Conlangery SHORTS #07: When do you insert your infix?

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George uses an example from Tagalog to highlight one of the decisions conlangers might need to make if they use infixing. http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/ConlangeryShort07.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS

Conlangery #88: Ancient Greek (natlang)

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This week, we are going to focus on a language you’ve probably heard us talk about quite a bit in passing: Ancient Greek.  Learn how it is the oddball of European languages. Top of Show Greeting: Pali (natlang) Special Mention: Linguistics MOOC Links and Resources: Tables and tables of morphological forms Some downloadable books Grammar… Read more »

Conlangery #87: Quantifiers and Determiners

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This week, we do a little talking about determiners, a topic that has come up before in many episodes but that we hadn’t really treated on its own.  Also, we get to reading some iTunes reviews we’ve been forgetting about. Top of Show Greeting: Brazilian Portuguese (Vítor) Links and Resources: WALS: Conjunctions and Universal Quantifiers… Read more »

Conlangery #85: Multilingual Conworlds

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This week, we have a relatively short discussion on the creation and fictional portrayal of multilingual conworlds.  It’s a linguistics-light topic, but we thought it might be useful. Links: Dragoman Feedback: Email: Azul*, guys: http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/Conlangery85.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS

Conlangery SHORTS #06: Borrowing Cultural Concepts

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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. Links: Xenia Guanxi (关系) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenia_(Greek) http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/ConlangeryShort06.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS

Conlangery #84: Delason

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George and Mike have a wonderful conversation with Nizar Habash, creator of Delason. Featured Conlang: Delason Feedback: 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… Read more »

Conlangery #83: Conlanging through Translation

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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) Links and Resources: Conlang Syntax Tests Aesop’s Fables (online collection) http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/Conlangery83.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS

Conlangery SHORTS #05: Classification

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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.) Links and Resources: Austronesian Possession (and another link) List of Chinese Classifiers (Wikipedia) Noun Classification in Dakelh… Read more »

Conlangery #82: Rikchik

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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 Rikchik physiology Smiley award http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/Conlangery82.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS

Conlangery #81: Tone

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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 Links and Resources: Wobé Wè Nobiin Thai writing system IPA Tone Markings Hmong Gwoyeu… Read more »