This week, George discusses Phonix, a sound change applier that will help you with your historical conlanging.
This episode, we discuss Coptic, the last descendant of thousands of years of Ancient Egyptian, now spoken mainly as a liturgical language in Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.
Top of Show Greeting: Nalathis
Special Mention: Go watch Conlanging: The Art of Crafting Tongues!
Links and Resources:
- Plumley, Martin (1948) An Introductory Coptic Grammar. London: Home and van Thal.
- Tattam, Henry (1863) A Compendious Grammar of the Egyptian Language. London: Williams and Norgate.
- Layton, Bentley (2000). A Coptic grammar: With chrestomathy and glossary: Sahidic dialect (Vol. 20). Otto Harrassowitz.
- Loprieno, Antonio (1995) Ancient Egyptian: a linguistic introduction. Cambridge University Press.
- Lambdin, Thomas Oden (1983) Introduction to Sahidic Coptic. Mercer University Press.
- Youssef, Ahmad Abdel-Hamid (2003) From Pharaoh’s Lips: Ancient Egyptian Language in the Arabic of Today. American University of Cairo Press.
Just wanted to let everyone know that I am putting Conlangery under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non-commercial – Share-Alike. This means that you are free to copy, distribute, remix, and create derivative works from the show, so long as you give attribution, your work is not commercial in nature, and you also use a the same license on your own product. For attribution, I will consider it sufficent if you simply credit the show, Conlangery Podcast, though it’s a good idea to also mention the hosts of any particular episodes. A link would be nice, too.
This is really more of a clarification than anything. Although I did originally claim copyright over the show in iTunes (it may still say (c) George Corley 2011 until that updates), I never really intended to exert total copyright control. Recent conversations reminded me that I needed to change that. This should also serve as a notice to some fans who I noticed were providing transcriptions of the show — that’s totally cool, just attribute and put the transcript under a CC license. I am trying to get my own transcripts out there, but so far haven’t been able to get the time to get things rolling.
Anyway, just wanted to update on that. Go ahead and do what you want with the show. And let me know if you do something cool.
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Kaye Boesme joins George to talk about her far-future audiodrama Epiphany.
Top of Show Greeting: Narahji
(Note, I am working on a transcript for this episode. It has been delayed by irregular baby napping.)
Jake Malloy and David Peterson join George to talk about sign language as well as a few other ways humans communicate non-vocally.
Top of Show Greeting: Bakom
Links and Resources:
- ASL Lessons
- ASL classifiers
- Non-manual markers in ASL
- ASL Internet slang
- Plains Indian Sign Language
- Tactile Signing
- Black ASL
- Signed Exact English (signed English relex)
- SignWriting (proposed script for ASL)
- The Non-Verbal Dictionary
- The Gripping Language
- Napoli, Donna Jo and Jeff Wu. (2003) Morpheme structure constraints on two-handed signs in American Sign Language: Notions of symmetry. Sign Language & Linguistics. 6(2), 123-205.
- Sandler, W., Aronoff, M., Meir, I., & Padden, C. (2011) The gradual emergence of phonological form in a new language. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, 29(2), 503–543. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11049-011-9128-2
George talks about how to listen to the language all around you like a conlanger, especially when you encounter weird specialized terms or senses of words.
George talks a bit about his personal progress with Middle Pahran.
David Salo comes on to talk about his historical research into George Dalgarno’s Lingua Philosophica, a 17th century philosophical language. We discuss the features of Dalgarno’s work, a little of how it compares to other work of the time and also its influence on the history of conlanging.
Top of Show Greeting: Lingua Philosophica (translated and read by David Salo)
Links and Resources