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by Adarain
Fri 15 Sep 2017, 15:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2657
Views: 140837

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: 39984

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: 39984

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: 808
Views: 24615

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: 808
Views: 24615

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: 609

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: 6221
Views: 363694

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: 6221
Views: 363694

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: 399105

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: 6221
Views: 363694

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: 6221
Views: 363694

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...
by Adarain
Tue 18 Jul 2017, 13:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6221
Views: 363694

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...
by Adarain
Tue 18 Jul 2017, 00:59
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 399105

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

I emailed the LCC offering to help organise it and host it in Cambridge (university) as we have many spaces appropriate for conferences. Alas, they never replied to me. I would offer again, but I'll have left before the next conference is organised (unless they're keen to have 2 this year). Maybe I...
by Adarain
Mon 17 Jul 2017, 21:15
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 399105

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

Will any of you be at the 7th LCC? I don't know what I'd do there, anyway, if the presentations are going to be put online again. Well, first of all, it’s completely different to actually seing the presentation irl. I’ve tried watching the older LCCs (I was at 6) and just couldn’t. Bad quality reco...
by Adarain
Mon 17 Jul 2017, 21:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6221
Views: 363694

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

What alignment is rarest in natlangs? This question has the false premise of assuming there to be a finite number of alignments. Basically all languages are either purely nom/acc or show some kind of split system (bear in mind however that many languages we consider to be purely accusative are actu...
by Adarain
Mon 17 Jul 2017, 16:52
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 399105

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

Creyeditor wrote:Will any of you be at the 7th LCC?
Can’t come, for one because it’s a bit far away, and secondly because I’m already on vacation with other conlangers (from our discord server) at that time!
by Adarain
Mon 17 Jul 2017, 15:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2657
Views: 140837

Re: Yay or Nay?

Wow, this is a really beautiful phone inventory. It is beautiful on its own, but clicks would also really fit it, because you already have a contrast in aspiration/voicing and also affricates. So I would say, yes add clicks. Be sure to connect the MOAs to the other consonants though, so voiceless n...
by Adarain
Mon 17 Jul 2017, 14:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2657
Views: 140837

Re: Yay or Nay?

Back in ye olden days, I had a plan for Mesak to have a substrate language/civilization, and said language would have clicks. However, I’ve since repurposed Semụr as said substrate. Do I add clicks to its phonology? This is the phone inventory, where parentheses are allophonic only: http://i.imgur.c...
by Adarain
Sun 16 Jul 2017, 11:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What have you been reading lately?
Replies: 48
Views: 3655

Re: What are you reading? or What have you been reading?

Lately I've been filling my literary gap that is Pratchett. I've read eight of his books now. Now it's time to go back to some heavier reading with The Languages of Native North America.
by Adarain
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 14:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13252
Views: 612950

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

Pretty sure he actually wanted to know if any languages fused subject and object pronouns into a single pronoun, because that's what he asked. I believe the answer is 'yes', but can't prove it. Just though I'd go back to this with some kinda obvious examples I missed Italian does it but only with t...