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Part 2 continuation of "How does this phoneme inventory look?"

Notes: If you haven't seen "How does this phoneme inventory look?," go here My conlang has migrated to the Cryllic script The rule "one letter, one sound" has been introduced, ...
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What made Tolkien's diachronics purposefully not naturalistic?

Somewhere else I heard that Tolkien's languages had some purposeful non naturalistic diachronics with stuff like elvish languages having the elves make some purposeful changes to them partially due to ...
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Syllabic plosives

Fricatives and Sonorants can be in a nucleus of a syllable. Can plosives also act as a syllable? If so, do any of your conlangs have this feature?
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I am constructing my own language and I need one more consonant

Other than BCChDDz FGHJK LLyMNNy PRSShT VYZZh. C is Ts, Ch is as in China, Dz is Italian soft J/G, J is Dy/Dj/DZh. W is too similar to V and U. Dh is too similar to D and Th to T, and I find it funny ...
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Translate into quenya

I want to translate those sentences in quenya : One ring to show our love, One ring to seal our love, One ring to spread our light, And forever to make us bright This gives with latin letters the ...
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How does this phoneme inventory look?

How does this phoneme inventory look and any roles for them? Like, how should these be used, what they look like, and how hard it may be for people to comprehend: a - [a] ā - [aː] å - [ø] ä - [ɛ/ɑ] â -...
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Is there a good reason not to reverse the letters 𐑓 and 𐑝 in Shavian?

In the Shavian alphabet, the letter 𐑓 makes an f sound and 𐑝 makes a "v" sound. It seems reasonable that these two letters should be reversed, since 𐑝 looks like an f. To stay consistent ...
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A conlang with a 'compressed' writing system?

I'm making this since now I think an 'abjad' isn't what I actually had in mind. I was thinking of a system where the vowels don't have to be written, because they're always obvious. Essentially, my ...
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Tips for making a conlang that uses an abjad?

I've been looking at Classical Hebrew a lot for inspiration on some features it has. Turns out, it wasn't what I expected (such as that its not actually a VSO language, it just looks like that due to ...
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How did people learn how to make conlangs?

All I can find are guides on how to make auxlangs and artlangs. I don't want to make either, I want a personal language. I don't care if my language could pass for a real one. I don't care about ...
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Can a language exist without transitive verbs?

I'm developing my first conlang (no name yet) for a story and came up with an interesting idea: all verbs are intransitive, and objects are added with prepositions. So, a sentence like "I eat ...
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How to prevent your conlang from explosively growing

I have made many conlangs in my life but they all wind up facing the same issues, and I am not sure how to prevent it. I wind up with countless different forms of each word as modifiers stack up onto ...
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Question on if I am doing Split-Ergativity right

I am making a split ergative language, and I am struggling a lot on it. So, I am doing a Dyirbal-type pronominal split, where 1st and 2nd person are nominative-accusative and everything else is ...
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How to learn to make a conlang?

No, I'm not asking for resources. I've consulted every resource I can find, but even after more than a decade of research, I still have no conlang to show for it. I started with the Language ...
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What are L, S, and F phonemes?

On the Procgenesis language generator, you find these five Phoneme types: C,V,L,S,& F. I believe that C and V are Consonants and Vowels respectively, but nothing I look at can explain the rest. ...
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Vowel Breaking Sound Change

I find breaking to be an interesting sound change which I haven't used much before, and I'm trying to figure out when it would most commonly occur. My understanding is that it would be prone to happen ...
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Pros/cons for grasping/groking/using novel concepts, new made up words (sound sequences) or multi-word terms composed from simple words?

I am back to thinking about how one could best represent the plethora of concepts from the human perspective. Whether we should invent new words (which are basically arbitrary sound sequences, using ...
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Lower than / Covered by

I am wondering if there is a distinction in any natural language between a preposition or postposition with the meaning "lower than" and a different preposition or postposition with the ...
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Is There an Optimal Order for Addressing Phonetics, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics?

I am about to create a constructed language. Is it acceptable if I follow the levels of language in the given order: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics? Or do I need to do ...
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How to develop partial reduplication diachronically?

I want a daughter language of some proto-conlang to develop partial root reduplication for consonant initial roots as a productive and mostly regular morphological feature (the precise value it marks ...
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Subordinate Clauses In OSV

So, I'm working on my very first conlang, which happens to be OSV (object-subject-verb word order). But I seem to have run into something of a roadblock. How could I handle clauses such as, for ...
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What sounds work best for an underwater language spoken by crab people?

Currently I am working on a species of crab people who live semi-aquatic life styles, and I would like their languages to do two things: Be easy to understand underwater Be based somewhat on their ...
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To make a conlang indeciphrable

How to make a language/code indecipherable or very hard to decipher/learn? What are the key points? How does linguists decipher languages?
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What are the characteristics of "Non-Linear Language"?

What characteristics would describe a "Non-Linear Language"? For instance would it use Logographs (Chinese, Egyptian, etc.)? Or could it use IPA sound symbols? What would make the language ...
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Is there any conlang where syllables are inverse to word frequency?

Is there any conlang where the more common words are shorter, and the more syllables a word has, the rarer (in terms of occurrence) it is?
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What would a language created by anthropomorphic and humanoid dogs look like?

I imagined a language created by anthropomorphic and humanoid dogs. The following phonemes are: The simple vowels are: /a/ as in French adolescent (which naturally means adolescent), /ɶ/ as in ...
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An all consonant language? (Part Two)

I'd like to create a language with only consonants, using the letters b, ch, d, f, g(hard), j, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, sh, t, th (voiced and unvoiced), v, z, and (most importantly) h. I feel like the h ...
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An all-consonant language? (Part One)

I'd like to make a language that only has consonants. Since I kind of feel like the letter "h" is a consonant, I'd prefer to omit it. The language would include b, ch, d, f, g(hard), j, k, l,...
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Can you help me write some phonological rules for my conlang?

To be more precise, I'm referring to the writing process that goes, for example, from "/m/ becomes [ɱ] before /f/ or /v/ or before a word boundary followed by /f/ or /v/ " to "/m/ > [...
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How can I model/simulate/test non-human vocal arrangements?

In various world-building projects, I find myself running into the aggravating situation of having to create languages for non-humans using the human phonetic inventory. I would love nothing more than ...
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Can core argument markers swap roles? If so, how?

I have been trying for some time to figure out how to smoosh a bunch of my originally-unrelated languages into a larger family. They have a fair amount of noun and verb morphology that was ...
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Can IPA consonant diacritics apply to all consonants, or do some diacritics apply to certain consonants?

I am coding a successor to my "Der Spracherfinder 1.5" which can handle diacritics (among many other improvements). I want the option to apply diacritics but only to consonants that would ...
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Is there any conlang that implements Reichenbach's tenses?

In Reichenbach's theory of tense three time points, namely the Speech time, the Event time, and the Reference time, an abstract time point from which the event is viewed, are used to classify the ...
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Polysemies in Proto-Languages: Ways of Formation & Construction?

I'm curious about (and also stuck at) the natural formation and ways of construction of polysemies in naturalistic conlangs / natural languages. More specifically: I'm constructing the vocabularies of ...
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Non-decomposable TAM strategies

The agglutinative language I'm most familiar with is Hungarian, and the way Hungarian handles TAM is, I think, incredibly boring: separate T-A-M markers with no allomorphs that just get concatenated ...
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Does the grammatical and polysynthetic structure of my language preclude poetry?

My conlang, called Pandemonic for now, is a language with OSV word order, that uses synthetic prefixes and postfixes to both nouns and verbs. Only adjectives and adverbs, which always follow the word ...
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How many tense subcategories are there across languages, or conceptually?

I have this: That is 3 tenses, but a total of 4 5 4 = 13 "subcategories". This boils down to more abstract concepts such as continuity and completeness. This is a nice table: Could there ...
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How does the Lojban "logic" of limiting gismu to very specific argument structures not run into problems?

Looking at the definitions for the many gismu, we find things like bakri: chalk; x1 is a quantity of/contains/is made of chalk from source x2 in form x3 Why limit it to just x1-x3, why not x1-x30? ...
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How to say complex sentences in Lojban (understanding the basics of gismu)?

I finally delved into Lojban, and it is great so far! I don't fully understand yet, but getting closer. There is this list of gismu totalling 1342 items. Each one is linked to a page such as cmima, ...
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How should a consonant (IPA) chart look for lip-less, teeth-less, non-humans?

I've made this account just now to ask a question about our world-building project. Axobit - the most dominant species on my planet - are axolotl-like bipedal organisms. They have blowholes on their ...
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What exactly is meant by gerund words in English, and how to translate them into this conlang?

I have a conlang with a very simple grammar. All words are "base words" and start and end with a consonant, and there are 5 vowel suffixes to convert those base words to the 5 forms of words ...
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Are there any free resources for learning conlang creation?

Where are some free resources available online for learning how to create conlangs? I'm very new to this, however I can speak one conlang (toki pona). I checked a few other questions this was marked ...
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How do you figure out sentence structures in a conlang (or even when natlangs emerge)?

For example, the different types of language: Pidgin Creole Standard natural language Conlang It seems we could create a stepping-stone map going from pidgin -> "stereotypical natlang" ...
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Mathematical Quenya Symbol?

I found many sites where Quenya numerical system was explain, but nothing about mathematical opperation like : + - / * (I don't speak about advanced notion like x² or square), but there is nothing ...
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Executive phoneme list for human?

I want to make my own language, but for begin this works, we need to know all phonemes existing, for decide which keep and which give up. Do you know a site with list of phonem with playable sound (it'...
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Layered languages

I was wondering if there exist layered languages, either natlang or conlang. What I mean is that the basis of the language is quite simple (simply mashing vocabulary together creates correct sentences)...
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For analytic / isolating languages, how complex are the grammar rules for ordering the words in a sentence?

For a language like Chinese, or other conlangs which are mostly analytic/isolating, how complex does the grammar get in terms of ordering words in a sentence. After looking at Mandarin Chinese (not ...
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Spectrum of personal names and how they may overlap with real words across languages?

In English, we have names like Matt, Mark, Luke, John, etc.. These are actual words too in English (ignoring spelling, just the sound): mat: floor mat mark: a mark on the wall luke: luke warm john: ...
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How to create a Romance-based conlang?

How unoriginal! Yet another guy creating a Romance-based conlang (especially since it's already been covered several times here). Jokes aside, as the title suggests, I'm looking to create a Romance-...
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Languages without adpositions?

What does it look like with a language without adpositions of any kind? I saw there are about 30 languages without adpositions listed here, but couldn't find resources on the ones I checked. I even ...
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