Conlangery #64: Head-marking vs Dependent-marking

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Today we tackle a very interesting typology topic: head-marking and dependant-marking.  Turns out that whether your language leans one way or another affects (or depends on) a wide variety of grammatical features.  Be sure to check the links below for additional info. Top of Show Greeting: Toki Pona (translated by Vadim Fomin) Links and Resources: Great… Read more »

Episode 64 is likely to be late

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Thought I would put out there, Conlangery episode #64 will probably publish later than usual.  In my haste to move I apparently had not synced my computer to my backup service before moving.  Hence, after several days of syncing my laptop up to said service, I discovered that Conlangery64_rough.aup was no where to be found…. Read more »

Conlangery #63: Kuot (natlang)

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Today, we cover one of the weird and wonderful languages of Papua New Guinea.  It turns out to be surprisingly not so weird, but there’s still quite a few things in it to inspire conlangers.  Do check out the crazy verbs though — that bit is quite nuts. Top of Show Greeting: Pøplish Featured NATLANG: Kuot… Read more »

Conlangery #62: Practicum — Anaphora and Co-reference

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Today we tackle a big grammar and discourse topic: anaphora and co-referentiality.  We go through a list of options you have for cleaning up ambiguities and keeping your discourse coherent.  Just don’t throw them all into the same conlang. Top of Show Greeting: Minhast Links and Resources: Indexicality, Logophorality, and Plural Pronouns Logophor in Ogonoid… Read more »

Conlangery #61: amman îar

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This week we cover the monumental and yet incomplete amman îar, a heavily Tolkien-inspired language that nevertheless manages to have its own flavor. Top of Show Greeting: Uskra Featured Conlang: amman îar Feedback: Email from FE: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSSThis week we cover the monumental and yet… Read more »

Conlangery #60: Syllable and Word Shapes

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So, for various reasons we have now changed the format of the show.  Now we will be doing only one topic per show, alternating weeks between discussion topics and featured conlangs.  We hope that this addresses the issues some people have had with show length while still allowing us to have thick, meaty discussions.  As… Read more »

Conlangery #59: Loan Words

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Today we take some time to talk to you about a conworldy topic: loan words in your conlang.  What words are likely to be borrowed?  What kinds of situations cause borrowing?  And how does grammar work for loan words?  Also, we talk about Kebreni, our second feature of an Almean language. Top of Show Greeting:… Read more »

Conlangery #58: Practicum — Things you can do with the Middle Voice

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This week, we talk all about the middle voice and the many things that that covers, as well as give you all sorts of options to make your own creative use of this feature.  We also have a featured natlang today that has very interesting features as well as some hilarious crackpot historical theories around… Read more »

Conlangery #57: Animacy and Agency

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After a short update on George’s grad school situation and some musing over our tagline, we get to talking about the very complex interactions that animacy and agency can have with the rest of your grammar.  Then we talk about Interlingua, a very boring auxlang that appears to be comfortably readable by anyone who speaks… Read more »

Conlangery #56: Growing a Lexicon

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David Peterson joins us for a wonderful Supersize episode where we talk all about growing your lexicon, from generating roots to creating realistic polysemy and semantic fields.  Also, we finally feature an obscure little language we’ve wanted to talk about for a while 😛 Top of Show Greeting: Oltengo Links and Resources: Analysis of English… Read more »