Conlangery #99: Nonconcatenative Morphology

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We have some fun telling you about nonconcatenative mophology — that is morphology that doesn’t involve stringing things together. It’s not just Arabic, folks (though we do talk about that a bit). Top of Show Greeting: Engeldish Links and Resources:  “Down with Morphemes” talk and paper Wikipedia article Wikipedia “Apophony” Indo-European Ablaut “Transfix” Arabic broken… Read more »

Conlangery SHORTS #13: Etymology Maps on Reddit

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In this episode, George points out a really interesting little subreddit that might provide some inspiration to conlangers. Links and Resources Etymology Maps subreddit camel clock beer Jew http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/ConlangeryShort13.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Conlangery #97: Interview with Britton Watkins

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Conlangery 97

Today we interview conlanger Britton Watkins about his journey from natlang enthusiasm through Vulcan and Na’vi fandom to creating a conlang for his and his husband’s ‘nano-budget’ movie. Korsaya.org Senn http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/Conlangery97.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Conlangery SHORTS #12: Verbs in Uskra

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Bianca tells us a little about the verbal system of Uskra, one of her conlangs, and how she played with giving grammatical forms multiple uses. http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/ConlangeryShort12.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Conlangery #96: Where did my Nominative go?

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George and William have a discussion of those times when the subject isn’t in the case you might expect it to be in. Links and Resources: Wikipedia on Quirky Subject Subject cases in Sadani Oblique subjects in Slavic (handout/ PowerPoint) Warlpiri Comparative study with lots of examples from many languages Non-nominative subject in Oriya Okuna… Read more »

Conlangery #95: Weird Ideas for Auxlangs

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Today we talk about a bunch of wacky and wonderful auxlangs. Links and Resources: Real Character Caracteristica universalis aUI (Wikipedia, original site, a not-so-friendly review) Dnghu Babm Blissymbolics (official site, Wikipedia) Solresol http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/Conlangery95.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Conlangery #94: Face and Politeness

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We go over politeness theory and discuss its implications for creating interesting conlangs and concultural interactions. Top of Show Greeting: Zametulian Links and Resources: Wikipedia on Politeness Theory Lecture notes on the subject (with some critiques) Power Point slides with good English examples Another Wikipedia article on Face http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/Conlangery94.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download |… Read more »

Conlangery #93: Basque/Euskara (natlang)

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Today, William is gone, but we have Christophe Grandsire-Koevets on as a special guest to discuss one of his favorite natlang inspirations, Basque. Top of Show Greeting: Palethian Links and Resources: Theories on Basque’s origins (Spanish) Grammar of Basque Some useful charts and such (French) Another grammar Four Wikipedia pages: main, grammar, verbs, dialects http://media.blubrry.com/conlangery/p/content.blubrry.com/conlangery/Conlangery93.mp3Podcast: Play… Read more »

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 »