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by Pabappa
Sat 10 Nov 2018, 19:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 659
Views: 94099

Re: False cognates

Old Japanese :jpn: upe:eng: "up"
by Pabappa
Sat 03 Nov 2018, 18:28
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1625
Views: 202966

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

You could have language be hardwired too, and have babies come out of the womb screaming at cursing at their mother and everyone around them to hurry up and get them out.
by Pabappa
Fri 02 Nov 2018, 20:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 707
Views: 86825

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

:nld: betweter "know-it-all" :eng: bedwetter But insults that look very similar but have very different meanings 😀 I love that one! There's also a business called BedWeters that uses the second half of the pair (the word for "bed" is the same in both languages). https://www.debedweters.nl/image/hea...
by Pabappa
Fri 02 Nov 2018, 01:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14231
Views: 966804

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

Has anyone created an alien language with sounds that humans can't produce? How would you go about notating these sounds? I had an idea for a language spoken by creatures with rattles on their faces among other things. Any ideas? i like the music idea. closest Ive come is some of my early work, whe...
by Pabappa
Thu 01 Nov 2018, 14:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14231
Views: 966804

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

In most languages, case marking is dropped because the intended sense is always accusative. Is haulek the unmarked form, or is even this marked with a prefix like h-? The bare stem is what I recommend. I have violated this rule a few times myself, though, I will admit. Why? Because sometimes keeping...
by Pabappa
Mon 29 Oct 2018, 17:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14231
Views: 966804

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

It sounds farfetched, yes, but not impossible. Mandarin has syllabic /z/, but it's just an extension of the previous consonant ... there was no direct change of /i/ > /z/. I could see a clearer path if the elided prefix had a consonant. Post tonic means after stress, so I'm not sure if that's what y...
by Pabappa
Sun 21 Oct 2018, 03:55
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 659
Views: 94099

Re: False cognates

Interesting, I had no idea the chess sense was the original. Id heard the chess etymology before but disnt know it was the same word. And, is it possible that instead of "the king is amazed", it's actually "the king is dead"? /mawt/ means death but I'm not sure how to get a participle even with wikt...
by Pabappa
Sat 13 Oct 2018, 04:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: No verbs?
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: No verbs?

Kēlen is the name of a conlang which has only four verbs, and therefore verbs are a closed class and thus quite unverblike. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kēlen It can be said to have no verbs at all.... Sotomayor says that the language is perfectly naturalistic in all ways except that it has no ve...
by Pabappa
Sun 07 Oct 2018, 13:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14231
Views: 966804

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

Old High German used <z> to represent the laminal /s/ derived from PG. *t, while using <s> to represent the apical /s̺/ derived from PG. *s, which later becomes /ʃ/ in word-initial consonant clusters. That could be used as a precedent for writing /s/, /ʃ/ as <z>, <s>, if your orthography was establ...
by Pabappa
Sat 06 Oct 2018, 17:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Reverse CBB Lexicon Building
Replies: 4353
Views: 318831

Re: Reverse CBB Lexicon Building

DesEsseintes wrote:
Sat 06 Oct 2018, 17:30
Next: wítaxáí-
An adjective that can be used to describe people
prone to surrendering easily during fights and joining in the pleasure of the winning side

Next: larakhi type of refined material (pronunciation as in IPA )
by Pabappa
Sat 06 Oct 2018, 04:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14231
Views: 966804

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

It would be odd for a plural marker to appear after a case marker, yes. Maybe the morpheme that becomes the plural marker can itself have different forms for different cases, though you'd said you didn't want fusion and that setup would likely cause fusion.
by Pabappa
Fri 05 Oct 2018, 16:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Words to mean Friend
Replies: 29
Views: 1808

Re: Words to mean Friend

Poswa and Pabappa derive all of these from the same root: friend, respect, love, cooperation, influence, neighbor. The bare root didn't survive so none of these words is more basic than any other, but this may give you some ideas. There are also compound words for friends derived from the verbs for ...
by Pabappa
Sat 29 Sep 2018, 23:05
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds
Replies: 141
Views: 13409

Re: Conworlders' religious influences on conworlds

I'd love to see details either here or elsewhere if you ever feel up to it... it sounds very interesting. When you say there's much to learn, do you mean you yourself haven't yet found answers to questions the people want to know?
by Pabappa
Sat 29 Sep 2018, 21:01
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?
Replies: 74
Views: 15912

Re: Are your main conpeople human or of a different species?

Perhaps dwarves and fairies are the same species, with an extreme sexual dimorphism - the dwarves are the males and the fairies the females. (I think this idea is not new. I can't give a reference, but I am pretty sure that I have seen it in some book about European folklore.) Thanks for the idea. ...
by Pabappa
Fri 28 Sep 2018, 21:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14231
Views: 966804

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

i may have misunderstood, but i want to popst this reply even so in the hopes that its helpful: Are there any languages for which the alienable-inalienable possession distiction is allowed only for animate things? {...} In my mind, animate things can have inalienable things, like qualities and parts...
by Pabappa
Tue 18 Sep 2018, 18:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14231
Views: 966804

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

I'd be interested in this too, though I can attest that in 20 yrs of making SOV conlangs I've never felt that something was wrong with how I order other parts of speech. Adjectives are verbs and thus always follow their heads, but I also use predominantly suffixing morphology, with some infixes but ...
by Pabappa
Tue 18 Sep 2018, 01:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Script preference
Replies: 18
Views: 1206

Re: Script preference

One problem is the size of the glyphs. if you have a large number of glyphs in the language, most word roots will consist of just one or two glyphs. But what size are you going to use to indicate the inflections? Suppose your word for "slap" is a single glyph, but you have dozens of verb inflections...
by Pabappa
Mon 17 Sep 2018, 17:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6752
Views: 586874

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

Outside of the linguistic world (in the world of lay English speakers, that is), it's pretty universally recognized that the word "moist" is unpleasant. [....]How much of the revulsion is due to the sound vs. the meaning or is it just the perfect balance of unpleasant sound and meaning? Wiktionary ...
by Pabappa
Sun 09 Sep 2018, 16:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Lexicon Building
Replies: 2281
Views: 193648

Re: CBB Lexicon Building

something to avoid mentioning; taboo word/idea Poswa: pobapie , lit. "Don't say it!" , from poba "speak" plus the negative imperative. Pabappa: possibly popep posu along the same lines, but this is hypothetical because the language does not have the same means of zero derivation from inflected verb...
by Pabappa
Thu 06 Sep 2018, 21:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14231
Views: 966804

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

How do I turn /a ə ɨ/ into /a ɒ e ø i y ɤ o ɯ u/? I have tried many strategies but nothing seems to work to the intended effect and I am at a complete loss. Additionally the later inventory is supposed to have vowel harmony with all vowels having front harmony with the first vowel of a word. You ma...