George gives a short talk about how phonology affects phonetic transcriptions and why the narrow “phonetic” transcription of your language does not have to be overly specific (especially with vowels!). We should have a regular episode again next month.
Colm Doyle comes on to talk about his Nymeran language, created for the comic series Glow, as well as some of the process and challenges of making a conlang and script for comics.
Top of Show Greeting: Vaq’ǫ̀ʔ Nąśą /vàqʼõ̀ʔ nã̀ʃã́/
Joey Windsor and Christophe Grandsire-Koevets join George to discuss what tools we can get from more advanced linguistics theoretical frameworks. What tools do they provide the conlanger, and where do you have to be careful about applying them.
Top of Show Greeting: Gidurguyt [ɡɪ-ərdɡuː-jɪt]
- Doug Ball’s Talk
- Unfortunately, the video of Joey’s talk is incomprehensible. I also cannot find video for William’s talk. Please forgive the inconvenience.
Academic Sources and Textbooks:
Mihalic̆ek, V., & Wilson, C. (2011). Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Ohio State University Press.
Dresher, B. E. (2009). The contrastive hierarchy in phonology (Vol. 121). Cambridge University Press.
O’Grady, W., & Archibald, J. (2015). Contemporary linguistic analysis: An introduction. Pearson Canada.
Kager, R. (1999). Optimality theory. Cambridge University Press.
Gussenhoven, C., & Jacobs, H. (2013). Understanding phonology. Routledge.
Trask, R. L. (2004). A dictionary of phonetics and phonology. Routledge.
George discusses last year’s Lexember and some of the things that came out of that. Also, help us correct our transcripts on the Conlang Sources Wiki.
The Conlangery Twitter account. (Sorry, twitter search is bad, so I can’t conveniently direct you just to Lexember retweets.)
Conlangery Statement on Patreon Fee Changes (audio and transcript)
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Today, Matt Pearson joins George and William to talk about non-finite “adverbial” verb forms called converbs.
Top of Show Greeting: Old Niveni
Links and Resources:
- Imperative Converb in Archi (conference abstract)
Ylikoski, J. (2003). Defining non-finites. Action nominals, converbs and infmitives. Journal of Linguistics, 16(2003), 185–237.
Ahland, M. (2015). The Functions of Non-Final Verbs and Their Aspectual Categories in Northern Mao (Omotic) Narrative. Beyond Aspect: The Expression of Discourse Functions in African Languages, 109(81), 1–40.
Creissels, D. (2010). Specialized converbs and adverbial subordination in Axaxdərə Akhvakh. In I. Bril (Ed.), Clause Linking and Clause Hierarchy: Syntax and pragmatics (pp. 104–142). John Benjamins.
- Asfawwesen, D. (2016). The inceptive construction and associated topics in Amharic and related languages. (Doctoral dissertation, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University).
- Vandewalle, J. (2016). On Uzbek Converb Constructions Expressing Motion Events/Devinim Anlatan Özbekçe Ulaçli Yapilar Üzerine. Bilig, 78, 117.
- Coupe, A. R. (2017). On the diachronic origins of converbs in Tibeto-Burman and beyond. Sociohistorical Linguistics in Southeast Asia: New Horizons for Tibeto-Burman Studies in honor of David Bradley, 211.
Forker, D. (2013). Microtypology and the Tsezic languages: A case study of syntactic properties of converbal clauses. SKY Journal of Linguistics, 26(i), 21–40.
- Amha, A., & Dimmendaal, G. J. (2006). Converbs in an African perspective. Trends in Linguistics Studies and Monographs. 167, 393.
Jake and Kaye come on to talk about how language can interact with identity, across ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and class identities.
Top of Show Greeting: Faikari. /ˈvɐ͡ɪ.kʰɒ.ˌʁi/
Links and Resources:
- Plural you
- Key and Peele skits 1, 2
- Stigmatization of speech associated with women
- “Sounding gay”
- Journal of Gender and Language
- Mondorf, B. (2002) Gender differences in English syntax. Journal of English Linguistics, 30(2), 158-180
- Holland, D. C. (2001) Identity and agency in cultural worlds. Harvard University Press.
- Butler, J. (2011) Gender trouble: Feminism and the subversion of identity. Routledge
- Oakley, A. (2016) Disturbing Hegemonic Discourse: Nonbinary Gender and Sexual Orientation Labeling on Tumblr. Social Media + Society, 2(3), 205630511666421.
- Renninger, B. J. (2015) “Where I can be myself … where I can speak my mind” : Networked counterpublics in a polymedia environment. New Media & Society, 17(9), 1513–1529.
This week, George discusses Phonix, a sound change applier that will help you with your historical conlanging.
This episode, we discuss Coptic, the last descendant of thousands of years of Ancient Egyptian, now spoken mainly as a liturgical language in Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.
Top of Show Greeting: Nalathis
Special Mention: Go watch Conlanging: The Art of Crafting Tongues!
Links and Resources:
- Plumley, Martin (1948) An Introductory Coptic Grammar. London: Home and van Thal.
- Tattam, Henry (1863) A Compendious Grammar of the Egyptian Language. London: Williams and Norgate.
- Layton, Bentley (2000). A Coptic grammar: With chrestomathy and glossary: Sahidic dialect (Vol. 20). Otto Harrassowitz.
- Loprieno, Antonio (1995) Ancient Egyptian: a linguistic introduction. Cambridge University Press.
- Lambdin, Thomas Oden (1983) Introduction to Sahidic Coptic. Mercer University Press.
- Youssef, Ahmad Abdel-Hamid (2003) From Pharaoh’s Lips: Ancient Egyptian Language in the Arabic of Today. American University of Cairo Press.
Just wanted to let everyone know that I am putting Conlangery under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non-commercial – Share-Alike. This means that you are free to copy, distribute, remix, and create derivative works from the show, so long as you give attribution, your work is not commercial in nature, and you also use a the same license on your own product. For attribution, I will consider it sufficent if you simply credit the show, Conlangery Podcast, though it’s a good idea to also mention the hosts of any particular episodes. A link would be nice, too.
This is really more of a clarification than anything. Although I did originally claim copyright over the show in iTunes (it may still say (c) George Corley 2011 until that updates), I never really intended to exert total copyright control. Recent conversations reminded me that I needed to change that. This should also serve as a notice to some fans who I noticed were providing transcriptions of the show — that’s totally cool, just attribute and put the transcript under a CC license. I am trying to get my own transcripts out there, but so far haven’t been able to get the time to get things rolling.
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