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by LinguistCat
Thu 16 Aug 2018, 18:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: ItsOkayToBeSmart posts a video treating linguistics as a real science!
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: ItsOkayToBeSmart posts a video treating linguistics as a real science!

I enjoyed that video. ItsOkayToBeSmart is a pretty good channel overall though.
by LinguistCat
Tue 24 Jul 2018, 01:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?
Replies: 15
Views: 551

Re: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?

At least for one of my conworlds, things might have spirits without being what we would call alive. But they might not be the same as a soul depending on what definition of "soul" you mean. The spiritual element of a human? Obviously not. The spiritual portion of any object or entity? Obviously yes....
by LinguistCat
Tue 24 Jul 2018, 01:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: asking again on Old Japanese/Proto-Japonic resources
Replies: 11
Views: 1980

Re: asking again on Old Japanese/Proto-Japonic resources

I know this thread is a bit old now, but have you read Bjarke Frellesvig's A History of the Japanese Language ? It has a little bit of everything in it from Proto-Japanese up to modern times. Here's a link to download the pdf, but if you want it more directly I can try to do that for you. http://ge...
by LinguistCat
Sat 21 Jul 2018, 23:58
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Dealing with Conlanger's Block
Replies: 23
Views: 914

Re: Dealing with Conlanger's Block

I also have conlangers bloc. It arises out of decision paralysis. In my Mannish I cannot decide whether or not to include initial mutations, how to work them into the language, how the grammar is affected and so on, and then I get annoyed that I deviated from my original goal of a conservative Norw...
by LinguistCat
Sat 21 Jul 2018, 03:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11128
Views: 709599

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Decided that for a certain vowel drop, I'd be more ok with dropping a pitch accented syllable and do something with the tone on the previous syllable than to drop the first syllable of a word, if something would be dropped and those are the only options. (Though if both, then nothing drops.) Should ...
by LinguistCat
Fri 13 Jul 2018, 03:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introducing /θ/ and /ð/ to languages with neither
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: Introducing /θ/ and /ð/ to languages with neither

Thanks, this already helps a lot. [:D]
by LinguistCat
Thu 12 Jul 2018, 23:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introducing /θ/ and /ð/ to languages with neither
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Introducing /θ/ and /ð/ to languages with neither

I know that both /θ/ and /ð/ are rare cross-linguistically. I also know some common ways they derive from other sounds, as well as that they tend to be unstable often becoming /f/ or /s/ and /v/ or /z/ depending on voicing. But I have some specific questions regarding these sounds. 1. If "plain" ora...
by LinguistCat
Mon 09 Jul 2018, 09:14
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Music in my con world, how about yours?
Replies: 16
Views: 800

Re: Music in my con world, how about yours?

If kaibyou have their own music, it would be heavily influenced by Japanese music traditions, (and indirectly by cultures that Japan borrowed from). Imagine like, Japanese folk and court music, but made for cats. Otherwise they primarily listen to various styles of Japanese music (and again, music f...
by LinguistCat
Sun 08 Jul 2018, 21:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds
Replies: 126
Views: 3753

Re: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds

Is it true that in most RL natreligions, if they have a Creator Deity, that is significantly likelier to be masculine than feminine? Why would you even imagine that it would be!? To give a few data points: - in Catholicism, the deity has no sex, and is considered to have both male and female charac...
by LinguistCat
Fri 06 Jul 2018, 19:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Simplifying in langs derived from irl languages?
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Simplifying in langs derived from irl languages?

When making a bogolang/deriving a conlang from an existing language, does it feel like cheating in a sense to simplify something complex for the sake of making things easier on yourself? (Assuming the information to be "correct" is available.) Or is it more "Simplify what you want if that makes thin...
by LinguistCat
Sun 01 Jul 2018, 21:11
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds
Replies: 126
Views: 3753

Re: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds

I grew up in a Methodist/Catholic household, which turned into a purely Catholic household when my dad converted and I was baptized. Then I had a crisis of faith, found a polytheistic religion, and have been trying to practice that as well as I am able. Beliefs wise, I am somewhat agnostic but if th...
by LinguistCat
Sun 01 Jul 2018, 07:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4981
Views: 437474

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

That w > ŋ change reminds me of some similar changes that happened in various Italian, Romanch, and Francoprovencal varieties where it sometimes went all the way to [g] or [k]. Also coda j > k. I also read a thing by Robert Blust recently where he talked about these kinds of fortitions being especi...
by LinguistCat
Sat 30 Jun 2018, 20:36
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sound Changes Game
Replies: 5363
Views: 254607

Re: Sound Changes Game

<かみひ>

[gamˈbiː] > [kami'bi]
by LinguistCat
Sat 23 Jun 2018, 03:16
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: using the virgin birth concept in a setting
Replies: 3
Views: 597

Re: using the virgin birth concept in a setting

As a side note about parthenogenesis (since I did a lot of research about it for a conspecies of my own), the child would only be a clone of the mother if the mother herself was homozygous for both alleles of every gene. However, in humans, the child WOULD almost always be XX female (problems with d...
by LinguistCat
Wed 20 Jun 2018, 07:19
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 3815

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

Not a book but definitely a long work of fiction, Homestuck used 2nd person story telling but 1) it was structured like a choose-your-own adventure or text based video game (and in the beginning did in fact ask for audience interaction in the form of people sending in suggestions for the next comman...
by LinguistCat
Tue 12 Jun 2018, 02:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13872
Views: 851810

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

Im not sure that syllable counting rule is common. In Japanese the syllabic nasal counts as a mora because it originated from a syllable. But so does the checked syllable, so I dont think Japanese is an example of counting nasals & stops differently. both are moraic. If pressed I'd guess that langu...
by LinguistCat
Mon 11 Jun 2018, 18:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13872
Views: 851810

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

I'm trying to understand how morae work. If I'm understanding it correctly, then a basic syllable such as V or CV are 1 mora, or a light syllable, while something like VV or CVV or even CVC in some languages are 2 morae, or a heavy syllable. I'm guessing this is the basis for stress in a word? What...
by LinguistCat
Fri 08 Jun 2018, 22:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4981
Views: 437474

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

/t t͡s k/ / ɬ~l s h/ /n j w/ The lateral is generally pronounced voiceless only when intervocalic, before a glide or when geminated (though some speakers realise this last one as a single intervocalic voiceless fricative). This seems a little weird to me. Is it attested anywhere irl? In any case it...
by LinguistCat
Wed 06 Jun 2018, 22:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4981
Views: 437474

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

/t t͡s k/ / ɬ~l s h/ /n j w/ The lateral is generally pronounced voiceless only when intervocalic, before a glide or when geminated (though some speakers realise this last one as a single intervocalic voiceless fricative). This seems a little weird to me. Is it attested anywhere irl? In any case it...
by LinguistCat
Wed 06 Jun 2018, 21:52
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: asking again on Old Japanese/Proto-Japonic resources
Replies: 11
Views: 1980

Re: asking again on Old Japanese/Proto-Japonic resources

No need at all to take down the link! It is just that for a first read, the scope of the book may be discouraging. The articles by Ramsey on the subject are a very good introduction too (and very well written!). Thank you for the reply. I will edit my post to add the link to the paper with a note a...