July 16, 2012 25 Comments
Today we take some time to talk to you about a conworldy topic: loan words in your conlang. What words are likely to be borrowed? What kinds of situations cause borrowing? And how does grammar work for loan words? Also, we talk about Kebreni, our second feature of an Almean language.
Top of Show Greeting: Lojban
Links and Resources:
- Presentation on “Borrowability”
- World Loanword Database
- Loanword Typology (paper)
- Loanword Typology (PPT)
Featured Conlang: Kebreni
A friend just posted this on my Facebook wall: a list of measure words in English! Everything from a murder of crows to a stand of flamingos to a blessing of unicorns (because it’s Unicorn Appreciation Day, of course!), and even some obviously contrived creations like “a brace of dentists”.
Now I wonder what the measure word for conlangers would be….
Michael from California