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How to prevent all of my words being eroded away to nothing

As a general rule, regular sound changes wear away at words, reducing their information content. Countering this, morphosyntactic changes restore the lost information. For example, let's look at Latin....
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How much of the irregularity caused by sound change (e.g. vowel loss) will be retained in inflectional paradigms?

The way I put it in historical linguistics classes is: Sound laws are entirely regular, and create irregularity Analogy is entirely irregular, and creates regularity In other words, neogrammarian-...
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How to prevent all of my words being eroded away to nothing

Sound shifts are to some amount irreversible. Long before your words are completely gone, the rate of homophones rises and the speakers of the language have to deal with it in some way or another. The ...
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What are the most common sound changes in natlangs?

Here are a couple sound changes I use when I'm not sure what to do: Voiceless consonants becoming voiced between two vowels (intervocalic voicing) [u] and [o] becoming [y] and [ø] in the environment ...
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An all consonant language? (Part Two)

Well, over time, you're almost certainly going to gain vowels. Vowels are very easy to pronounce (think about the first sounds babies make as they're learning to use their mouths), and very easy to ...
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An all consonant language? (Part Two)

I personally don't think it is possible to have a language without vowels unless you are talking about a sign language or some code like language that doesn't use syllables (as in clicks or taps or ...
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How much of the irregularity caused by sound change (e.g. vowel loss) will be retained in inflectional paradigms?

Define "huge amount". Let's say this is for verb conjugation (maybe it's avtually for nouns; you didn't specify). If there's some commonality - e.g. vowel syncope as you mention - among ...
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