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by Pabappa
Thu 21 Jun 2018, 23:05
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 619
Views: 87292

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

Why are there so many blonde Koreans in Korean manga? In real life I’ve never met a blonde Korean; not even one who had dyed their hair. There are also a few more blondes than I would have expected in Japanese and Taiwanese and HK manga; but significantly fewer, it seems to me (I could be wrong.) T...
by Pabappa
Tue 12 Jun 2018, 00:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 781426

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

Im not sure that syllagble 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 Jap[anese is an example of counting nasals & stops differently. both are moraic. If presssed I'd guess that lan...
by Pabappa
Sat 09 Jun 2018, 19:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11053
Views: 657750

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Resolution of word-initial consonant clusters following collapse of pretonic vowels in Tarise:

a chart
by Pabappa
Thu 07 Jun 2018, 03:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 43
Views: 4419

Re: Surprising cognates

are the Micmac words all loans? :eng: air and :eng: wind are cognates, if you follow the chains of words at http://enwp.org/wikt:air and http://enwp.org/wikt:wind , though the common element is just PIE *h 2 w-. Also in this word family are east , Austria , and Australia . meaning that the similarit...
by Pabappa
Sun 03 Jun 2018, 20:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: How Do YOU Create Words?
Replies: 20
Views: 1072

Re: How Do YOU Create Words?

if you feel like a more hands-on method of word generation, you could buy a few of these and put 'em in a box where you shake it with the lid closed and then pull out a few blindly. Could have vowels and consonants in seprate boxes so you dont end up with e.g. "gtjs" as a word. with enough complete ...
by Pabappa
Sun 03 Jun 2018, 20:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 781426

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

2. I'm trying to settle on my phonology. I really like palatal consonants such as /c/, but I don't know if I want palatalization to play a major part in the phonology via sound changes such as palatalization and assimilation. I'm torn between going to the Abkhaz route using a vertical vowel system ...
by Pabappa
Wed 30 May 2018, 01:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6566
Views: 473406

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

OK, thanks for the responses. Are there any languages known to use what Im going to call paradoxical inflection , where a word takes an inflection with an illogical meaning, precisely because it wont be ambiguous? On another note, this post got me thinking about a similar system with inverse possess...
by Pabappa
Fri 25 May 2018, 00:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6566
Views: 473406

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

Are there any languages known to use what Im going to call paradoxical inflection , where a word takes an inflection with an illogical meaning, precisely because it wont be ambiguous? e.g. in Pabappa, the possessed form of all nouns ends in -i , deleting any final vowel to form the -i. ponnobla "pen...
by Pabappa
Thu 24 May 2018, 03:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 43
Views: 4419

Re: Surprising cognates

:eng: skunk = :eng: Chicago, both from different languages' form of the same word for skunk, which is a nominal derivation from the verb for "urinate". It seems Chicago was named after the wild onions that grew there, not after skunks or urine ... perhaps they saw something similar in the aroma?
by Pabappa
Fri 18 May 2018, 05:11
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1104

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

I was a big fan of Choose Your Own Adventure books when they were at their peak in the 1990s, and even wrote two of my own starring two young boys flying spaceships and battling overpowered alien lifeforms. (This was my conworld at the time.... I was 10 yrs old) With the rise of the internet, it see...
by Pabappa
Fri 18 May 2018, 04:19
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Laurel vs. Yanni
Replies: 15
Views: 860

Re: Laurel vs. Yanni

Anybody else hear "yaMMy" rather than "yaNNy"? Sweetie pie says she listened and had no idea where people get this "yanny" business from. Not me, but I've seen 2 other people say this. It may be as much a difference in how different consonants affect neighboring vowels than a difference in the perc...
by Pabappa
Thu 17 May 2018, 22:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Laurel vs. Yanni
Replies: 15
Views: 860

Re: Laurel vs. Yanni

The sequel has arrived: https://twitter.com/GeorgeAylett/status/997111740142903300 This is a retweet of a retweet of a tweet of a Reddit post, but they are all of the same video and it's definitely real and not a hoax as some commenters have wondered. Confirmed by viewing the waveform as I did with ...
by Pabappa
Thu 17 May 2018, 01:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Laurel vs. Yanni
Replies: 15
Views: 860

Re: Laurel vs. Yanni

It seems that the sound bite is taken from a readout of the word "laurel" on a dictionary site, so "laurel" is the original word. Then, the clip was modified in such a way that it can be heard either way by different people. For reference, I took a plot of the spectrum of the originaly dictionary cl...
by Pabappa
Tue 15 May 2018, 20:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: How Do YOU Create Words?
Replies: 20
Views: 1072

Re: How Do YOU Create Words?

you will drive yourself crazy if you try to come up with etymologies for your etymologies for your etymologies; at a certain point, just invent words wholesale and call it a day It takes a long time, but it can be done.... all Poswa and Pabappa words have solid etymologies going back over 7000 year...
by Pabappa
Tue 15 May 2018, 17:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 781426

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

You can do anything you want. You could have 952 contrasting places of articulation based on how the teeth are oriented in each segment of each phoneme. Parrots have no lips or nose and not much of a tongue, yet they can produce every sound a human can make and a lot more of their own. There's a spe...
by Pabappa
Tue 15 May 2018, 03:44
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Numerology and Numerical Superstitions
Replies: 4
Views: 488

Re: Numerology and Numerical Superstitions

I am a very superstitious person and always have been. I had to step on stairs in a certain order and I carried the superstition into the high numbers like 34 so that when walking up multiple flights I had to skip steps all the way. By middle childhood I had some sort of mental association with each...
by Pabappa
Fri 11 May 2018, 21:29
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 3691

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

I don't know ..... children's stories seem to do just fine without ever having human charatcers... e.g. Dr Seuss, whose characters embodied many humanlike traits but never appeared as humans; carebears, berenstein bears, my little pony, etc. As you intimated in the other thraed , even a species of b...
by Pabappa
Fri 11 May 2018, 21:05
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 619
Views: 87292

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

If I took a bug and made it very humanoid with a human personality while not sacrificing his animal instincts....would you relate to him? possibly, depends on what type of bug and on their personality. I did just that about 6 years ago with a video game I didn't quite finish... though the player mi...
by Pabappa
Wed 09 May 2018, 17:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 3691

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

Not even Tolkien got far enough with his conlangs to write a novel. As far as I know, his most developed language is Quenya, with about 2500 words.

Edit: 25000.... big difference, but still, I know that fans of Tolkien have run into gaps when trying to translate various things.
by Pabappa
Sat 05 May 2018, 13:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13671
Views: 781426

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

https://mw.lojban.org/papri/gismu has about 1500, if my memory is accurate...