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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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  • Profile of John Quijada in The New Yorker

 

Featured NATLANG: Cherokee

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Special mention: DJP had another podcast interview (Yeah, I know, we’re late on everything)

Thanks to a wonderful email suggestion, we talk about how conlangers should read linguistics research papers, including what to look at (and what you don’t need to) and how to find papers to look at.

Top of Show Greeting: Kobardon

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William is back!  He talks with us all about definiteness.

Top of Show Greeting: Vreksi

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