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by Salmoneus
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 18:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 496
Views: 36335

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

The fact that the first two polynesian numbers, dua rua, rhyme, seems a little suspicious to me. Why though? In German, 2 and 3 rhyme too. (zwei/drei). And yes, it causes a lot of confusion. There is an alternative form of 2, "two", that descriptively is exclusively used to distinguish 2 from 3. Bu...
by Salmoneus
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 14:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 496
Views: 36335

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

One can only guess. Indonesian dua comes from Proto-Austronesian *<duSa> /dusa/. The Fijian form is IINM /dua/. If we assume the Proto-Austronesian form *<əsa> /əça/, we habe to assume schwa deletion (>/ça/), foritition (>/da/) and diphthongization (maybe also depalatalization?) to get /dua/. Inter...
by Salmoneus
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 21:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6387
Views: 404022

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

Pabappa wrote:
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 18:27
Basque may have played a role. Old Basque contrasted gemination for /n l r /, but not for stops or the labial nasal /m/.

Old Basque is unlikely to have played a huge role in the development of Latin, given our current understandings of history.
by Salmoneus
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 20:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675299

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

Is there a term for an inflectional paradigm that is a composite of two previously independent paradigms? Like in Latin where the accusative plural from one declension is borrowed into another. Basically the opposite of syncretism .... The idea is to preserve differences that would normally be erod...
by Salmoneus
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 01:10
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: taking over done ideas and making them interesting
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: taking over done ideas and making them interesting

So if you had an idea that’s been done before, how did you execute it differently? I think this is the wrong way to think about things. I think if you go into things with that perspective, you focus too much on "ideas" - little "hey wouldn't it be cool if" slogans - and you get the idea that the so...
by Salmoneus
Mon 19 Feb 2018, 00:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Inner Bruise -- a science-fiction collabfic
Replies: 15
Views: 748

Re: Inner Bruise -- a science-fiction collabfic

It's been over a year and no one from this site has joined this project. So I'd like to ask all of you why. Is there some reason you haven't been interested in, or have actively been turned off from, participating in the Inner Bruise collaboration wiki? I can't figure out what it is. I'd have thoug...
by Salmoneus
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 17:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6387
Views: 404022

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

I read about Dothraki. In it, the nominal predicat(iv)e in the present is in Nominative but in the past it is in Ablative. This is quite interesting an idea to code tense with case. Russian and Standard Arabic also have different cases (Instrumental and Accusative respectively) as complements of th...
by Salmoneus
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 17:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 15
Views: 291

Re: English Dialects

Wasn't there someone using the Vowel Hunter and Praat for phonetic measurements of their vowels? Sal, would you think that such a comparison would be more meaningful? My issue wasn't with the methodology - although of course objective measurements would help - but with the underlying question. Parl...
by Salmoneus
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 13:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675299

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

In natural speech though (outside of highly formal RP) I don't think anyone pronounce the coda in words like "strengths" with all 4 consonants. My natural pronunciation actually reduces it to something very like [st͡ʃɹɛŋs]. Whereas that would be impermissable, phonologically, for me - switching POA...
by Salmoneus
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 02:58
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: My view of linguistics
Replies: 6
Views: 322

Re: My view of linguistics

I think the important thing to note here is that none of this is true.
by Salmoneus
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 02:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675299

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

Also, does anyone know of any languages where coda clust ers are allowed to be more complex than onset clust ers ? You're writing in one. Might I ask for a clar ification? I know that you mean English, but I can't think of any words with four coda conso nants . " sixths" ? I guess I meant to ask if...
by Salmoneus
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 01:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 15
Views: 291

Re: English Dialects

I'm not sure this is particularly meaningful. "Phones", particularly vowel phones, are not absolute, objective things; these symbols are just guides to locations in a continuous vowel space; everyone will have slightly different phones. So it doesn't really make sense to talk about what phones are '...
by Salmoneus
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 01:00
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 7
Views: 245

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

I'd see this as as a morton's fork, unfortunately. Prong one: your species are humans who wear strange hats. [/have wings /have bumpy foreheads /have pointy ears /are descended from lizards, etc]. The more you focus on these people, the more obvious it becomes that they are just humans who are weari...
by Salmoneus
Mon 05 Feb 2018, 22:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6387
Views: 404022

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

My google-fu is failing me. English has a set of verbs that conjugate through ablaut—changing a vowel—and are considered irregular by modern standards: things like sing/sang/sung, drink/drank/drunk, sleep/slept, and so on. It seems as though there are internal patterns to those (see the i/a/u examp...
by Salmoneus
Sun 04 Feb 2018, 16:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Interesting spectra and categories
Replies: 15
Views: 470

Re: Interesting spectra and categories

I still have no idea what this thread is about.
by Salmoneus
Sun 28 Jan 2018, 16:29
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: world introduction: verlyria
Replies: 22
Views: 673

Re: world introduction: verlyria

Creyeditor wrote:
Sun 28 Jan 2018, 01:23
I think the second to last link is wrong, which makes your point harder to get. I see the 'look at my arse' instead of 'in motion'.
Dammit. Hopefully fixed now.
by Salmoneus
Sun 28 Jan 2018, 01:14
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: world introduction: verlyria
Replies: 22
Views: 673

Re: world introduction: verlyria

Des is correct in saying there's not enough to really comment on, but I do have a few thoughts... First, on naked women. I'm a big fan of naked women, in general, but cartoon naked fantasy women (and clothed men) is a bit of an eyeball-rolling "oh, teenage wish-fulfillment" trope, isn't it? But actu...
by Salmoneus
Sun 28 Jan 2018, 00:01
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: unconventional settings: how to get people interested
Replies: 32
Views: 1120

Re: unconventional settings: how to get people interested

Dammit, responding to criticism by listening to it and thinking about one's own actions is NOT how online discussions are supposed to go. Thanks for taking my comment seriously. FWIW, I was actually coming here to delete it. Not that I think I was wrong, but that I in turn was probably too sharp in ...
by Salmoneus
Sat 27 Jan 2018, 19:32
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: unconventional settings: how to get people interested
Replies: 32
Views: 1120

Re: unconventional settings: how to get people interested

I don't post anything about my conworld here because I know most people here won't be interested in it. If I might ask, how do you know for certain? People here have very specific interests that do not align with mine. Upon browsing the forum, one can see other members' comments about what they lik...
by Salmoneus
Fri 26 Jan 2018, 00:21
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: unconventional settings: how to get people interested
Replies: 32
Views: 1120

Re: unconventional settings: how to get people interested

Interacting in the community certainly can't hurt. But to be honest, there's only really One Weird Trick for getting lots of people invested in your conworld: make it the basis of a multimegamilliondollar international entertainment franchise . Given a choice, I'd recommend a major HBO TV series or ...