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 ūüėõ Top of Show Greeting: Oltengo Links and Resources: Analysis of English… Read more »

Conlangery #55: Practicum — Getting Rid of Tense

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We give you a podcast today about how you can do without tense, and what other things in the language can be used to fill in the gaps. ¬†Also, we have special guest Jeffrey Jones on to talk about his conlang. Top of Show: Sheewan Links and Resources: Vietnamese tense/aspect marking Telicity (Wikipedia) Featured Conlang:¬†K’tl√™… Read more »

Conlangery #54: Reduplication

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Today is a big show where we tackle the topic of reduplication, something we think more conlangers should employ. ¬†Then we talk about a wonderfully crazy click langauge called Sandawe — and it’s natural! Top of Show Greeting: Chudihr Links and Resources Iyo Grammar (see p. 21) Spokan (reduplication talk begins on p. 111) Reduplication… Read more »

Conlangery #53: Topicalization

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After a short update on rain in Wisconsin and ankle injuries, we try to make sense of the topic of topicalization and topic prominent languages. ¬†Then we talk about Talmit, a language created by active Conlangery listener and commenter Roman Rausch Top of Show Greeting: Grewa Resources: Nice paper on topicalization Featured Conlang: Talmit¬†(LCC talk,… Read more »

Conlangery #52: Conlangery at the Movies

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For our 52nd episode we decided to take a break from our usual format and just have a good time talking about movies and TV shows — with a conlang twist. ¬†So, here we are listening to a bunch of conlang (and pseudo-conlang) dialogue from various properties and talking a little about what we like… Read more »

Conlangery #51: Language History

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We go a little out of our comfort zone and talk about language history — particularly as involves the diachronic method of creating a conlang. ¬†Then we move on to some talk about a language called Dimana Lokud. Top of Show Greeting: Oupe Links and Resources: Wikipedia on the Neogrammarians Book with some information on… Read more »

Conlangery #50: The Technology of Literacy

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In today’s bonus-size episode we have Carsten Becker on to join in a great discussion on the technologies of writing: ¬†implements, media, formats, and even literacy itself. ¬†Then we have an invigorating discussion with Larry Sulky about his “artlangy-engelang” Qakwan, among other things. Top of Show Greeting: Treyll Links and Resources: Palm Leaves as a… Read more »

Conlangery #49: The Noun Phrase

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This week, we have Jim Henry on the show to talk about his long-term labor of love, the “engelangy artlang”¬†gj√Ę-zym-byn. ¬†But first we talk in great detail about noun phrases and many of the things you can do with them. Top of Show Greeting: Qakwan Links and Resources: A paper on sentence word order and… Read more »

Conlangery #48: Designing a Sound System

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After a discussion of George’s recent consumption of bear meat, we get to talking about designing your sound system, a topic we meant to talk about in episode 29 but somehow didn’t end up saying much about. ¬†After a long discussion about that topic, we feature perhaps the second most famous auxlang in history, which… Read more »

Conlangery #47: Practicum — Isolating and Analytic Languages

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Today we talk about something we wish more conlangers would think about creating — isolating and analytic languages. ¬†It seems that virtually everyone wants some polysynthetic madness or at least a complex verb paradigm, but there are ways to make isolation and analytic syntax interesting, we promise! ¬†Also, Taila Top of Show Greeting: Hra’anh Links… Read more »