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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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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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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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To make a conlang indeciphrable

Languages are governed by certain laws/principles, that reflect the relationships between elements. For example, element frequency: you generally have a few elements which are very common, and a long ...
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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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An all-consonant language? (Part One)

There is no problem in an all-consonant language as natural languages like Nuxalk aka Bella Coola demonstrate. The example language actually has vowels, but it is famous for its long vowelfree ...
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An all-consonant language? (Part One)

The IPA draws a sharp distinction between "vowels" and "consonants", but really, there's nothing you can measure in a spectrogram to decide if something is a vowel or not. [w] and [...
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