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by Xonen
Thu 19 Jul 2018, 18:18
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1289
Views: 92604

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

So today, I was thinking about how I need to vacuum my apartment, so naturally, I ended up googling Roombas. Then, about two minutes after I'd finally gotten off my ass to do the damn vacuuming the old-fashioned way, my vacuum cleaner suddenly up and died on me. So... did Google's Skynet algorithm j...
by Xonen
Thu 19 Jul 2018, 10:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6575
Views: 495434

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

That seems to be a fairly commonly held belief, but it's really only true for young, urban and/or highly educated people I guess, but I'm fairly certain pretty much literally everyone, including the vast majority of old people, know some English even if they can't really form coherent sentences the...
by Xonen
Wed 18 Jul 2018, 18:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 760
Views: 72551

Re: English Orthography Reform

single, it's /ɛ/ when stressed and /ɪ/ or /ə/ (depending on dialect) when unstressed So, is stress marked? Or am I supposed to be familiar with the word already to know where the stress goes? Well, it's not my reform, so *shrug*... But stress in English is often at least sort of predictable based o...
by Xonen
Wed 18 Jul 2018, 17:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6575
Views: 495434

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

A similar situation would exist among many minorities in Finland; Finnish itself is similar to Welsh in having a standard variant that differs in many ways from the colloquial varieties, and people from linguistic minorities (with the exception of some monolingually Swedish-speaking areas) tend to ...
by Xonen
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 14:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 760
Views: 72551

Re: English Orthography Reform

Spelling 'eeven, u, spel, caracter, hav' These are illogical spellings. No, as far as I can tell, they seem to follow quite logically from the principles presented for this reform. I don't really agree with those principles myself, but simply going "nuh-uh" isn't going to convince anyone here at th...
by Xonen
Mon 16 Jul 2018, 21:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 760
Views: 72551

Re: English Orthography Reform

Defining perfection that way, eeven chinese is perfect Yes, actually, Chinese is the other major language that has this property, as I understand it: two people can exchange letters and perfectly understand each other, but be unable to communicate with each other vocally. Sure, I've heard of this h...
by Xonen
Sun 15 Jul 2018, 22:10
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1289
Views: 92604

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

No, bees pollinate flowers. Yellowjackets (and other wasps) mostly just murder things. I learned recently that wasps actually do pollinate, just not very effectively; they themselves eat nectar in their adult morph, but their grubs are insectivorous (which is why I used to think wasps were predator...
by Xonen
Sat 14 Jul 2018, 23:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1289
Views: 92604

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

No, bees pollinate flowers. Yellowjackets (and other wasps) mostly just murder things. I learned recently that wasps actually do pollinate, just not very effectively; they themselves eat nectar in their adult morph, but their grubs are insectivorous (which is why I used to think wasps were predator...
by Xonen
Sat 14 Jul 2018, 10:12
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1289
Views: 92604

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I got stung by a yellow-jacket this morning. It hurts so much [:'(] In general I don't hate or fear bugs, but these I loathe. We put up several traps, but there's just so many, there's only so much you can do. At least I'm not allergic. Damn contemnible, flower-pollinating hymenopterids! No, bees p...
by Xonen
Sat 09 Jun 2018, 15:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 564
Views: 59266

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

:por: social democratico 'centre-right' (in politics) vs. :deu: sozialdemokratisch 'centre-left' (in politics) This actually strikes me as a fairly mild case of political terminology meaning different things in different countries, considering how much this can vary (indeed, sometimes even within t...
by Xonen
Wed 06 Jun 2018, 18:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6575
Views: 495434

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

Re: Triglossia. Thanks! @elemtilas and @Xonen! I am interested in speech-communities wherein most people have two or more native languages and most adults are fluent in three or more languages. Right. I was thinking more along the lines of, say, Welsh, which I've several times seen given as a typic...
by Xonen
Tue 29 May 2018, 17:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6575
Views: 495434

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

Triglossia There have been, historically, several cases of diglossia; But has there ever been an example of triglossia? According to Google, yes. Although many cases of diglossia actually seem to involve a lot more varieties than just two, anyway. So if we were to actually have a meaningful discuss...
by Xonen
Fri 25 May 2018, 14:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 2104

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction

Well, it says “quick questions“. It doesn’t say “quick answers“! ...well, be that as it may, I do think the resulting discussion in this case is worth its own thread. But carry on. (Or not, in case the discussion is through. Still, worth being archived in a separate thread under its own title, IMO.)
by Xonen
Mon 21 May 2018, 20:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6575
Views: 495434

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

AFAIU, it's a bit more complicated than that. In Classical Arabic, the construct state is essentially the same as the definite form of the noun, but without the prefixed article; that is, the -n  that usually marks indefinite nouns is dropped. We should emphasise that despite the mystique of semiti...
by Xonen
Sat 19 May 2018, 22:26
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6575
Views: 495434

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

I'll repeat this question here. From which forms construct states / possessed cases usually develop? That's a helluv·a question; I can't claim to know the answer to it, but the possibility of adpositions fusing to adjacent nouns springs to mind, at least. Which would be a fairly typical way for cas...
by Xonen
Sat 12 May 2018, 00:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6575
Views: 495434

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

Cross-linguistically the questions might be: * what’s the difference in meaning between the (to be)+(passive participle) and the (to have)+(active participle) constructions? Depends entirely on the language, I'm quite sure. Although I'd be surprised if there were a lot of non-European languages usi...
by Xonen
Tue 24 Apr 2018, 23:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Non-English Orthography Reform
Replies: 282
Views: 38699

Re: Non-English Orthography Reform

... Okay, those are all good points. I guess I've lost sight of how different it is, haha. In any case, expecting normal people to find learning a whole new alphabet easy is a bit unreasonable, IMO. I guess that's also true, and it could be that I'm just naturally good at learning writing systems; ...
by Xonen
Sun 22 Apr 2018, 12:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Non-English Orthography Reform
Replies: 282
Views: 38699

Re: Non-English Orthography Reform

The most important thing would be that it'd look cool and just for educational purposes, since practically all Finns I know (I obviously don't know all Finns, and not all are like this, but... most) who have ever had any interest in learning Russian have said that the hardest part about it is the a...
by Xonen
Fri 06 Apr 2018, 22:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6575
Views: 495434

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

Are there languages without /h/ Yes. The prototypical example for English speakers would probably be French, which (like all modern Romance languages) has lost original Latin /h/ but has mostly kept the letter in spelling - which is why you get loanwords like honor , hour and even the name of the l...
by Xonen
Sun 01 Apr 2018, 00:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 619
Views: 94232

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

Which is the correct English noun : —— “Tremendosity” Or “tremendousness”? And why? New Oxford American Dictionary says "tremendousness." Thanks! Any idea why tremendosity is not a well formed word? There seems to be some discussion in the other thread where you asked the same question... As a rule...