True, but this feature is less deterministic than you make it sound. There are multiple ways to solve most issues in language, so I usually think of that interlocking nature as a way of focusing my creativity, not stifling it.xBlackHeartx wrote:I'm actually finding some of the tips I've read about conlanging to be false. Grammatical features can't just be mixed and matched. A language is a complex machine and the parts all have to line and work together for the thing to be functional.
Why?xBlackHeartx wrote:Having a verb-initial order for instance has a cascading effect on the rest of the grammar. Assuming you have a VSO order, you're required to have a direct object preposition.
Well, it sounds like you found a solution. But if that one's not satisfying for you, remember that it's rare for a language to use one sentence order exclusively and that copular expressions often don't operate the same as analogous constructions (verbal in this case, but not all languages have a verbal copula).xBlackHeartx wrote:I also had problems for years figuring out how a copular statement works (mostly because natural VSO languages are rare). The only answer I was able to find was to just move the entire predicate to the front. So instead of saying 'He is a linguist', you would say 'is linguist he'.
These languages do use adpositions. In the case of Finnish and Hungarian, they're normally postpositions and more transparently derived from nouns in locative cases. It's equivalent to saying "at the table's lower part" for "under the table" or "in the woman's tracks" for "after the woman".xBlackHeartx wrote:I was really struggling to figure out how a lot of things would be said, when it occured to me that real languages have rely solely on noun cases (as in no prepositions) tend to have a much larger list than just 7 or 8; they typically have a dozen or two like you see in the Finno-Ugric languages.
Then make a particularly divergent one. If you need a justification, althistory is one of many places to look. Maybe the Germanic peoples established a lasting presence in Italy (Italo-Gothic?) or maybe the Vikings stuck around in Vinland (Inuit Norse?).xBlackHeartx wrote:And the Germanic languages in general aren't that diverse.
I would never expect an instant masterpiece and neither should you. Your creation won't be up to your standards at first, but the idea is to keep improving it as you learn more about languages and how to achieve your goals. That process can be one of incremental change to an underlying base, or of tearing everything down and rebuilding from the ground up, whatever suits your style.xBlackHeartx wrote:Oh, and if I did make a conlang based off of the Germanic languages, honestly it would probably look a lot like English. As in it would look like I was just mangling English phrases.
Perhaps I should define my terms. I use "a posteriori" to mean "regularly derived from a natural language", not simply "influenced by or based on a natural language". By the former definition, there's never been a prominent a posteriori auxlang. An a posteriori conlang mimics natural language evolution.xBlackHeartx wrote:And besides, it feels kinda cheap to me because auxlangs are often a posteriori.
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