The Dailies. August 2

The Dailies. August 2

Did you work on your language today? Create any new rules of grammar or syntax? New progress on a script? New words in your lexicon?

On the other hand, do any excavating or reading or enjoying stuff you’ve already created? Do you have any favorites to share?

How did you conlang today?


One thought on “The Dailies. August 2

  1. So I get to update Akachenti phonology and all of my IPA pronunciations everywhere. :headdesk:

    I made an executive decision re: the pronunciation of h in the language, that the reason following it with a close vowel ends up with lateral airflow is probably more due to my exceptionally narrow palate than the allophone actually being lateral. So it’s all going to be shifted to a palatal fricative with a breathy-voiced glottal allophone in word-initial positions or when followed by a lax vowel, in Akachenti, ae, e, or u. Oddly enough, the others are all tense. Not that I could tell you what makes it tense/lax, but that’s the only contrast that describes it at all.

    Additionally, I’ve worked out something new regarding person. When I really thought about English, we have a “generic” in first, second, and third person, though we only seem to acknowledge the one in second. So I really looked at my four person marker sets and my three personal pronoun pairs, and ignored proximate, animate person promotion, and concluded that Akachenti has an underlying system of first person unmarked exclusive (the inclusive element isn’t quite, see below), first person inclusive, second person, and third person.

    I decided this also based on the fact that when the first person unmarked is used to indicate a clusive relationship with the addressee, though a first person marker is used, a different one is used for each referent, both speaker and addressee. In the case of the actual clusive first person, only one marker is required to say “we”, which means the other is much more like “you and I” with that proximate, animate promotion thing I mentioned earlier.

    Every person indicator will generally promote the addressee to first or the referent to addressee/second if proximate and animate, so I don’t know what that is, but it sure made this whole mess confusing for a while. It essentially created two types of clusivity with subtle distinctions in which is used when.

    But still, coming at it from this base should make it much simpler now to flesh out the different uses of Akachenti person, now that it’s separating core definition from that usage.

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