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How to decide if you should create complex words, or multiple words?

I am thinking of examples like these (in English and Vietnamese from Google Translate): creationism: thuyết sáng tạo create: tạo creatable creatively When do you make it one word, and when do you ...

morphology  
user avatar asked by Lance Score of 4
user avatar answered by Oliver Mason Score of 2

New examples for Black Speech in Rings of Power

In the latest episodes of The Rings of Power, several orcs say something in Black Speech, which is not translated in the subtitles. I had a brief look on the web, but cannot find anything about the ...

tolkien-black-speech  
user avatar asked by Oliver Mason Score of 3

How to tell if having trailing noun/verb/adjective modifiers will work?

I have basically landed on the desire to create a conlang with the following features (for now): Only one syllable base words, which have the form cvc ccvc or cvcc (consonant and vowel). There are ...

grammar syntax  
user avatar asked by Lance Score of 2
user avatar answered by Draconis Score of 1

For a strict SVO language, how do you handle complex sentences?

All of the SVO example sentences I see are very basic, such as this from Mini: [subject] i [verb] a [object] Tu i manja. You eat. Man i bibe a vasa. Someone drinks water. Bobi i ...

grammar syntax  
user avatar asked by Lance Score of 2
user avatar answered by Draconis Score of 2

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the word “li” in Toki pona, grammatically?

In Toki pona, words are never inflected, and many words can act as a noun, verb or adjective in different contexts. The word "li" usually separates the subject from a predicate, and “e” goes before ...

grammar toki-pona  
user avatar asked by peterorme Score of 11
user avatar answered by Sparksbet Score of 6

Are there speech communities for Tolkien's Elvish languages?

Has anyone tried to put one of Tolkien's Elvish languages Sindarin or Quenya into everyday conversational use? I can imagine fan groups doing this, but I can also imagine big problems with the ...

tolkien-elvish speech-communities  
user avatar asked by jk - Reinstate Monica Score of 8
user avatar answered by Sparksbet Score of 12

Words for Mercy in Toki Pona?

I would like to translate Bismillah Ir-Rahmani Ir-Rahim into Toki Pona. The parts I'm struggling with are the Rahma part, and the Raheem part, as they encompass similar but subtly different meanings ...

vocabulary toki-pona  
user avatar asked by AncientSwordRage Score of 3
user avatar answered by KNTRO Score of 5

From known languages, what are the expected features of a Generation Ship Language?

Pandorum is a generation ship movie. Generation ships are a fairly big sub-genre of sci-fi where people live for many generations in a ship while travelling to a distant star. The movie Pandorum did ...

conlang-creation diachronics naturalism  
user avatar asked by MatthewMartin Score of 40
user avatar answered by Sparksbet Score of 23

How do tones disappear from a language?

There have been many good writeups on Tonogenesis, i.e. how language acquire tones. But never have I seen such a writeup on the opposite phenomenon, which one might call Tonoexodus. Obviously, one way ...

phonology diachronics  
user avatar asked by Sascha Baer Score of 14
user avatar answered by Gufferdk Score of 9

Where do you start when you try to translate from an unknown artificial language?

The question is sparked in part by an article about Phyrexian language on Polygon. Imagine you have a text written in a language that nobody knows. You might have some loose idea what the text is ...

translation  
user avatar asked by Maksim Score of 7
user avatar answered by Richard Score of 6

How to translate to Black Speech this sentence "Eye of the Sauron is always watching"?

How to translate to Black Speech phrase "Eye of the Sauron is always watching"? or more simply: "Sauron is always watching", or even more simply "Sauron is watching". and ...

translation tolkien-black-speech  
user avatar asked by JustOneMan Score of 5
user avatar answered by Oliver Mason Score of 9
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