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by gach
Fri 19 Oct 2018, 12:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2876
Views: 225099

Re: Yay or Nay?

β > f is pretty rare and strange though. You can impose general devoicing of fricatives, though, in which case the change works nicely. Voicing distinction is anyway less common on fricatives than on stops (https://wals.info/feature/4A#2/19.3/152.9), so loosing voicing on fricatives is not out of q...
by gach
Tue 16 Oct 2018, 18:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14168
Views: 938855

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

What's the boundary between polysynthetic and highly agglutinative? Like, when does a language start being polysynthetic? As you can see from the other responses, there isn't a satisfactorily clear-cut definition for what polysynthesis should mean. The usage of the term circles around high morpholo...
by gach
Tue 09 Oct 2018, 13:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2876
Views: 225099

Re: Yay or Nay?

Since pː → pʰ is attested, how likely is the opposite pʰ → pː in an intervocalic environment? Both [pʰ] and [pː] could be viewed as fortis realizations of [p]. Yea or Nay on making them interchangeable intervocalically such that: p pʰ → f p \ V_V Maybe, though I'd like to see real world examples of...
by gach
Thu 27 Sep 2018, 17:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6731
Views: 568536

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

Does anyone know anything about phenomena similar to consonant gradation in non-Uralic languages? At least Central Alaskan Yupik has rhythmic lengthening of vowels which triggers consonant gemination under certain conditions. It's not quite consonant gradation but it plays with similar underlying p...
by gach
Wed 19 Sep 2018, 16:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 5043
Views: 479802

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

I do really like this, but it goes against many of my ideas for Limestone. It’s certainly not meant to have fifteen * consonant phonemes... I guess I’ll keep the fricative inventory at the back of my head until I think of another language to use it in. It's certainly a different style but at the sa...
by gach
Tue 11 Sep 2018, 10:44
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The constants e and π in linguistics
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: The constants e and π in linguistics

To make this more rigorous, you certainly need a comparison with the amount of languages where the number of values that these grammatical features get is a whole number below e. For instance, how common are three gender systems when compared to two gender systems or the lack of gender (i.e. "one ge...
by gach
Mon 10 Sep 2018, 16:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11183
Views: 767204

Re: What did you accomplish today?

A possible gradation system for Limestone? p x w ps xs y pł xł r px x(x) w t s r/y ts s(s) ry tł ł r tsx sx rw k x w ks xs y kł xł r kx x(x) w What sound changes in what contexts cause them? The general idea is to do something vaguely Finnish albeit not as thoroughgoing. Most stems would only show ...
by gach
Wed 22 Aug 2018, 22:40
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 706
Views: 121113

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

It's so funny that I can tell *exactly* what you're talking about. Timecube? Haven't actually received any of his, it's just that the same format is used by other people as well. Back in 2012 I received a long email from someone who claimed to have build a concise model of particle physics fully ba...
by gach
Wed 22 Aug 2018, 17:58
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 706
Views: 121113

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

It's 2018, and we still don't have a social media site that allows one to customise one's own font family, font size, font colour or even background picture. I'd be more interested otherwise. When you work in the field of physical sciences, you tend to get the occasional crackpot spam from enthusia...
by gach
Tue 19 Jun 2018, 21:04
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 5105

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]

In my opinion, if a reader approaches 2nd person more interested in fighting back, then maybe the problem lies not with the author or the writing but with the reader's lousy attitude! The whole point is to be immersed, to participate in the action. Like an actor getting into character, the reader o...
by gach
Tue 19 Jun 2018, 17:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 5105

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]

Me I think if a good character writer simply ignored that (perceived?) stigma of insulting the reader, 2nd person could be a very powerful and immersive technique. Is there such a stigma? My thinking is that whether or not you'd take reading a 2nd person narrative as insulting, the major issue is t...
by gach
Mon 18 Jun 2018, 22:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14168
Views: 938855

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

I was always interested in whether Telefol had anything like an answer to "what is left pinky added to right ear?" or if the system is literally only used for counting, and any addition and subtraction starts from a point that the counter has reached, e.g. they can count to "right elbow", then when...
by gach
Mon 18 Jun 2018, 21:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14168
Views: 938855

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

Is a base-seven numerical system unnauturalistic? If so, what can I do to it? Unnaturalistic? Well, it has been put forth that the proto-lang of the Ob-Ugrian languages may have used a septimal numeral system. Q.V. Jadranka Gvozdanovic, edit. , Number Types and Changes Worldwide László Honty, "The ...
by gach
Tue 29 May 2018, 20:05
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How would you redesign IPA?
Replies: 30
Views: 5110

Re: How would you redesign IPA?

How acoustically and articulatorily different is the Gimi 'voiced glottal stop' from the Finnish realization of the syllable boundary in minimal pairs like /hæ.æt/ "carbon monoxides" vs. /hæ:t/ "wedding", /va:.an/ "of the scale" vs. /va:n/ "however" vs. /va.an/ "venerable.GEN". I have little idea s...
by gach
Wed 09 May 2018, 15:21
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How would you redesign IPA?
Replies: 30
Views: 5110

Re: How would you redesign IPA?

symbol for the 'glottal pulse' (Gimi, Finnish)... What is the glottal pulse? In Gimi there's a creaky voiced glottal approximant developed from earlier /g/ that acts functionally as a "voiced glottal stop". In Finnish is could refer to the word final phonemic glottal stop that's most notable when i...
by gach
Fri 26 Jan 2018, 23:38
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2383
Views: 181079

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

:yout: Pekka Pohjola ~ The Consequences of Head Bending

Having had a bit of a Pekka Pohjola period over the last few weeks.
by gach
Sun 14 Jan 2018, 20:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Spanish Por Para issue. Help!
Replies: 10
Views: 1465

Re: Spanish Por Para issue. Help!

Quirky case and the like are still rule-governed . And, of course, it never was about that but instead about what we understand the term "case" to stand for. We've given here just some documented examples of situations where the syntactic and morphological case categories don't exactly coincide and...
by gach
Sun 14 Jan 2018, 17:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Spanish Por Para issue. Help!
Replies: 10
Views: 1465

Re: Spanish Por Para issue. Help!

Oh, sorry, I meant 'syntactic' in a sense that included the syntax of bound morphemes - the sense in which case usage occurs in 'syntax' chapters, while 'morphology' chapters just have the, you know, mechanics of word alteration, as it were. The point is that the categories of syntactic function ar...
by gach
Thu 04 Jan 2018, 15:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6731
Views: 568536

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

The Finnish standard is also to default to the double quotes and for some reason that's beyond me to use the left curving ones as both the opening and closing quotes. The only guide I can give is to follow house style whenever that's imposed on you and otherwise do whatever looks best. If you are us...
by gach
Fri 22 Dec 2017, 21:28
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Help with Topic & Focus
Replies: 12
Views: 2712

Re: Help with Topic & Focus

What does a "regular focus position" mean? Wouldn't that be just the basic word order? If I go by your idea, then for this "unmarked" sentence: ludj cesu liimii. eat.IMPF.3SG bird.NOM fish-SG.ACC The bird is eating the fish. Is the focus here on "bird" or on "eating"? (Predicate-focus or argument-f...