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What do double consonants specify in Esperanto?

The Esperanto word for 'Finland' is Finnlando. What does the doubled consonant specify? The Esperanto alphabet is phonemic. Why are there two consonants? Is it gemination (which doesn't appear often ...

writing-systems phonology esperanto  
asked by Duncan Whyte 10 votes
answered by jknappen - Reinstate Monica 8 votes

Are there any good programs out there to help when constructing languages?

Are there any tools out there to keep track of which works you have already defined, managing your lexicon easily, and storing conjugations and the like? Barring that, what are some good strategies ...

conlang-creation tools  
asked by Dragon 20 votes
answered by Gufferdk 23 votes

Are there constructed languages with a tense system inspired by Theory of Relativity?

For readers who aren't familiar with the Theory of Relativity, here is a sketch of how the Special Theory of Relativity structures space and time: There is a point "here and now" where the observer ...

list-of-languages inspiration unnatural-features tense-aspect-mood  
asked by jknappen - Reinstate Monica 11 votes
answered by Karlomanio 3 votes

How to describe a purely symbolic writing system?

Before I jump headlong into constructing a language, I'd like to do some research and see what others have done before me and learn from their experiences/mistakes. The keywords I'm currently using ...

conlang-creation writing-systems terminology  
asked by Tim 9 votes
answered by curiousdannii 6 votes

Klingon: does anyone actually use pIqaD, or is the Latin transliteration sufficient?

Having just started the Duolingo Klingon course, I'm wondering if anybody is using the Klingon writing system (pIqaD) at all, or whether the Latin transliteration is always used? As the characters ...

writing-systems klingon  
asked by Oliver Mason 15 votes
answered by Sparksbet 13 votes

How to say right and left in Toki Pona?

As we know, Toki Pona is a quite minimal language and it sometimes not easy to come up with a word we use everyday in English. The problem is that I cannot think of a non-culture-specific and easily ...

toki-pona phrase-request  
asked by Mateusz Piotrowski 10 votes
answered by kristan 8 votes

What is the difference between tense and aspect?

Many conlangs contain tense, some contain aspect as well or instead, and much of the recommended reading for conlangers assumes that you know what tense and aspect are and what the difference between ...

grammar terminology semantics tense-aspect-mood  
asked by Sparksbet 12 votes
answered by Sparksbet 16 votes
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