Conlangery #92: The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

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We go over the basic premise of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis and it’s (limited) usefulness to naturalistic conlanging, with a couple of tangents here and there. Top of Show Greeting: Danish (translated by Samuel Kilsholm) Links and Resources: Wikipedia entry on linguistic relativity Linguistic determinism Experimental languages Verb framing Eskimo snow word myth NPR story on study… Read more »

Conlangery #91: Srínawésin

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Today we talk about a language of dragons. It’s really, really hard to pronounce. Top of show Greeting: Jesesç Srínawésin grammar and dictionary: Section I Section II and III Section IV Section V Section VI Section VII Section VIII Lexicon of Verb Roots and Thesaurus http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/Conlangery91.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes |… Read more »

Conlangery SHORTS #11: Phrasebook: What time is it?

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George continues his phrasebook series with a few musings about telling time. Long form episodes returning soon. http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/ConlangeryShort11.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Conlangery SHORTS #10: Phrasebook: How do you say …?

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George continues his phrasebook series by considering what you say when you ask “How do you say …?” and “What does that mean?” http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/ConlangeryShort10.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Conlangery SHORTS #09: Phrasebook: Hello and Goodbye

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George starts off on a sort of informal “series” of shorts on phrasebook phrases with some talk about greetings and farewells. http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/ConlangeryShort09.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Conlangery SHORTS #08: A Pahran grammaticalization idea

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George shares an idea he is pursuing in the historical development of Pahran. LCC5 http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/ConlangeryShort08.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Conlangery #89: Polysynthesis

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Today, we take a little time to talk about the topic of polysynthesis Top of Show Greeting: Gothic (translated by Roman Rausch) Links and Resources: Nootkan/Southern Wakashan grammar (featured on episode 41) ZBB thread on polysynthesis Nice Inuit article Iñupiatun Eskimo dictionary Ancient Egyptian (Amazon link) Feedback: http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/Conlangery89.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe:… Read more »

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: iTunes | 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 »