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Bianca’s out for this episode, so William and I take the opportunity to talk about something she hates so much she wouldn’t let us have a show about it: poetry!  Figure out how to choose good poetic devices for your conlang, and how history can affect the complexity of poetry.  Also we talk about the amazingly verbless Kēlen.

Top of Show Greeting: Delang

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Poetry Examples:

On the third day they reached the appointed field.
There the hunter and the ensnarer rested at their seat.
One day, two days, they lurked at the entrance to the well,
where the cattle were accustomed to slake their thirst,
where the creatures of the waters were sporting.
Then [came] Enkidu, whose home was the mountains,
who with gazelles ate herbs,
and with the cattle slaked his thirst,
and with the creatures of the waters rejoiced his heart.

Biblical antithesis:

A wise son maketh a glad father,

but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

— Proverbs 10:1

Conlang: Kēlen

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We talk about ideophones, a fun, fun class of words that describe a general feeling.  We also review a language that’s not quite an elflang, so William doesn’t quite hate it.

Top of Show Greeting: Dothraki

Links and Resources

Featured Conlang: Old Albic



I’ve just started listening to your podcast and since I’ve started to listen to your podcast I’ve significantly simplified (lolz paradox/oxymoron) the aspects of the language to just two aspects and all others are implied by lexicon. Read more »

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A question to all you listeners.  With the holidays coming up, we’ve been considering whether or not to go on a holiday break or something.  So I thought I’d put up a poll to ask people what they would prefer us to do over the holidays (provided we get to them 😛 ).  The fact is that I realize that some people might be too busy traveling or visiting family to listen regularly during that time, so I came up with a few ideas.

  • Keep doing regular episodes and just hope people catch up later.
  • Record some shorter episodes on little topics like how to handle weather verbs and such.
  • Take clips from previous shows to make one or two “best of” clip shows.
  • Use some extra material I have recorded (some cut from episode #13, and others recorded before/after the show) for an “outtake show”.
  • Produce no shows at all, so people don’t feel like they’re getting behind.
Oh, and on an unrelated note.  Keep sending me translations of our tagline “Welcome to Conlangery, the podcast about constructed languages and the people who create them.” and remember, recordings will take precedence over IPA transcriptions.

What should we do over the holidays?

  • More regular episodes! (49%, 35 Votes)
  • Mini-topic episodes! (30%, 21 Votes)
  • Outtake show! (13%, 9 Votes)
  • Clip show! (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Nothing! I'm too busy to listen during that time (4%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 55

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We puzzle through the very difficult and complex subject of thematic roles and role marking, and then review the awesomely complicated Okuna.

Top of Show Greeting: Standard Telèmor

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Featured Conlang: Okuna (formerly known as Tokana) Read more »

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We finish out our Holy Trinity of Verbs with Mood — a slippery, slippery subject if there ever was one.  Of course, after trying to make some sense out of that, we move on to review South Eresian

Top of Show Greeting: tzoi


Conlang: South Eresian (blog)
Email from James Campbell:
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The second in our TAM series, we spend a good deal of time on the basic perfective/imperfective distinction as well as talk a little about how you can go totally crazy with many, many more aspects.  Then we review the incredible Siwa.

Top of show greeting: Salthan

Featured Conlang: Siwa (CBB Thread)


(First of all, here’s a link to the Inyauk Grammar for you.)

Owen (email) Read more »

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The first of our episodes of the holy verbal trinity of TAM.  We initially planned to do Tense and Aspect as one episode, but the more we talked about tense the more complicated it became, so the aspect discussion is pushed to next week.  We also have a wonderful time talking about the insanity that is Klingon.

Opening Phrase: Sandic

Featured Conlang: Klingon (KLI, The Klingon Dictionary)

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We throw out some tips for how to kick certain creative habits you might have developed as you create languages.  Then we review the Akana language Tmaśareʔ.

Top of Show greeting: Myonian

Links and Resources

Featured Conlang: Tmaśareʔ


Okuno Zankoku (email)
Since you always want to know, I’ve just started a sketch of an analytic language, and have been trying to think of how I might create an aspect that’s realized lexically rather than morphosyntactically. You’re podcast on politeness and formality was pretty much exactly what I needed, now I just have to figure out the exact levels and derivations.Keep these coming, they’re very enlightening, even to someone already relatively experienced in the subjects you discuss.

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We give you some info on verb framing — that is the typology of how languages describe motion, as well as some discussion of postural verbs, aka positionals, and all the wondrous variety you can create with them.  Also, we review [k]enyani.

Greeting: Gomain by Zach Hart

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Featured Conlang: Cenyani
Pyrmysl (Comment on #11)

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Alternate Titles: AND … tits, Bugger is for Sodomy, Dog Japan’d, When “Damn it” Just Won’t Cut it, What Did My 16th Great-Grandfather Do to You?
Today we talk all about taboo words.  Make sure you have your headphones in or are by yourself when you listen, because we are going through the gamut of profane and vile words in various languages for ideas, and we simply can’t dance around the nasty ones.  Also, we review Lé by Mark Rosenfelder.  Plus, stick around after the end music for a hilariously NSFW mashup.
Links and Resources:
  • Steven Pinker on Profanity 1 2
Featured Conlang:
Kenneth Nyman (Comment on #09)