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by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 07 May 2017, 02:31
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Does my grammar make sense?
Replies: 23
Views: 3805

Re: Does my grammar make sense?

Maybe not at the phonemic level, but I can imagine a language with /β̞/ vs /ɰ/ contrast and anticipatory assimilation to the following vowel, contrasting e.g. /β̞u/ [ɰβʷu] and /ɰu/ [ɰʷu].

(Depending how common each of the phonemes is, it can end with a merger or not.)
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 07 May 2017, 02:19
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Diagram "Two plus two equals four"?
Replies: 27
Views: 3942

Re: Diagram "Two plus two equals four"?

Does it have a counterpart in English, though?
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 07 May 2017, 00:55
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Diagram "Two plus two equals four"?
Replies: 27
Views: 3942

Re: Diagram "Two plus two equals four"?

I'd say that “two plus two equals four” is a transcription of a methematical formula “2+2=4” and, as such, this type of diagrams isn't designed to deal with that. “plus” looks like a conjunction because infix operators tend to look like conjunctions. (In general, they have a similar role.) But then,...
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 07 May 2017, 00:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 624
Views: 66572

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

All4Ɇn wrote::ita: cieco "blind" and ceco "czech"
Both sound exactly the same in all 4 adjective forms as well as their nominalizations
I thought the former would have an extra onglide.
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 07 May 2017, 00:22
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Does my grammar make sense?
Replies: 23
Views: 3805

Re: Does my grammar make sense?

Define more accurate. More accurate in the sense that /w/ is more labial than it is velar articulation-wise. I mean it's the approximant equivalent to [k͡p]. You could call it a labialized velar approximant [ɰʷ] or a velarized labial approximant [β̞ˠ]. Whether you classify the phoneme as anything i...
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 07 May 2017, 00:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11128
Views: 706861

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Egerius wrote:That's why I do backups every now and then.
I have a different method of dealing with hardware failures: I never create anything I'd regret losing.
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 07 May 2017, 00:08
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 522226

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

Happy (belated) Ed Balls Day!
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 02 Oct 2016, 20:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Gender ideology in languages
Replies: 46
Views: 4227

Re: Gender ideology in languages

Ahzoh wrote:
Ear of the Sphinx wrote:
If gender is completely fake, where do transgenders relate in that?
I don't know.
If your username is completely fake, why do you use that instead of a random string of characters?
Non sequitur.
Bingo!
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 02 Oct 2016, 19:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Gender ideology in languages
Replies: 46
Views: 4227

Re: Gender ideology in languages

In Swedish, the natural third-person pronouns are 'han' (he) and 'hon' (she). They invented the pronoun 'hen' to disregard the gender. 'hen' is used when the gender is unknown and it is often used for homosexuals. It is also used for children, because they have not chosen their gender. So, if the P...
by Ear of the Sphinx
Wed 28 Sep 2016, 18:17
Forum: Translations
Topic: I am king of kings
Replies: 75
Views: 10706

Re: I am king of kings

Konungr wrote:Wołaska

Jem ksiądz księdzu.
[jɛm kʲɕɔn̪t̪͡s̪ ˈkʲɕɛn̪d̪͡z̪u]
be.1SG-PRS king king.PL-GEN
I am the king of kings.
You have just commited a plagiarism. The Polish Language Council will soon hunt you down.
by Ear of the Sphinx
Thu 22 Sep 2016, 10:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11128
Views: 706861

Re: What did you accomplish today?

J_from_Holland wrote:I made this thing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzmi6v0Ukh0
I didn't know you're Indian…
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sat 27 Aug 2016, 21:42
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 522226

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

Is this you, Kiwikami? https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3058756/1/what-have-we-created ...It is not. Though I recognize and appreciate the metaphor in the summary, a metaphor with which I am of course familiar, for it captures that inescapable duality of man: the duality of popular musical instrument...
by Ear of the Sphinx
Fri 19 Aug 2016, 19:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Most hated conlang
Replies: 136
Views: 10825

Re: Most hated conlang

Esperanto is hated because it's so popular it distorts the general public's view of constructed languages. I seriously doubt the general public knows enough about Esperanto to care about it, let alone hate it. I'm not saying general public cares about or hates Esperanto*. I'm saying Esperanto is on...
by Ear of the Sphinx
Fri 19 Aug 2016, 15:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Most hated conlang
Replies: 136
Views: 10825

Re: Most hated conlang

Those are quite good points that I've never really considered. I guess it's fair to say that Esperanto was a good attempt for the time it was created, but (imo) has no right to still be considered one in modern times, the only reason it's popular is because it already is - if someone made it now, i...
by Ear of the Sphinx
Fri 19 Aug 2016, 15:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6618
Views: 514276

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

Aleks wrote:Why is it that English has the /eɪ/ diphtong yet we have the /ɛ/ vowel and not /e/?
Matter of the analysis. You can analyze /ɛ eɪ/ as /ɛ ɛj/ if it makes more sense to you.
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 14 Aug 2016, 21:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang Conversation Thread
Replies: 8388
Views: 641375

Re: Conlang Conversation Thread

Mesenôngessi sîssûrebuê, mu melîavvesinî etesendê sîssûregetyû sesîdê.
I have invented a new language, but I am too tired to create a new thread about it.
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 14 Aug 2016, 17:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13848
Views: 847048

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

English. [ɕ] (if I'm not mistaken) is like that in "shield" and "shard" so it's easy. As far as I know, [ɬ] isn't even in English, or my dialect (RP with a bit of South West) of English. No English accent that I know of uses [ɕ] for /ʃ/. In fact, speaking of Japanese, using [ʃ] for /ɕ/ in Japanese ...
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 14 Aug 2016, 17:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6618
Views: 514276

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

Adarain wrote:
Isfendil wrote: What is ithkuil?
A conlang made by John Quijada with the design goal to be as semantically accurate as possible, to the point of ridiculousness. http://ithkuil.net/
Sadly, Ithkuil has been taken over by a bunch of post-Soviet crackpots.
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sun 14 Aug 2016, 16:46
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 624
Views: 66572

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

:bul: горелка means "gas burner", and its Ukrainian cognate горілка (formerly spelled горѣлка IIRC) and :pol: gorzełka means "distilled liquor". :rus: горелка means "gas burner" and used as a synonym for vodka in Southern Russia and Ukraine. A nitpick: it's :pol: gorzałka , not gorzełka. (Also, it'...
by Ear of the Sphinx
Sat 28 Nov 2015, 07:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Engelangs
Replies: 27
Views: 2121

Re: Engelangs

Seriously? Do you seriously think you're so wonderful and adored in this community that you're in a position to make topics shitting on other people's work because you're so much better than them? Is that your sense of how the internet works? Newbie comes along, posts twenty posts a day asking ques...