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George talks about how we borrow words for cultural concepts, even when the concept isn’t all that alien to our culture.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenia_(Greek)

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George and Mike have a wonderful conversation with Nizar Habash, creator of Delason.

Featured Conlang: Delason

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Hi!
I discovered this podcast almost a month ago and I’m on episode 46. I’m actually not a conlanger, but I love linguistics and I love the discussions you guys have about different aspects of language. Thank you for producing such a fascinating show.
-Shaw
Birmingham, AL

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Today we tell you some techniques for using translations to flesh out your conlang.

Top of Show Greeting: Pahran (George’s work-in-progress conlang)

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William Annis gives us a wonderful review of how classification occurs in natural languages, and the many ways you can incorporate it in your langs.

(Small note, we will no longer be putting translated greetings on the short episodes.)

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Today we talk to Denis Moskowitz about his wonderful experiment Rikchik and the strange aliens who speak it.

Top of Show Greeting:  Forkëzoq

Feature Conlang: Rikchik

An image of a Rikchik signing.

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It took us two tries, but we managed to record an episode focusing entirely on tone systems.  Learn about how tonal languages work, how they develop historically, and a few little bits you can play with.

Top of Show Greeting: Frenkisch

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Hi George & co
After several months, I have finally caught up with all the Conlangery podcasts. I’m very impressed that you’ve kept them going so long and kept the standard up.
Can I suggest another area you might like to look at – language contact, particularly creoles and pidgins. A lot of conlangers model change within a family but there’s not many conlangs with more than one ancestor. Creoles and pidgins with their restricted vocabulary, morphology and word order might be good for beginners or for someone looking for a quick, fun project. Yet they can form larger projects to, e.g. if different registers are taken into account. You could base one on real world languages or on conlangs.
There’s some theoretical debate to be had there, too – Bickerton and other universalists versus those who favour socio-cultural explanations.

<Removed some links from the email for brevity, though those may surface in a future episode on creoles and pidgins>

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Today, George and William have an interesting discussion on the phenomenon of “zonal” auxiliary languages,  which seek to unite a region rather than the whole world.

Top of Show Greeting: Ponuhi

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– Germanic auxlangs

– Slavic auxlangs

Dnghu

Afrihili

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I ended up cutting out about 10 minutes worth of excellent material in episode 13 that I’ve been sitting on forever just waiting for a chance to share it, so here you have it.

Top of show Greeting: nQaixhaþ Maħàr

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William tells us how lexemes need not be one continuous word or morpheme, using his characteristically exotic examples (and some not so exotic.

Top of Show Greeting: fangait

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In our last full episode of 2012, we talk all about Cherokee.

Top of Show Greeting: Emberyad

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Featured NATLANG: Cherokee

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