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Today, George and William have an interesting discussion on the phenomenon of “zonal” auxiliary languages,  which seek to unite a region rather than the whole world.

Top of Show Greeting: Ponuhi

Links and Resources:

– Germanic auxlangs

– Slavic auxlangs





Dear George, Mike and DJP (et al),

Perhaps it’s not a topic worthy of an entire episode, but I thought I’d ask, and maybe sometime in feedback you’ll tell me a better way to go about learning.  Can you guys do an episode on tone?  I’ve studied (English,) German, French, Czech, Japanese, and Korean, so tone has never come up.  I can almost hear them, but I can never produce them with any degree of fluency.  There are a few sounds that I don’t think I am articulating correctly (e.g. pharyngealization) so I never include them in my conlangs.  The same is true with tone.  I remember William repeatedly suggested we write a two-tone language, but I couldn’t find any good examples to listen to online.  Could you guys maybe do a practicum?
Thanks for making a great show so regularly.  George is a good sergeant York!


Robert Marshall Murphy

Navajo spoken with text on the screen:

8 Responses to “Conlangery #80: Zonal Auxlangs”

  1. Jack Rayburn

    I wish you had interviewed someone involved with any of these auxlangs. Probably could have gotten someone from Dnghu, Folksprak or one of the Slavic projects to chat with you for a few minutes.

    • admin

      We’d had a lot of schedule issues with this episode, so I’m not sure if we could have. Plus, we didn’t want to focus on any one language.

  2. Robert Murphy

    Thank you so much for graciously answering my n00b question! (I had figured it was too dumb to air.) I would love to attempt a Semitic Zonal Auxlang that excluded Hebrew and Maltese someday, once I get the expertise. A Polynesian auxlang shouldn’t be that hard to achieve. I’m working on both families in my Proto-Austronesian Hebrew and my (forthcoming) Proto-Polynesian Hebrew.

  3. NATO

    Hi George,
    This is great! I’m currently trying very hard to learn Slovjanski/Novosloviensky so this is totally my thing! It’s really exciting! These kinds of languages are really encouraging for learners.

    This reminded me of a German language I saw awhile ago on here called tviskengermaanske.
    There’s also talk of a ‘semiti’ which links to here and the enormous. Grammar for a ‘delason’


  4. John Hutchinson

    Just be glad with Dnghu they didn’t go in for the Glottalic Theory! I can’t see hordes of people lining up to learn that one!

  5. Qwynegold

    I listened to that first Navajo link. Honestly, to me it sounded extremely monotone. I think contour tones are much, much more distinct than level tones.


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