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by Adarain
Sat 20 Jan 2018, 12:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 10877
Views: 546886

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Picking up the mess that is my conlang after a few months hiatus. Put all my lexicon into a Dictionary made in LaTex, surprisingly easy, once you know how to do it that is. https://i.imgur.com/nE85JT3.png I would really suggest you fiddle with those paragraphs a bit. Making the par-indent go away w...
by Adarain
Fri 19 Jan 2018, 15:49
Forum: Translations
Topic: Wants and needs
Replies: 53
Views: 6363

Re: Wants and needs

:che: Swiss German

I brucha Geld.
[i 'pɾuːxɐ 'g̊ɛlt]
1s need-1s money
“I need money”

I wett Geld ha.
[i 'ʋetː 'g̊ɛlt haː]
1s want.1s money have.INF
“I want to have money”

Miar fehlt’s an Geld.
[mɪɐɾ fɛːlts ɐn 'g̊ɛlt]
1s.DAT lack.3s-3sn at money
“I lack money”
by Adarain
Sat 13 Jan 2018, 10:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4776
Views: 324649

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

DesEsseintes wrote:
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 14:31
/m n/
/t k ʔ/
/h/
/r w/

/a i/

Circumflexes should feature somehow.
Obviously /k ʔ/ ⟨k k̂⟩ ← that’s a combining diacritic, this forum’s font is bad.
by Adarain
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 20:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak

I really like your way of presentation.I have a question though. What is the pragmatic effect of your antipassive? Is it used for indefinite objects and things like that? This might have a bearing on your problem, IINM. Its main use is simply to feed the pivot, or to allow omission of the direct ob...
by Adarain
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 18:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak

Yes, I know I have a thread somewhere on here that already has some Mesak stuff in it. But iirc it also has things on Naksult’ and UPK in there, which no longer are part of the same conworld, and it’s such an old thread that it’s probably full of misinformation anyway. So I’m just making a new one. ...
by Adarain
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 17:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?
Replies: 36
Views: 2619

Re: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?

I used to have that problem; now I kinda have the opposite where I never feel like working on new stuff (even though it would be interesting) and would rather just go back and add details to Mesak and its world.
by Adarain
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 11:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 980
Views: 35178

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I guess I need me an avatar as well, huh. Shouldn’t be too hard to get my usual avatar ported over to here. I’ve also not been here for a while; decided yesterday to check out what’s changed here — a lot, just looking at how the forum looks now. Not so happy my beloved “unread posts” button is hidde...
by Adarain
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 11:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2701
Views: 150532

Re: Yay or Nay?

1) Marked absolutive is extremely rare to the point where it was for a long time believed to be virtually impossible. It doesn’t seem to bring with it any advantages either. Also bear in mind that there is a difference between a true marked absolutive (which makes ergative the default case and there...
by Adarain
Wed 10 Jan 2018, 14:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 19
Views: 809

Re: Surprising cognates

:che: kheia “to fall” as well as :lux: geheien “to throw” are cognate with :nld: huwen “to marry”, from *hīwijaną “to marry”. No cognate in Standard German that I am aware of, and the English cognates have also fallen out of use. This comes from a sequence of pretty wild semantic shifts that can be ...
by Adarain
Fri 15 Sep 2017, 15:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2701
Views: 150532

Re: Yay or Nay?

Alright, I have a somewhat difficult decision to make: I feel the need to change a feature of Mesak that has been established since essentially day 1. As such I would like to ask for some feedback. Right now, Mesak’s ergative case is directly derived from the absolutive case via a possessive constru...
by Adarain
Tue 08 Aug 2017, 23:09
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 355
Views: 42125

Re: Jokes

qwed117 wrote:
Adarain wrote:
Egerius wrote: ba-dum-tsss...
:yout: Two Drums and a Cymbal Fall off a Cliff

Really? That emoticon showed properly in the preview…
Does this work better?
Yes it does but then the :yout: isn’t a link anymore; either way the interesting bit was that the preview showed it as working.
by Adarain
Tue 08 Aug 2017, 12:04
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 355
Views: 42125

Re: Jokes

Egerius wrote: ba-dum-tsss...
:yout: Two Drums and a Cymbal Fall off a Cliff

Really? That emoticon showed properly in the preview…
by Adarain
Sun 06 Aug 2017, 12:56
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 980
Views: 35178

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

[Morrowind love confession] One more thing I love in the gameplay part that you didn’t mention. Remember Oblivion’s quest characters that you couldn’t kill cause they were important? Morrowind has none of that. Normal quest characters just die and you’re none the wiser; characters important to the ...
by Adarain
Sat 29 Jul 2017, 12:57
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 980
Views: 35178

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Trains are nicer but not a practical option when you have to cross over half of Europe. In the north of Europe we also have the Baltic Sea which means that when you travel from one country to another, you are much of the time also crossing the sea. Thus your travel options are then either flying or...
by Adarain
Wed 19 Jul 2017, 13:32
Forum: Translations
Topic: Ape Shall Not Kill Ape
Replies: 17
Views: 740

Re: Ape Shall Not Kill Ape

:con: Semụr Le fenlèhn ụdîl ọle fenlèhn lenǂgộr. [lɛ fɛnˈlɛ̀n̥ ɯˈdîl ʌlɛ fɛnˈlɛ̀n̥ lɛŋ͡ǂʌ̂ɾ] (just noticed my stress placement is wrong. Oh well.) ∅-∅-le fenlèhn udîl V-∅-le fenlèhn le-nǂgộr NOM-COLL-ANI person(ANI) TR.NEG.IMP.PRS.PRO ACC-COLL-ANI person(ANI) ANI-kill Apes must not kill apes or Apes...
by Adarain
Tue 18 Jul 2017, 21:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6314
Views: 386904

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

I reckon this is the first comment I’ve got about that quote, and I’m pretty sure I’ve had it in my signature either since I’ve joined the CBB or since shortly thereafter. It’s definitely my favourite stanza(?) from the Hávamǫ́l.
by Adarain
Tue 18 Jul 2017, 19:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6314
Views: 386904

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

In Ergativity, Dixon makes a little summary list of all split systems known to exist which split based on animacy/topic-worthiness. There are example languages given to each system, but no example sentences sadly. All systems follow the rule that for more animate NPs you find accusative marking, and...
by Adarain
Tue 18 Jul 2017, 18:37
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 421048

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

On another note, what's the 'discord server'? It’s a chatroom, comparable to IRC or Skype, but with all that fancy modern technology like different channels, roles you can give to people to allow them to see hidden channels/give them administrative power etc… works nicely in browser or as a standal...
by Adarain
Tue 18 Jul 2017, 18:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6314
Views: 386904

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

I'd be curious to know the answer to that question too. Outside of IE, I mean. No IE languages distinguish nom/acc in the neuter that I know of (Adarain is right about Hittite, where neuters take on ergative alignment--not sure about the other Anatolian languages). But what about outside of IE? Is ...
by Adarain
Tue 18 Jul 2017, 15:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6314
Views: 386904

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

For example all western IE languages I’m aware of do not distinguish nominative and accusative in the neuters. Which (if any) languages possessing masculine, feminine, and neuter genders also morphologically distinguish--usually or always--accusative from nominative? Germanic languages. Except in t...