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by Pabappa
Sat 13 Jan 2018, 23:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6313
Views: 385430

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

when I was very young I came up with a system for forming the numbers 0-9 with my hands. I was just being creative ... Ive never learned sign language or even the signed alphabet . I only used three fingers. Most numbers can be easily formed with three or even two fingers, but for the number "5" i j...
by Pabappa
Sat 13 Jan 2018, 22:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13346
Views: 644139

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

"My hands are red" could then be reanalyzed as "the hands i have are red", adding just 1 morpheme.in most cases the speaker will want to emphasize "red", not the possession, so putting the predicate wherever your language normally does will help with that. I hope that this was helpful....If you dec...
by Pabappa
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 19:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak

I don't have the linguistic bg to really understand all of the terms, so i a pologize, but I don't really see how type 4 differs from type 2. E.g. in English we can say "duckhunt" as a verb, and the object can be just a type of duck such as mallards. Likewise for "I babysat the girls" etc. Eyegrow i...
by Pabappa
Wed 10 Jan 2018, 03:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lextreme2018
Replies: 23
Views: 620

Re: Lextreme2018

Im interested in posting when I can, but Im not sure I understand ... when you say that there should be no derivation and no compounding, by that you mean, not from existing words in the lexicon? I find the task of combining existing words to make new ones to be the most challenging form of word bui...
by Pabappa
Tue 09 Jan 2018, 19:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Urxan language
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: The Urxan language

I don't think you need the superscript J after the palatals... palatalization is only marked as secondary articulation, because a palatal consonant is palatalized by definition. Some Slavic languages seem to have a distinction even so, but I'm told this is really about the presence or absence of a d...
by Pabappa
Tue 09 Jan 2018, 15:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13346
Views: 644139

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

If the language is zero copula, would think just a spmple "house-1p" would indicate the required meaning. No need for reduplication unless giving emphasis. "My hands are red" could then be reanalyzed as "the hands i have are red", adding just 1 morpheme.in most cases the speaker will want to emphasi...
by Pabappa
Mon 08 Jan 2018, 22:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexicon milestones
Replies: 429
Views: 39145

Re: Lexicon milestones

[quote= Do you want me to remove Poswa from my list now? that's up to you, but I don't think I'll ever make it back to 10000 and I'm more proud of the ~3600 I have now than of the ~10500 i had had then, so i wouldnt put Poswa on that list myself. I havent used the name Mercator in a long time, ... ...
by Pabappa
Mon 08 Jan 2018, 15:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6313
Views: 385430

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

Pay toilets in Europe used to cost a cent, hence the expression "spend a penny" ... I guess the Welsh were a little more generous with that particular custom. I'm told it was 50 cents in Spain until recently.
by Pabappa
Fri 05 Jan 2018, 18:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 444
Views: 32330

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

I'm told that in Swedish, :swe: hel "whole" and vete "wheat" are not combined to make a word for whole wheat bread , because if they did the result would be identical with or resemble helvete "Hell".

Presumably, :lat: Helvetia "Switzerland " is unrelated to either of them.
by Pabappa
Thu 04 Jan 2018, 20:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 444
Views: 32330

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Ah, *now* I get it! I'd always wondered where piscina "swimming pool " comes from!
😉
by Pabappa
Wed 03 Jan 2018, 05:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6313
Views: 385430

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

Basque is usually described as having a closed class of verbs.i don't know the details, though.
by Pabappa
Tue 02 Jan 2018, 18:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13346
Views: 644139

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

Is it at all reasonable to have words contract in place names, when they otherwise wouldn't? Mostly to avoid place names becoming too lengthy. E.g. taisat - new phalas - river Taiphlas - (name of a place - 'New River') So there would be a closed set of abbreviated forms used only for compounding. I...
by Pabappa
Sat 30 Dec 2017, 22:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Hala
Replies: 16
Views: 406

Re: Hala

Phonology Typing in IPA is a pain on my phone and I barely have a computer, so I'll do it once and use a Latin transcription after. Vowels: ɑ, e̞, i, ɪ, o, u (a, e, i, o, u) Consonants: b, ɟ (d), f, g, ɦ (h), j (y), l, m, n, p, r, s, ʃ (x), t, v, w, z Let me know if you think I've missed anything i...
by Pabappa
Sat 30 Dec 2017, 22:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Shàt scratchpad
Replies: 23
Views: 742

Re: Shàt scratchpad

NB: I intend for my scratchpads to be a public record of how I create my conlangs, and for constructive criticism from other conlangers, so I don't accidentally do something unnautralistic and have that "Canonized". I apologize if most of the community don't see it that way [:$] Right, well, the in...
by Pabappa
Fri 29 Dec 2017, 06:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13346
Views: 644139

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

Does the root become unstressed, with the stress occurring instead on the next-to-last syllable of the sentence-word? Inuktitut says yes: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuit_phonology#Stress Finnish, though not polysynthetic, has many long words, and manages with a fixed root stress (always initi...
by Pabappa
Fri 29 Dec 2017, 04:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 10858
Views: 545042

Re: What did you accomplish today?

map of climates of planet Teppala. It's actually temperatures for January and July, in Fahrenheit, overlaced with each other .... but from it Im going to make a Köppen-like map using the lines on the map for temperature guides and my best judgment for the rainfall, which wont really need to have co...
by Pabappa
Thu 28 Dec 2017, 21:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13346
Views: 644139

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

Spanish -ía is from a verb that had once been before the main verb.... is that what converbs are? Some Italian dialects have a stronger form ...-ebbera, with various endings for different persons. Both are sufficed to the infinitive. But I don't know how the same could happen with a preposition.... ...
by Pabappa
Mon 25 Dec 2017, 22:52
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6313
Views: 385430

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

Did you also check wiktionary? I don't see it there either, but I'd think a list of words would be more likely on wiktionary Than Wikipedia. If not, there's also wikisource and wikibopks,but those tend to be for things that have been previously published elsewhere.
by Pabappa
Sun 24 Dec 2017, 23:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What phonemes occur as syllabic consonants in natlangs
Replies: 9
Views: 736

Re: What phonemes occur as syllabic consonants in natlangs

I can believe in syllabic fricatives, and have used syllabic /s/ in a major conlang, but I don't believe in syllabic stops. I imagine the stops of Nuxalk must be either aspirated or ejective, with no simple unreleased form. Therefore it would be acoustically impossible to hear the difference between...
by Pabappa
Thu 21 Dec 2017, 04:07
Forum: Translations
Topic: The man sees the woman using the telescope.
Replies: 41
Views: 4265

Re: The man sees the woman using the telescope.

:con: Poswa sabas "man" paefam "woman" ma "to see" pažampapwu "telescope" Sabas paefios pažampapwa va. man woman-GEN telescope-3pres see-3pres. The man sees the woman (who is) using the telescope. It bothers me a little bit that I dont have case echoing for the modifiers of case-marked nouns, as do ...