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by cedh
Sat 07 Apr 2018, 16:52
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6497
Views: 428282

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Certain variants of English (IIRC mostly in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of England) have something like [ə͡ʉ] for the GOAT vowel. If the hypothetical speaker speaks one of these dialects, I'd expect something like okray . Otherwise, oykray (with CHOICE) or akray (with FACE) would probably be m...
by cedh
Tue 27 Mar 2018, 10:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13532
Views: 710604

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Yes, changes of that sort are attested. A fairly well-known natlang example is the palatalisation of *k → tʃ → ʃ before /a/ in French. But: Usually there's a phonetic motivation somewhere underneath; in this case most likely that /a/ was pronounced a bit closer to the front of the mouth than today w...
by cedh
Tue 27 Mar 2018, 09:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6497
Views: 428282

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

German does have a distinction between a phonemic affricate /t͡s/ and a cluster [t.s] that occurs across syllable boundaries, but the latter is best analysed phonemically as /t.z/ since /s/ normally doesn't occur in onset position in native words. Accordingly, the phonetic distinction is mostly a fo...
by cedh
Wed 21 Mar 2018, 10:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6497
Views: 428282

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

How are constructions like "I saw him sitting on a bench." analysed? Here are a couple of Wikipedia articles on related topics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exceptional_case-marking https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_(linguistics) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_clause https://en.wikipedia....
by cedh
Fri 09 Mar 2018, 11:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13532
Views: 710604

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

It turns out the Silvish numbers sí [ˈsi] "six" and sé [ˈse] "seven" are pronounced the same in a very specific circumstance. Before a word with an initial nasal, they both end up pronounced [sɛ̃]. This ambiguity is more than a little onerous. (Is that 6 million or 7 million euros?) Does anyone kno...
by cedh
Tue 27 Feb 2018, 09:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random ideas: Morphosyntax
Replies: 672
Views: 62162

Re: Random ideas: Morphosyntax

D is the donor of a detransitive clause, T is the theme of a detransitive clause, and R is the recipient of a detransitive clause. You mean "ditransitive"; detransitive is something else entirely (it's when a verb that was originally transitive has had its transitivity reduced). Also the "subject" ...
by cedh
Sat 24 Feb 2018, 21:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 158
Views: 8092

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

Wow, this text really changed a lot! Very nice! I'm the one who introduced the elders and the megalith. This happened because (a) I always try to make relay texts fit in with my concultures (in this case, a late chalcolithic / early bronze age society in which astronomy has religious significance, a...
by cedh
Sat 24 Feb 2018, 21:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2768
Views: 170486

Re: Yay or Nay?

You could also draw up some restrictions as to the types of AAB and ABB clusters allowed in the language. For example: - geminated nasals and liquids might only be allowed in position A (this would allow /lls/ but not /sll/) - geminated voiced fricatives might only be allowed in position B, and pos...
by cedh
Fri 23 Feb 2018, 10:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 158
Views: 8092

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

cedh wrote:
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 09:31
Torch received.
...translated into Ronc Tyu, and passed on to Frislander.
by cedh
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 09:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 158
Views: 8092

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

Torch received.
by cedh
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 13:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2768
Views: 170486

Re: Yay or Nay?

I still want to allow initial and final geminates, though. The reason I've come to this thread is that I'm still undecided regarding what to do about all these geminate affricates from the original version of the language. Should I allow for clusters like /tts/ or /kxx/? I think I could even expand...
by cedh
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 13:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 158
Views: 8092

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

Shall I put cedh in just before you, then, Frislander? Yes please do. That's fine with me too. I'd be happy to translate from you whichever you go for (though I think I'd prefer Ronc Tyu as it's my first relay and I'd want something fairly easy to handle and transparent, i.e. not Tmaśareʔ). Tmaśare...
by cedh
Thu 15 Feb 2018, 14:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 158
Views: 8092

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

I know I'm very late, but now it's becoming clear that I should have enough free time next week, so: Can I still join? You could simply put me at the end of the chain, unless either Dormouse559 or Frislander wants to specifically translate out of one of my languages, then I could jump in earlier too...
by cedh
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 11:29
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6497
Views: 428282

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

All4Ɇn wrote:
Wed 10 Jan 2018, 21:03
According to Wiktionary the character 殿, which now means hall, originally meant buttocks. How did a change like that take place?
'buttocks' > 'area to the rear of sth.' > 'place where people go during a break' > 'place where people meet' > 'hall', maybe???
by cedh
Fri 05 Jan 2018, 17:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Grammuary 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 3505

Re: Grammuary 2018

ixals wrote:
Thu 04 Jan 2018, 19:50
Lambuzhao wrote:
Thu 04 Jan 2018, 18:40
Lexember
Grammuary

What's next, I wunder?
How about we switch every month? Vocabruary, Grammarch? [:P]
Last year somebody somewhere announced a challenge called Verbruary.
by cedh
Fri 05 Jan 2018, 17:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexember 2017
Replies: 275
Views: 10430

Re: Lexember 2017

Thrice Xandvii wrote: vyagh /vɪə̯ɣ/ — (v) · to be old; (n-ABS) · dusk
rang /raŋ/ — (v) · to be new; (n-ABS) · dawn
I really like these polysemies!
by cedh
Sun 31 Dec 2017, 17:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexember 2017
Replies: 275
Views: 10430

Re: Lexember 2017

Ndok Aisô: 31) wôblauteu (v.) [A-I] 'finish, complete, conclude' ← NT malâwe ta 'successful-DYNAMIC' Bonus words: 31a) ruhuk (v.) [C-II] 'be reckless, be impatient, behave riskily' ← NT rukuk 'always be in a hurry' 31b) nilik (adj.) 'honest, frank, authentic, genuine' ← Tlaliolz nilīk' 'honest' (bor...
by cedh
Sat 30 Dec 2017, 11:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexember 2017
Replies: 275
Views: 10430

Re: Lexember 2017

Ndok Aisô:

30) maihoi (n.) 'yolk (of an egg)' ← NT ulmài ngkai 'egg yellow' (initial *ul dropped due to confusion with the definite article *lu)
by cedh
Fri 29 Dec 2017, 16:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexember 2017
Replies: 275
Views: 10430

Re: Lexember 2017

Ndok Aisô:

29) ngahêboi (v.) [C-V] 'connect, combine, assemble' ← NT ngane kîbai 'tie a connection'
by cedh
Thu 28 Dec 2017, 12:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexember 2017
Replies: 275
Views: 10430

Re: Lexember 2017

Ndok Aisô:

28) ntsexelseu (v.) [C-III] 'have a fever' ← NT ntse relsi 'hot blood'