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What made Tolkien's diachronics purposefully not naturalistic?

That the Elves (specially the Noldor) made purposeful changes to their language is mainly an in-world statement in Tolkien's work. I don't see much unnaturalness in the sound shifts of the different ...
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How to develop partial reduplication diachronically?

The last step (inserting an epenthetic vowel) is exactly what Mycenaean Greek did in writing, in the Linear B script. The script, being syllabic by nature, did not have a convenient way of ...
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What made Tolkien's diachronics purposefully not naturalistic?

Tolkien discussed "why did Elvish language change" in Dangweth Pengolo├░ ("the Answer of Pengolodh" to said question). Both Men and Elves willfully change their speech during their ...
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Evolving tense from a tenseless proto-language

Okay, so, 3 aspects... but 5 conjugations that somehow need to get squeezed out of it. Which conjugation does each stem turn into? I think part of your issue is that your process isn't really how ...
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Extending venitives/andatives

It is not uncommon for natlangs to use directional morphemes on verbs quite systematically, with very thin relations with their full meaning. For instance, rGyalrong languages have sets of ...
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Conlangs based on lesser known antique languages

I've got an ongoing project of creating languages for a world where the Carthaginians won the Second Punic War, where Punic occupies a roughly analogous position to that that Latin has in our world. ...
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Evolving tense from a tenseless proto-language

The evolution from Pre-Proto-Indo-European (the language reconstructed by internal reconstruction from Proto-Indo-European, the language reconstructed by the comparative method from the Indo-European ...
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Can core argument markers swap roles? If so, how?

Straight up swapping the meaning of two case markers (let's call them like that for simplicity's sake) seems a pretty strange occurrence. There are however, theoretical ways this could happen: You ...
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How could the future "Kesh" language from the book "Always Coming Home" by Ursula K. Le Guin develop from modern languages?

It's also worth noting that we currently have no attested examples of a language evolving over 5,000 years. We have attestations of languages from 5,000 years ago (that's right about when writing was ...
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