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by Pabappa
Fri 25 May 2018, 00:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6541
Views: 451659

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: 39
Views: 3130

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: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 632
Views: 79416

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: 371

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: 371

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: 371

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: 18
Views: 451

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: 13617
Views: 746847

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: 286

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: 2238

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: 632
Views: 79416

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: 2238

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: 13617
Views: 746847

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

https://mw.lojban.org/papri/gismu has about 1500, if my memory is accurate...
by Pabappa
Fri 04 May 2018, 04:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13617
Views: 746847

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

I think polypersonal setups have different forms for the agent and patient, and often they are fused into a single morpheme. So no separation marker should be necessary. Also, id think the object would be closer to the stem of the verb, since objects are tied to their verbs while subjects are not.
by Pabappa
Mon 30 Apr 2018, 01:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11034
Views: 631621

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Separated out ~750 words with good etymologies in Bābākiam, the ancestor of Pabappa and Poswa. I should be able to find about a thousand more and then discard the rest, some of which have been sitting around for 23 years with no real chance of a proper etymology. I was off by about a hundred .... T...
by Pabappa
Sat 28 Apr 2018, 00:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13617
Views: 746847

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

In that case, Wikipedia has failed me once again, as it clearly mentions that tenuis means unpal. and unphar. as well. As for your second point, I'm not sure I quite understand what you're saying, seeing as I'm not actually deriving the phar. set from anything, really; and if my proto-language has ...
by Pabappa
Fri 27 Apr 2018, 04:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11034
Views: 631621

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Separated out ~750 words with good etymologies in Bābākiam, the ancestor of Pabappa and Poswa. I should be able to find about a thousand more and then discard the rest, some of which have been sitting around for 23 years with no real chance of a proper etymology.
by Pabappa
Thu 26 Apr 2018, 02:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13617
Views: 746847

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

I've used pharyngealization > voicing for stops on the basis that a pharyngealized stop cannot also be aspirated, and that unaspirated stops tend to become voiced stops. I don't think it would help for fricatives though.
by Pabappa
Tue 24 Apr 2018, 03:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11034
Views: 631621

Re: What did you accomplish today?

http://www.frathwiki.com/Religions_of_Teppala#Y.C3.AEna

71 angels of Ridia .... with names and descriptions for almost all ... will add more info when I can.
by Pabappa
Thu 19 Apr 2018, 04:47
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 632
Views: 79416

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

Im skeptical of that Wikipedia article ... a few samples from elsewhere on the page: The other cultural influences that are evident throughout Pingelapese history is the Spanish era portrayed in the Pingelapese dance called "Din Dihn" which is loosely translated in English to "Tin Tin". The dance re...