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by Shemtov
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 20:16
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Sprachbund Theory
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Re: Sprachbund Theory

Damn, I missed this . Since I personally have a strictly scientific view on historical linguistics, I'm guessing this conversation might be pretty much doomed from the start. [:S] As I said to you in PM, aside from one family (or phylum) mentioned in that thread, I too have a strictly scientific vi...
by Shemtov
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 18:53
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How would you redesign IPA?
Replies: 6
Views: 80

Re: How would you redesign IPA?

Change the way coronal affricates are represented to single letter, mostly based on Americanist transcription- /t͡s d͡z t͡ɬ d͡ɮ t͡ʃ d͡ʒ/ would be /c ⴛ* ƛ λ č ǰ/. *From Nuskhuri Dzili This would require a change in /c/- /ᶄ/ or /ḱ/ If there is a language attested anywhere that has /t͡ʃ̩ d͡ʒ̩ c̩/ or ne...
by Shemtov
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 05:15
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: My view of linguistics
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: My view of linguistics

Salmoneus wrote:
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 02:58
I think the important thing to note here is that none of this is true.
I only posted it so people would understand why I tend not to talk about Diachronic Semitic or Afroasiatic, or why I refer to Afroasiatic as "So-called Afroasiatic".
by Shemtov
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 05:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: 'ohtęk'r̄tṛm'm̄tłeš Scratchpad
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: 'ohtęk'r̄tṛm'm̄tłeš Scratchpad

Noun Incorparation can be used in the following cases. Only one noun can be incorparated: A. Instrument: Nā'qatił'sūŕko cułtana Nā'-qatił-sūŕ-ko cułta-na PST-kill-stone-2P.3P ferret-1P "Thy killed my ferret with a stone" B. The point of motion that is marked by the directional slot. tęk'r̄tṛm'm̄tłeš...
by Shemtov
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 01:13
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: My view of linguistics
Replies: 6
Views: 206

My view of linguistics

I understand if this post gets deleted, as it's heavily Religion based, but I think my view needs explanation for further interaction with me. I am an Orthodox Jew, and I believe in Babel text as the word of G-d. However, this is a very different view then the Christian one. Basically, pre-Babel, th...
by Shemtov
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 00:53
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 478
Views: 35443

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Orthographically similar: :eng: N*gger; Niger. that's a good one..... It fooled me for a long time because it seems obvious and there are a cluster of other nations named after the dark skin of their inhabitants... see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_the_blacks . How about this one ? The is...
by Shemtov
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 19:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 564
Views: 51538

Re: False cognates

:us-pa: Lenepe /ni/ :jpn: ニ /に /ni/ "Two"
by Shemtov
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 04:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Sáhötan'ővan
Replies: 16
Views: 506

Re: Sáhötan'ővan

Oblique nouns: Nouns have no case, the utterance following a strict SVO order. However, nouns that are neither subject or direct object are called Oblique nouns, and take oblique particles before them. Dative or benefactive: Né: Ve 'o'ihatava 'an ré'ah né 'avi'avi 'óva "I gave my wives ambergris" Ve...
by Shemtov
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 00:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6355
Views: 401323

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

Ahzoh wrote:
Sun 11 Feb 2018, 04:35
I'm wondering how Proto-Afroasiatic *suʔa eventually became Akkadian šū and Ge'ez wəʔətu.
Why are you asking this from a Proto-Afroasiatic and not a Proto-Semitic standpoint? Both of them are in the Semetic branch.
by Shemtov
Sun 11 Feb 2018, 05:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Sáhötan'ővan
Replies: 16
Views: 506

Re: Sáhötan'ővan

Sáhötan'ővan has two demonstratives that do not inflect for number (though, as we shall soon see, Masculine speech uses the MWs to mark plural). The proximal is <Hahá> and the distal is <Hanhé>. In feminine speech these do not mark any change for number: Hahá vö 'otő'a "This is the Chief" Hanhé 'an ...
by Shemtov
Sun 11 Feb 2018, 02:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 26
Views: 1228

Re: Surprising cognates

:eng: Blue, Black, Blank, Flame, Blink, :deu: Bleich "Pale" :fra: Blanc :esp: Blanco et. al. "White" :grc: φλόξ /pʰloks/ "Flame" :fra: Flou :esp: :ita: :por: Flavo "yellow" :rus: белый /bʲelɨj/ :pol: biały et. al. "Blue" :ind: (Sanskrit) भर्ग /bʱarga/ "Splendor". All from PIE *bʰel "flash; brightness"
by Shemtov
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 20:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Sáhötan'ővan
Replies: 16
Views: 506

Re: Sáhötan'ővan

Subordinate clauses diffrentiate between if the first clause's subject is diferent from the second. If they are different, the particle <mé> is put between them: Vö tó'a 'oni'onvita, mé 'an 'avi'avi 'oni'óvisa tá "The chief thought some women insulted him" If they are the same, the second clause doe...
by Shemtov
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 20:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6355
Views: 401323

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

This is a more specific question, for one language, so it may not belong here, but would an :ara: speaker ever use "La' Inshallah" to mean "May it not be so"? I don’t think this is usual. Usually it’s حاش الله which means something like ‘May God prevent it’. I was wondering about this song, which i...
by Shemtov
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 18:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6355
Views: 401323

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

This is a more specific question, for one language, so it may not belong here, but would an :ara: speaker ever use "La' Inshallah" to mean "May it not be so"?
by Shemtov
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 18:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 478
Views: 35443

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Orthographically similar: :eng: N*gger; Niger. that's a good one..... It fooled me for a long time because it seems obvious and there are a cluster of other nations named after the dark skin of their inhabitants... see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_the_blacks . That Wiki article says that...
by Shemtov
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 16:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 26
Views: 1228

Re: Surprising cognates

:eng: N*gger; (Film) Noir, both from Latin <niger>. If you believe the putative theory that the Latin is from some weird reflex of PIE *nókʷts, then we can include :eng: "Night" and all of its IE cognates.
by Shemtov
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 16:52
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 478
Views: 35443

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Orthographically similar:
:eng: N*gger; Niger.
I mean, the latter is a country inhabited by Black People, the former is the worst slur one can use for that ethnic group, and they're one letter off? That's messed up.
by Shemtov
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 05:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Sáhötan'ővan
Replies: 16
Views: 506

Re: Sáhötan'ővan

Derivational morphology: Verbs can be nomanalized with the the suffix -ti'. This has two meanings, depending on whether the verb is transitive- where it is like the English suffix -er- or intransitive- where it means "The one who underwent VERB X": Háta'áti' "The dead" Hota'á'anti' "Murderer" 'ahónt...
by Shemtov
Thu 08 Feb 2018, 02:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 26
Views: 1228

Re: Surprising cognates

:eng: Christ, Grime. Both from PIE *gʰrēy "to smear".
by Shemtov
Thu 08 Feb 2018, 02:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 564
Views: 51538

Re: False cognates

Ancient Greek κάρμα 'cream skimmed off' (also 'wool shorn off') ~ Finnish kerma 'cream' I would add :eng: Cream to that, as it goes back to PIE *(s)krama- while κάρμα goes to *(s)ker, though it is possible that there was a (pre?)-PIE root *(s)kr that took null-grade and an affix *ama on one hand an...