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by abi
Wed 02 May 2018, 08:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What language could this person speak?
Replies: 15
Views: 3334

Re: What language could this person speak?

Obviously Java is short for Javanese and are from Indonesia, so probably Indonesian. [;)]
by abi
Mon 07 Aug 2017, 05:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Is modern grammar writing simply better?
Replies: 13
Views: 2237

Re: Is modern grammar writing simply better?

My biggest gripe is with grammars that use nonstandard conventions. A lot of old grammar and phonology texts have some weird transcriptions before the IPA was standardized (like ħ for ç), and even now I come across a paper or two that is well aware of the IPA but chooses not to use it for some esote...
by abi
Sun 16 Jul 2017, 09:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Post-Modern English
Replies: 38
Views: 6585

Re: Post-Modern English

I always thought it would be interesting if English develops "reverse" conjugation from the traditional european languages; instead of conjugation based on the subject (I have vs He has) we get it based off the object: -Haveme vs Haveya vs Havim vs Haver vs Havit, etc. or even more with palatals, -C...
by abi
Sat 20 May 2017, 10:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Pogostick Language Game
Replies: 84
Views: 10830

Re: The Pogostick Language Game

Manhattan > Berlin (also from general american to RP apparently!)

[mɛənhæʔn] > [m̃ɛnhɛʔn] > [ᵇm̃ɝnɪn] > [bᵐɚlɪn] > [bɚlɪn]
by abi
Sat 15 Apr 2017, 19:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Funny Speech Quirks and More!
Replies: 40
Views: 4014

Re: Funny Speech Quirks and More!

I don't really round any of my vowels. Like, they sound "rounded" yet my lips hardly move. I have a really hard time trying to speak german.
by abi
Wed 28 Dec 2016, 18:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: If your conlang were a natlang...
Replies: 94
Views: 5855

Re: If your conlang were a natlang...

Probably a native american language or some sort. Translation from the first bit of Wikipedia's entry for foxes: Lútaak sí wa yunʔ ɲúúɲee nééʔréyuurí yenhaat luɲee, wa seeʔ káán taahke nííhukwuuwáá tíírenluɲee. Luhré ʔaaklaak naakyaarí, héét kuutʔi ráátuuyaarí, heɲúúk yeeʔaanyaarísí, wa nuuyu heeʔu ...
by abi
Sun 20 Nov 2016, 04:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: I want to learn another language
Replies: 4
Views: 972

Re: I want to learn another language

Why not Russian? Tons of speakers, many monolingual, lots of learning resources, lots of media (cartoons, movies, music, etc.), and the cool factor is pretty high. Foreign enough to seem different but still IE so it doesn't feel hopelessly alien.
by abi
Fri 21 Oct 2016, 03:51
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Question about tonal languages.
Replies: 4
Views: 916

Re: Question about tonal languages.

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by abi
Fri 19 Aug 2016, 10:50
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: I'm useless.
Replies: 60
Views: 7322

Re: I'm useless.

I need to put down some classes--registration is still ongoing for about a week or two--but...why? Why am I going to college? Why am I doing this? You could always take a semester off, it's not like your credits instantly dissolve or anything. Take some time to build up money and collect yourself. ...
by abi
Sat 23 Jul 2016, 11:02
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Word Order
Replies: 8
Views: 942

Re: Word Order

Depends on what you're going for. If you want a "normal" language then SVO or SOV is the obvious choice. But if it's a personal language or one that you don't mind being a little off the beaten trail then OSV is fine. I've found that some languages tend to just "fit" with certain word orders, even i...
by abi
Sat 06 Feb 2016, 17:09
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Conlanging through Translation
Replies: 7
Views: 1247

Re: Conlanging through Translation

I usually come up with a phonetic inventory, orthography, grammar outline, about 50-60 words, and a few dozen simple sentences to get a feel for the language before I start translating. Translating for me is mainly a way to get common vocab and derivation without slogging through lists of "most comm...
by abi
Sat 23 Jan 2016, 23:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English without GVS?
Replies: 31
Views: 4891

Re: English without GVS?

Aleks wrote:Rolled R would definitely spice it up.
Considering rolled is the standard/more common "r" sound, I'd say english has the spicier phoneme. Combine that with our lovely /T, D/ and vowel system and I'd say we have a pretty flavorful language here.
by abi
Tue 01 Dec 2015, 23:05
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Reforming Ido - Worth the Effort?
Replies: 20
Views: 1950

Re: Reforming Ido - Worth the Effort?

The elimination of "tu" (the "personal" form of 'you,' used only in French so far as I know) Formal vs Personal you is pretty much used in all IE but english, and exists in many non IE languages as well. Also variants of "tu" is universal in european languages, again, except english. (Germanic "du"...
by abi
Sat 14 Nov 2015, 23:56
Forum: Translations
Topic: Blank Space
Replies: 15
Views: 2718

Re: Blank Space

:con: Mihok Translation 1: Ńoiternasle mohai kogi vanas nekut. ń Ø.mohai Ø.kogi vanas si.nekut want.hold.PRES.COND NOM-M.boy like NOM-N.torture Boys only want love if [love] is like torture. Translation 2: Ńoiternas namohai cekogi, la jesassi nekut. ń na.mohai cekog...
by abi
Sat 17 Oct 2015, 22:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What should I translate into my conlang
Replies: 6
Views: 593

Re: What should I translate into my conlang

I'd recommend against translating poetry as its very language specific and usually allows for non-standard grammatical formations. After your language is fairly "complete" (grammar functional, large and diverse vocab) would I start doing poetry. I find small, straightforward texts like Schleicher's ...
by abi
Tue 05 Aug 2014, 06:34
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Langauge myths that persist on the Internet.
Replies: 38
Views: 6546

Re: Langauge myths that persist on the Internet.

When used to have forums there was a topic on American vs British English. There were a couple posters who insisted that American English was fundamentally wrong because English evolved in England and it belonged to them, we American's where just screwing it up. I find that even among Am...
by abi
Mon 16 Jun 2014, 02:18
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Metal Thread
Replies: 293
Views: 41866

Re: Metal Thread

Anyone have any recommendations for more stuff like this? Wolfchant: Sonata Arctica: Helloween: Here's some miscellaneous metal for no one in particular: Xenomorph (de...
by abi
Fri 30 May 2014, 17:34
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Grammatical gender
Replies: 17
Views: 2750

Re: Grammatical gender

I've always found Australian noun class systems fascinating, as they combine gender and animacy in a wide variety of ways, with some languages being very clear cut and others and arbitrary as european languages. My personal favorite from Australian Languages : One of the most insightful discussions ...
by abi
Mon 12 May 2014, 01:55
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Razen Franca scratchpad
Replies: 8
Views: 1087

Re: Razen Franca scratchpad

Mkei radena.
Is there "nasal" assimilation for the Razen? [mk -> ŋk] If so would they get Mkei and Ngkei confused when listening to a human?