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Re: Natlang most similar to your conlang [WAS: Analyzing Ayeri's syntactic and voice alignment (long)]

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Thursday, April 3, 2008, 19:38

On Thu, 3 Apr 2008 10:53:49 +0200, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:

> The question is a bit moot, since a conlang may be similar > to different natlangs in different parts of its structure: > Sohlob is (by design) similar to Persian, and Turkic and > Middle Korean in its phonology but (by accident) similar to > Australian languages and Tibetan in its morphosyntax. Add to > this that its 'ancestor' Kijeb is more like Algonkinian!
Likewise, Old Albic has things in common with several different languages. It is in many ways similar to Georgian in its grammatical structure (morphosyntactic alignment and all that), partly by design and partly by accident; but its syntax is by design similar to Insular Celtic, the main differences between Old Albic and Celtic syntax being mostly due to Old Albic's much more elaborate case system. The phonology of Old Albic owes a lot to Tolkien's Elvish languages, but also to PIE and Germanic. ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf