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by Pabappa
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 03:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6386
Views: 403887

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

Is there any chance that the Slavic patronymics in -ov, etc are a direct loan of Greek masculine genitive -ou, which is also a patronymic? I couldnt find info on the etymology of the Russian sufx paradigm. I know rhat the gk is from pie.
by Pabappa
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 18:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6386
Views: 403887

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

Basque may have played a role. Old Basque contrasted gemination for /n l r /, but not for stops or the labial nasal /m/.
by Pabappa
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 18:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 566
Views: 51979

Re: False cognates

And I'm told that: :eng: spank is not cognate to Portuguese :pt:
espancar with a similar meaning. But the derivations are unknown.
by Pabappa
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 17:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675074

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

One more thing, are there any languages without conjunctions? presumably inuktitut and similarly polysynthetic languages would count, since the conjunction s would need to be inflected as verbs. By the same token, my conlangs ate *almost* free of conjunction s... but I decided to keep "and, if, but...
by Pabappa
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 17:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675074

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

Is there a term for an inflectional paradigm that is a composite of two previously independent paradigms? Like in Latin where the accusative plural from one declension is borrowed into another. Basically the opposite of syncretism .... The idea is to preserve differences that would normally be erode...
by Pabappa
Mon 19 Feb 2018, 19:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 490
Views: 36247

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

On Wikipedia around 2005, the developers borrowed a German software module, Aufsicht , into English as "extension:Oversight", with the verb also being called "oversight" and the agent of this verb being "oversighter". For some reason, perhaps just to make it easier for developers, even the German Wi...
by Pabappa
Sun 18 Feb 2018, 07:10
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How would you redesign IPA?
Replies: 17
Views: 229

Re: How would you redesign IPA?

Although I am fond of the americanist looks when it comes to coronals (especially č and ƛ), I don’t see a way to make those changes happen to the IPA. I would finally add some additional symbols for laterals. ɭ̊˔ is rather silly for what could be simply ꞎ (which is in unicode, but not officially pa...
by Pabappa
Sun 18 Feb 2018, 05:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675074

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

Wouldn't it need 73,960 characters? Or are the codas more restrictive?

Either that, or the codas can be given standalone consonant signs... but that wouldn't be a true syllabary.

I like the hangul idea.
by Pabappa
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 15:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675074

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

Arabic helps, too. No initial clusters, but can have up to two consonants at the end, even disharmonious pairs like in /ibn/, /bakr/, etc. Or are these all pronounced with schwa?
by Pabappa
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 03:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 490
Views: 36247

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Negro as a standalone noun has /i/, but it also takes the nativized plual in -es, so it could go either way, or neither way.
by Pabappa
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 16:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13440
Views: 675074

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

Re sewing needles etc: Ive used the possession idea for gender in my conlangs, but I'm not aware of it occurring in any natlang. My explanation for the system is a combination of several of the above, plus the coalescence of locative and plain forms of some monosyllabic classifiers. E.g. "in the wat...
by Pabappa
Sat 10 Feb 2018, 18:13
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Your Pets and Their Names
Replies: 13
Views: 230

Re: Your Pets and Their Names

😁I sense a password mining operation in progress here...😛 I don't have any pets, but when I was younger , my parents had many cats. Therefore I didn't actually name them, but did play with the names a bit. For the longest-lived cat, I changed his name slightly every few months or so until i was pron...
by Pabappa
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 17:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 490
Views: 36247

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Orthographically similar: :eng: N*gger; Niger. that's a good one..... It fooled me for a long time because it seems obvious and there are a cluster of other nations named after the dark skin of their inhabitants... see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_the_blacks . ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷ Re: d>l, note also ...
by Pabappa
Sat 03 Feb 2018, 23:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 10950
Views: 572383

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I've been trying to overhaul the Charric languages so that it's not very large. Are the stop pairs related. e.g. i see p/pʷ in one language, p/pʰ in another, p/pʕ in a third and p/p' in a fourth ... are these sets derived from a single original contrast, or is it more complex? Ive been working on s...
by Pabappa
Sat 03 Feb 2018, 22:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 10950
Views: 572383

Re: What did you accomplish today?

yet another new minor conlang, likely used for placenames only: Fojy consonants: /p m mp kp ŋm ṭ ṇ ṇṭ t n nt l r s k ŋ ŋk h/ Possibly also /j w/ if either or both can contrast with allophones of the corresponding vowels. There are also syllabic nasals ... at least /m n ŋ/, possibly also /ṇ/ (dental)...
by Pabappa
Wed 31 Jan 2018, 22:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 10950
Views: 572383

Re: What did you accomplish today?

:con: Poswa "forbid / deny" verbal affix -t-, from (used in imperative) earlier typ "to cover". witi! "shut up! " prumpi "cover your ears[/b]...mpt>mp wapati "put on your shoes" (lit. Cover your feet) poti "just hold it" (having to use the bathroom) All of these are identical in form to (in some cas...
by Pabappa
Tue 30 Jan 2018, 20:25
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 233
Views: 12456

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

Finnish to me is the most beautiful language to sing in I'm not sure if I agree in general, but it definitely can sound ugly . Very deep, masculine voice. Though I cant say how much of my impression is because I like his voice and how much is because of the words Im listening to. When I get a chanc...
by Pabappa
Tue 30 Jan 2018, 05:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 233
Views: 12456

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

I think Japanese sounds much too guttural to ever be appealing. it's like lukewarm tea where all of the flavor is missing. Are you able to identify what about it sounds guttural to you? “Guttural” languages usually seem to be languages that have velar, uvular, or pharyngeal consonants not found in ...
by Pabappa
Sun 28 Jan 2018, 00:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 233
Views: 12456

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

I think Japanese sounds much too guttural to ever be appealing. it's like lukewarm tea where all of the flavor is missing. the most similar European language, Finnish, is much more appealing, esp for singing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL_HBiJy1ww https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKRvD5i44Ko the...
by Pabappa
Fri 26 Jan 2018, 02:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 10950
Views: 572383

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Made my least favorite conlang family, Fojy , a little more interesting by exchanging the voiced stops out for pharyngealized voiceless ones, which helps because the parent language had also had pharyngealized nasals and now I can retain those as well. The full inventory of consonants gained is /pʕ ...