On Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:16:54 -0400, Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...
>On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 7:06 PM, MorphemeAddict <lytlesw@...> wrote:
>> On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 5:32 PM, Mathieu Roy <mathieu.roy.37@...>wrote:
>>> I was expecting quite different kinds of types.
>Yes, this isn't any kind of coherent classification system, but just a
>vocabulary-building article with a few random bits of language-related
>terminology. Looking at the domain name in the URL explains why.
But perhaps useful to us therefore as a conlang vocab-building exercise. How does your conlang express these, how does it divide the semantic space up in this area? Seems like a good place to show off your speakers' sociolinguistic attitudes, especially.
I haven't really got anything in my conlangs for kinds of language, or non-neutral words for languages. The closest I can think of in one of my conlangs is in Ājat he-Heloun, from the Akana project. In AhH the noun _kaj_, besides its concrete sense 'tongue', means anything from 'language' through 'dialect' or 'register' to 'poetic form' or 'literary genre', but the ?proper noun _Ājat_ appearing in its name means 'language descending from Adāta (the grandparent language)'. I posited the latter word as part of an attempt to grapple with the very unnatural fact that the names of nearly all the descendants of Adāta have as their name the sound-change descendant of _Adāta_ (compare that most Romance languages are not called "Romanian" or "Ladino") -- at the least, that probably means the speakers of these languages are aware and proud of their linguistic heritage or something, right?
There's also a derisive verb _pfǝ̄p_ 'speak with an accent containing [pf)]' which only some non-standard dialects have; I think I had it perceived as hickish or something.