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by gach
Tue 19 Jun 2018, 21:04
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 3655

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: 3655

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: 13857
Views: 849315

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: 13857
Views: 849315

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: 3982

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: 3982

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: 2376
Views: 164097

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: 1208

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: 1208

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: 6618
Views: 515550

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: 2168

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...
by gach
Fri 22 Dec 2017, 18:06
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Help with Topic & Focus
Replies: 12
Views: 2168

Re: Help with Topic & Focus

Naturally, if we're not talking about a strongly topic-prominent language, and this is just a matter of fronting, then this sort of construction should be fine, I think. Yeah, I'm arguably talking about information structure in languages in general. In most languages topic is mostly a mental label ...
by gach
Fri 22 Dec 2017, 05:03
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Help with Topic & Focus
Replies: 12
Views: 2168

Re: Help with Topic & Focus

If your language explicitly recognizes topics as a grammatical element, I.e. it is a topic-prominent language, then VSO would only work if you allow the topic to come before the verb in order to ensure the topic and comment are sequential rather than nested, since having the topic nested within the...
by gach
Fri 22 Dec 2017, 00:19
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Help with Topic & Focus
Replies: 12
Views: 2168

Re: Help with Topic & Focus

Topic refers to the old shared information and functions as a reference point in the sentence so that the new information is given in respect to it. It's pretty common amongst languages that this old information appears quite early in the sentence and is followed by most of the new information. Intu...
by gach
Wed 13 Dec 2017, 22:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13857
Views: 849315

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

As far as I know, at least, that's a tiny minority. Nobody would travel to the Himalayas to document some language isolate spoken by five people or something like that and then publish all their research for free. I have to disagree on that. As a researcher you aren't going to see any of the money ...
by gach
Wed 13 Dec 2017, 01:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13857
Views: 849315

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

...but really, the bigger thing that annoys me is that linguistic research and other scientific stuff is not published for free for everyone to read online. This is an issue that bothers working scientists as well. Even if you are working at an institute that has a decent library and subscriptions ...
by gach
Tue 12 Dec 2017, 23:54
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 105690

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Of course, today we got some fairly heavy snowfall, then. However, it did start melting immediately afterwards, so now everything is pitch black, soaking wet and covered in slush. #visithelsinki Sounds lovely. Fingers crossed for Christmas when I'm coming over. Before that I'm going to spend one an...
by gach
Sun 19 Nov 2017, 14:43
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1374
Views: 105690

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

But then there's also weird things like there's now a weird blank space between the home icon and the address bar for reasons I cannot fathom, and all your history, bookmarks, etc. come under this single library icon. On the subject of Firefox, you should still be able to toggle the old fashioned m...
by gach
Wed 15 Nov 2017, 11:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2850
Views: 204124

Re: Yay or Nay?

For example, taking the verb "callar" /ˈkʰalːər/ to call : ég callar > callar "I call" tú callar > challar /ˈxalːər/ "You call" hann/hun callar > gcallar /ˈgalːər/ "He/She calls" and so on. Depends very much on the "and so on" bit. If you can make all the key person/number distinctions by the means...
by gach
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 20:50
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 699
Views: 95582

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Flat 2D themes have been in fashion for some time now but for once it's a fashion that I can fully get behind (writing as someone who's been using flat themes on my computers for several years). I think that they remove a lot of the visual clutter that a generous use of shading and glossy icons can ...