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by GrandPiano
Mon 22 Jan 2018, 00:19
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Linguistic pet peeves
Replies: 329
Views: 27155

Re: Linguistic pet peeves

One pet peeve of mine is when I get called a "Grammar Nazi". I've never been one to go around correcting other people's grammar, and it bothers me more that an interest in linguistics is reduced to simply being a stickler for grammar. It's true that I have a decent knowledge of grammatical standard...
by GrandPiano
Mon 22 Jan 2018, 00:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Noun apposition compounds in other languages
Replies: 14
Views: 443

Re: Noun apposition compounds in other languages

So the particle wa can have the meaning of "to", in the sense of "To me, that sounds crazy"? That's the impression I'm getting from the "Jigglypuff thinks Pokémon are cute" interpretation. Can one say "Watashi wa Busshu-san ga baka desu" for "I think Bush is a fool"? If I understand correctly, this...
by GrandPiano
Mon 04 Dec 2017, 02:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Last word you learned in a foreign language
Replies: 32
Views: 1014

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

:hkg: Cantonese 都 dou1 - all; also This word is different from Mandarin 都 dōu in that addition to the meaning of "all" that seems to be shared by both languages, the Cantonese word can also mean "also". (Mandarin dōu also has extended meanings of "even" and "already"; I would guess that Cantonese do...
by GrandPiano
Mon 04 Dec 2017, 02:35
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Reverse Sound Changes Game
Replies: 615
Views: 23653

Re: Reverse Sound Changes Game

[ˈkəʊ̯noɾɬɛzati] < [ˈkəʊ̯noɾ] + [ˈɬɛza] + [ti]
by GrandPiano
Mon 04 Dec 2017, 02:33
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sound Changes Game
Replies: 4834
Views: 165377

Re: Sound Changes Game

<genííng>

[ʒɜˈnəɪ̯nˀ˩˧] > [ʒnɐ̃ɪ̯ʔ˨˧]
by GrandPiano
Mon 04 Dec 2017, 02:33
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sound Changes Game
Replies: 4834
Views: 165377

Re: Sound Changes Game

<genííng>

[ʒɜˈnəɪ̯nˀ˩˧] > [ʒnɐ̃ɪ̯ʔ˨˧]
by GrandPiano
Mon 04 Dec 2017, 02:24
Forum: Translations
Topic: Believe in yourself
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: Believe in yourself

:esp: Spanish Cree en ti mismo. [ˈkɾe.e en ti ˈmismo] cre-e en ti mism-o-Ø believe-IMP.SG.FAM in 2SG.FAM.PREP same-M-SG Believe in yourself. ( mismo "same" here is analogous to the "self" in "yourself") Cree en el yo que cree en ti. (I think this is right) [ˈkɾe.e en el jo ke ˈkɾe.e en ti] cre-e en ...
by GrandPiano
Mon 04 Dec 2017, 02:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6314
Views: 388083

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

Well, you have auxillary inversion, but no object inversion in questions, does that count? I would do it. > Would I do it? I like beans. > *I beans like? Beans, I like. > *I beans like? I did think about this. One thing to consider is that the inversion is only between the subject and the auxiliary...
by GrandPiano
Sun 03 Dec 2017, 19:27
Forum: Translations
Topic: Do you want to go home?
Replies: 38
Views: 2613

Re: Do you want to go home?

:hkg: Cantonese (I think this is right) 你想唔想返屋企呀? Nei5 soeng2 m4 seong2 faan1 uk1kei2 aa3? [nei̯˩˧ sœŋ˧˥ m̩˨˩ sœŋ˧˥ faːn˥ ok̚˥kʰei̯˧˥ aː˧] (many speakers pronounce nei5 as lei5 [lei̯˩˧] and/or m4 as ng4 [ŋ̍˨˩]) 2[SG] want NEG want return home PTCL Do you want to go home? The particle 呀 aa3 is a comm...
by GrandPiano
Sun 03 Dec 2017, 18:51
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6314
Views: 388083

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

I think the assumptions you make about the object status are at least not uncontroversial. [stop killing me] being the object of a verb 'would' might be the least common one. I think your solution is as probable as just taking the verbal complex [would stop killing] as one complex verbal form. Whil...
by GrandPiano
Sun 03 Dec 2017, 18:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6314
Views: 388083

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

If English was OSV what would "I wish he would stop killing me" become? I wish me he would stop killing? He I wish would stop killing me? He I wish killing me would stop? My solution to this is simply to first figure out what the object of each verb is, then put each object before the corresponding...
by GrandPiano
Fri 01 Dec 2017, 04:10
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sound Changes Game
Replies: 4834
Views: 165377

Re: Sound Changes Game

<śöyö>

[ˈɥ̊eɥe] > [ˈɕøɥø]
by GrandPiano
Thu 30 Nov 2017, 22:16
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 444
Views: 32805

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Interesting how “lizi” can refer to three different edible things in Mandarin depending on the tone:

:chn: 梨子 lízi “pear”
:chn: 李子 lǐzi “plum”
:chn: 栗子 lìzi “chestnut”
by GrandPiano
Tue 28 Nov 2017, 05:18
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 19
Views: 889

Re: Surprising cognates

This might not be exactly what you were looking for, but I was pretty surprised to find out that Chinese languages had any cognates with European languages other than perhaps the word "China" dating back to any earlier than the past century or two. As it turns out, there are (possibly) at least two:...
by GrandPiano
Mon 27 Nov 2017, 05:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 19
Views: 889

Re: Surprising cognates

Ah, that makes sense, then.
by GrandPiano
Mon 27 Nov 2017, 05:33
Forum: Translations
Topic: Before I die...
Replies: 25
Views: 1453

Re: Before I die...

:jpn: Japanese 死ぬ前に、日本語をペラペラに話せるようになりたい! [ɕinɯ̟ᵝ máe ni | nihongo o peɾapeɾa ni hanasérɯ̟ᵝ jôː ni naɾitái] Shinu mae ni, nihongo o perapera ni hanaseru you ni naritai! shin-u mae ni | nihongo o perapera ni hanas-e-ru you ni nar-ita-i die-NPST.AFF front DAT | Japanese DO fluent ADV speak-POT-NPST.AFF...
by GrandPiano
Mon 27 Nov 2017, 05:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 19
Views: 889

Re: Surprising cognates

shimobaatar wrote:
Mon 27 Nov 2017, 02:09
:fra:
Are you saying that the French language as a whole is a surprising cognate, or was this simply a typo?
by GrandPiano
Mon 27 Nov 2017, 04:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 549
Views: 49114

Re: False cognates

Creyeditor wrote:
Sun 26 Nov 2017, 01:46
Mee: dookumita discovered
English: to document
The last part of the Mee word could be considered a false cognate of :jpn: 見た mita "saw".

In fact, the whole word looks very similar to :jpn: 遠く見た tooku mita "saw far away".
by GrandPiano
Fri 27 Oct 2017, 02:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Learning a New Language
Replies: 8
Views: 757

Re: Learning a New Language

It's also been interesting see how sounds have been borrowed as the Japanese phonology itself has changed, like how early on a lot of /h/ sounds were borrowed as /k/. Are you referring to things like 海 (Mandarin hǎi) being borrowed into Japanese as kai? If so, it’s very likely that the initial cons...
by GrandPiano
Fri 27 Oct 2017, 02:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 549
Views: 49114

Re: False cognates

:jpn: Classical Japanese 恋ふ *kopu (reconstructed pronunciation) "to love"
:eng: copulate