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Re: Some conlang questions

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Sunday, December 29, 2002, 3:16
> From: "A. Ingram" <red_grass23@...> > Sent: Friday, December 27, 2002 11:57 PM
> > how would one go about making up dialects? i know that dialects > > are > > phonetic variations (?). Would one just modify the sounds a little > > bit, or is there more to a dialect than that?
- Well, it depends what kind of dialects you're looking for... they may just have differences in sound, or differences in grammar, or a mixture of them. For instance, the different dialects of my conlang Gabwe only differ in phonology; the grammar is the same. However, some of them are so different in sound from one another that it'd probably take a lot of time for a speaker of one to train themself to understand a different dialect - for instance, a monodialectal speaker of Standared Tierean Gabwe would have a very hard time understanding a speaker of the unnamed dialect under the word "unnamed" in the chart at: Or you could have predominantly grammatical differences. For instance, to cite a natlang, although there are phonological differences between 'Standard' Media American English and African-American Vernacular English ("Ebonics"), they also have some important grammatical differences. If i remember correctly AAVE distinguishes simple |you standin| (='you are standing') from habitual |you be standin|, a construction that doesn't exist in many other dialects of English, including the 'standard'. -Stephen (Steg) "Beornings talk with a Lithuanian accent?!"


Padraic Brown <elemtilas@...>