, Inraj Sargaĺk is not related to Lamen, but its substrate might be?) 

Inraj Sargaĺk: Spatial Deixis

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
Inraj Sargaĺk differs from most surrounding languages by its system of spatial deixis; it has two flavours, "very close to both speaker and listener", and "everything else". The "middle deixis" of Sargaĺk, ʒur, has come to signify an inanimate distal deictical determiner.

ʒa - this here, in both of our reaches
ʒu - this here in my xor your reach, or that over there, inanimate
ʒi - this here in my xor your reach, or that over there, animate
As an aside, we find a more complex somewhat similar system in the Lamen language, a mainland isolate in geographical vicinity to the Inraj archipelago (in terms of easily navigable routes).
The Lamen system consists of
ksa - this, in both of our reach
gzət - this, in both of our reach, inanimate

tra - this/that, in the reach of one of us
zrət - this/that, in the reach of one of us, inanimate

eksa - he/she/it, over there, animate
gəksət - it, over there, inanimate
Whether the underlying similarities are due to genetic relation or sprachbund phenomena is not clear. (Obviously, Inraj Sargaĺk is not related to Lamen, but its substrate might be?) 

seven is zasein (revisited)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
zasein = seven (number) (adjective) (Some things Google found for "zasein": a rare term; Zasein SL is a company in the Madrid, Spain metro area; name of a rebel in northern Myanmar; user names; bad OCR of several German texts)

Word derivation for "seven"
Basque = zazpi, Finnish = seitsemän
Miresua = zasein

My previous Miresua conlang word for seven was sezpin. I decided to modify this word to start with Z. The previous word also seemed more similar to the English word seven than I liked.

Seven occurs a handful of times in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This is from chapter 8: The Queen's Croquet-Ground.
"YOU'D better not talk!" said Five. "I heard the Queen say only yesterday you deserved to be beheaded!"

"What for?" said the one who had spoken first.

"That's none of YOUR business, Two!" said Seven.

seven is zasein (revisited)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
zasein = seven (number) (adjective) (Some things Google found for "zasein": a rare term; Zasein SL is a company in the Madrid, Spain metro area; name of a rebel in northern Myanmar; user names; bad OCR of several German texts)

Word derivation for "seven"
Basque = zazpi, Finnish = seitsemän
Miresua = zasein

My previous Miresua conlang word for seven was sezpin. I decided to modify this word to start with Z. The previous word also seemed more similar to the English word seven than I liked.

Seven occurs a handful of times in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This is from chapter 8: The Queen's Croquet-Ground.
"YOU'D better not talk!" said Five. "I heard the Queen say only yesterday you deserved to be beheaded!"

"What for?" said the one who had spoken first.

"That's none of YOUR business, Two!" said Seven.

Alternations: An Introduction (and Some Further Explorations) for Conlangers

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Doug Ball began conlanging in 1994, primarily working on a language he calls Skerre. His conlanging interest led him to discover the field of linguistics and ultimately to a career as an academic linguist. Holding degrees from the University of Rochester (BA) and Stanford University (PhD), he is currently a member of the Department of English and Linguistics faculty at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. There, he teaches classes on general linguistics, theoretical phonology, theoretical morphology, and theoretical syntax as well as Native American and Polynesian languages.

Abstract

This essay explores the nature of alternations: variations in form across different contexts. In addition to providing a basic introduction of the phenomena in both English and in other languages, it considers several frameworks for understanding the behavior of alternations in natural languages. This essay also offers some recommendations for the creation of alternations in constructed languages and gives some examples to illustrate these recommendations. It is a revised and expanded version of a talk given at the 7th Language Creation Conference (July, 2017) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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