George and William invite Prof. William Croft to talk about his theoretical approach to word classes and constructions. Forget a language without adjectives, let’s talk about how your property concepts are predicated!Read more »
George spends some time talking about his recent revisions of his Istatikii grammar, with a focus on organizing writing to serve the needs of the language and the readers.
You will find the two drafts of the Istatikii consonant processes below.
Script below the fold, see the history here.Read more »
Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets joins us to talk to us about Ainu, a minority language of northern Japan.
Top of Show Greeting: Bwángxùd by alr2569 (Translation Notes)
Links and Resources:
- Japan’s new policy on the Ainu is misleading
- A Topical Dictionary of Conversational Ainu
- Bugaeva, A. (2004). Grammar and folklore texts of the Chitose dialect of Ainu: (Idiolect of Ito Oda). ELPR Publication Series (Vol. A-045). Suita: Osaka Gakuin University. (Texts, Preface, Index)
- Refsing, Kirsten. (1986) The Ainu language: the morphology and syntax of the Shizunai dialect. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.
- Corso, E. D. (2016). Morphological alignment in Saru Ainu : A direct-inverse analysis. SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics, 18, 3–28.
- Bugaeva, A. (2017). Polysynthesis in Ainu. In M. Fortescue, M. Mithun, & N. Evans (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Jessie Sams comes on the show to talk to us about how she uses conlanging in the classroom. We discuss how these courses can be designed, what fields of linguistics they address well, and the results she saw from the course. Jessie also requested the following message be added to the notes:
I would also like to thank David J. Peterson, who has visited with my conlang students the last three times I’ve offered the course. His visits have been incredibly beneficial for both my students and me. Students don’t often have the chance to speak with the author of their textbook, so it’s an amazing experience.
Top of show Greeting: Nál [nɑːl] by Carl Avlund
Links and Resources:Read more »
George and William come back to talk about telicity and lexical aspect. Listen to us talk about endpoints in events and puzzle over why achievement and accomplishment are supposed to mean different things.
George reflects on completing his PhD, and talks to those conlangers who might be considering graduate study in linguistics.
Script below the fold:Read more »
I apologize for being quiet for so long. Many of you will notice that we have not put out a new episode for a couple months. I (George) am currently working furiously on finishing my dissertation. Between data wrangling, writing, looking for jobs, and playing with a toddler I haven’t had much time or opportunity to record and edit a show.
Conlangery will return as a monthly podcast as soon as I am able to get into a place where I can carve out the time to do it. In the meantime, I have suspended our Patreon, as I felt uncomfortable continuing to take monthly payments without making content. If you would still like to support the show during the hiatus (maybe as an appreciation for past episodes), we will accept one-time donations through Ko-fi. Me being in a bit of a transitional period, it would definitely be appreciated.
I thank all our listeners for their patience. I promise that we will be coming back, and I will be sure to make the next episode a good one. In the mean time, I need to put my head down and finish my degree.
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.