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by Salmoneus
Sat 22 Sep 2018, 16:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1458
Views: 121552

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

It's also rather soupy here in Suzhou ("Shanghai's backyard") snigger Significant other likes to liken the air to “pea soup”, which is rather apt. It's the traditional metaphor for London air conditions prior to 1956. Most often found in the form "a pea souper", meaning a bout of heavy fog. Indeed,...
by Salmoneus
Fri 21 Sep 2018, 23:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 640
Views: 83986

Re: False cognates

And bothy (small house) isn't related to... well OK, I can't find a modern reflex that sounds like it, but it's somehow not related to Germanic *bo:thla (house). Isn't bothy (together with booth ) from Old Norse búð (< PG *būþō ~*bōþōn )? If this is the case, then both bothy and bold, bottle (and t...
by Salmoneus
Fri 21 Sep 2018, 11:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Script preference
Replies: 15
Views: 369

Re: Script preference

It should be pointed out for those who are not aware, no ideographies actually exist, nor is there any evidence that they might ever have existed; they are purely an ideological hypothesis no longer generally believed to have a basis in reality. They were invented when people didn't understand logog...
by Salmoneus
Fri 21 Sep 2018, 11:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1604
Views: 185088

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

does this make any sense at all? its really late and i'm half asleep making up stuff, and to me it does /pt̪u/ --> /pθu/ --> /pθu/ --> /pθʷ/ --> /ɸʷ/ --> /ɸ/ This is the thread for quick questions about conworlds and concultures, so this would probably be a better question for the equivalent thread...
by Salmoneus
Thu 20 Sep 2018, 12:15
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Music in my con world, how about yours?
Replies: 29
Views: 1418

Re: Music in my con world, how about yours?

I got distracted into chronicling the minutiae of the evolution of a stringed instrument... ...but then I got distracted from that into the labyrinth of tuning systems. You can see why the Pythagoreans got so mystical. ...darnit! This is one of the reasons I ended up subscribing to 12tone over on Y...
by Salmoneus
Wed 19 Sep 2018, 12:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Script preference
Replies: 15
Views: 369

Re: Script preference

I think somebody used logographs for their consonant-radical conlang. I dont know how far it went. I also tried to copy the idea but my consonant-radical conlang had very few inflection. I used just phonetic vowel singns as inflections, marking all sandhi etc. But in principle, Semitic languages ha...
by Salmoneus
Tue 18 Sep 2018, 00:42
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What would humanoid bugs use as mounts?
Replies: 20
Views: 237

Re: What would humanoid bugs use as mounts?

A bug riding a turtle would seem like a human "riding" a glacier... Just for fun, I worked this out. Let's take an ant, approximately 1mg. Then let's assume you meant 'tortoise' (because turtles live underwater and wouldn't be convenient to ride). Let's take the common or greek tortoise and say an ...
by Salmoneus
Mon 17 Sep 2018, 21:59
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What would humanoid bugs use as mounts?
Replies: 20
Views: 237

Re: What would humanoid bugs use as mounts?

A bug riding a turtle would seem like a human "riding" a glacier... I don't understand characterisations like "humanoid" when combined with "humans think they're just bugs". If a human saw a humanoid person who looked related somehow to a beetle, they wouldn't just think they were a beetle - because...
by Salmoneus
Mon 17 Sep 2018, 21:55
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6666
Views: 543086

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

Outside of the linguistic world (in the world of lay English speakers, that is), it's pretty universally recognized that the word "moist" is unpleasant. If you post a poll about what word people think sounds the worst, I swear, at least half of people asked will say "moist". Is it just because ther...
by Salmoneus
Sun 16 Sep 2018, 21:24
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Music in my con world, how about yours?
Replies: 29
Views: 1418

Re: Music in my con world, how about yours?

Salmoneus wrote:
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 20:16
I got distracted into chronicling the minutiae of the evolution of a stringed instrument...

...but then I got distracted from that into the labyrinth of tuning systems. You can see why the Pythagoreans got so mystical.
...darnit!
by Salmoneus
Fri 14 Sep 2018, 15:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Sadhín: A Biconsonantal Artlang
Replies: 19
Views: 373

Re: Sadhín: A Biconsonantal Artlang

Having s h is typologically weird - even more so in the absence of voiceless aspirated stops. Is it a conscious choice against naturalism? Eh, they're found in Burmese, Chumashan, Oto-Manguean, they're definitely attested. He didn't say they were unattested, he said they were typologically weird. A...
by Salmoneus
Thu 13 Sep 2018, 15:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14004
Views: 895517

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

What could be a natural etymoly/earlier meaning of a word meaning 'town'? 'wall' is very usual one: Estonian linn, Finnish linna 'castle' English town, German Zaun 'fence' Mordvian osh, apparently 'a dam' 'selling' r 'market place' is another one: Finnish kaupunki, German kaufen 'to sell', Swedish ...
by Salmoneus
Mon 10 Sep 2018, 21:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14004
Views: 895517

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

Actually, from Egypt they went back to Scythia, before wandering in the wilderness for 440 years. They only became known as Milesians after acquiring (the top side of) Ireland - because Míls lead the invasion, because he was the brother of Íth, who had been killed in Ireland.
by Salmoneus
Mon 10 Sep 2018, 11:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14004
Views: 895517

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

One quick and longer question: 1. Why is the short form of 'bicycle' 'bike' instead of 'bice'? i.e. /baik/ vs /bais/ Nobody knows. It's one of the great mysteries of English. If you look at wiktionary, you'll see the two obvious theories: a) people have randomly extracted the first and third conson...
by Salmoneus
Sat 08 Sep 2018, 14:45
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Terngatta or dragon's earth
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Terngatta or dragon's earth

I'm guessing this is for some sort of anime or children's book setting? If not, humans and 'tribes' don't actually work like that - people don't all have the same personality because they're in the same 'tribe'. [unrelatedly: damnit, now I want to make a germanic language in which the reflex of *gar...
by Salmoneus
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 13:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14004
Views: 895517

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

One problem with zero-derivation is that it's paradoxically quite restrictive. It leaves ambiguous just how, semantically, the derivative is related to the source, which means that, while sometimes you get polysemous derivatives, often the derivative's meaning is fixed and has to be learnt word-by-w...
by Salmoneus
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 00:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 690
Views: 76200

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Someone's probably mentioned this already, but Old English (Geman Kuh, etc), vs Old Irish (and modern Irish for that matter) .

These even come quite close together in Scotland - Scots coo vs Scottish Gaelic ...
by Salmoneus
Tue 04 Sep 2018, 00:14
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 640
Views: 83986

Re: False cognates

coop vs cubby vs cubicle And bothy (small house) isn't related to... well OK, I can't find a modern reflex that sounds like it, but it's somehow not related to Germanic *bo:thla (house). The latter gives, depending on dialect, English 'bold' (not that 'bold', the other one) or 'bottle' (not that 'b...
by Salmoneus
Sun 02 Sep 2018, 22:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 640
Views: 83986

Re: False cognates

There seem to be vast numbers of false cognates in basic English words for geography. Two that just surprised me: gill/ghyll vs. gully . Given that -y is a common diminutive, and that u/y is a common ablaut alternation, these words, which mean the same thing in most places (though in the weald, 'ghy...
by Salmoneus
Wed 29 Aug 2018, 21:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 701
Views: 113049

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

Not liking or agreeing with the way generations are defined is the same as not acknowledging the existence of time? Disagreeing with the details of the way generations are defined is one thing - this thread is full of it. But claiming not to belong to a generation, or denying the existence of gener...