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by Xonen
Sat 18 Nov 2017, 02:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 732
Views: 48796

Re: How deranged is the English spelling system?

Merged the new thread with the existing one. The English spelling system is perfectly fine. Strange, yes, but perfectly fine. Well, I'd say "perfectly fine" is stretching it. It's not as bad as its detractors tend to make it out to be, but it is quite objectively harder to learn than it would strict...
by Xonen
Sun 12 Nov 2017, 03:28
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Phonemes
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: Phonemes

Generally the reason why this weird stuff happens to semitic languages is because the nature of the root system can very easily cause conditional changes to become unconditional due to analogy, as more and more stems of a root are affected. This is also why not only arabic but most arabian langs ha...
by Xonen
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 23:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 659
Views: 53555

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

I don't know if it's something to do with the new setup, but I was thinking of changing my username (and had over on the ZBB), but found that function is disabled here. At least through the user page. Nothing big if it was never allowed or if I have to go through someone to get it ok'ed, but if tha...
by Xonen
Tue 07 Nov 2017, 20:51
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6138
Views: 343322

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

I firmly believe that Turkish uses <z̧> for /ʒ/ and <j> for /dʒ/, since I refuse to participate in a reality where a major language gets away with using <c> for the latter.
by Xonen
Sun 05 Nov 2017, 23:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: 3Cons descended from a 2Cons protolang
Replies: 12
Views: 363

Re: 3Cons descended from a 2Cons protolang

qwed117 wrote:You don't need to crosspost to the Linguistics subforum. I think it's more reasonable to let a mod transfer the thread.
Right. Deleted the doublet. I kept this one because it's the one that had been replied to; I'll let it stay here for now, although perhaps this is more of a natlang question.
by Xonen
Mon 30 Oct 2017, 22:07
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 632
Views: 18146

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Thank you! [:D] It was just one of those small black spiders I've seen around here before, but it was enough to make me jump out of bed in fear. [>_<] I hate all spiders unless they're so tiny that they verge on cuteness. lol That might be backwards. "Bird-eating" spiders are about as venomous as b...
by Xonen
Mon 30 Oct 2017, 21:33
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Curiosities from the languages of Italy
Replies: 13
Views: 1088

Re: Curiosities from the languages of Italy

Ugh, we don't deserve Romance languages. [:'(] [<3] They - particularly the little ones - get so weird sometimes. Romance languages, weird? You need to study more Salishan. [:P] That being said, there is a lot of really interesting stuff in this thread. One great thing about Romance is how well it'...
by Xonen
Mon 23 Oct 2017, 19:20
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 632
Views: 18146

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I don't use singular they (consciously, but I sometimes slip into it) since it wasn't part of my English Foreign Language education; thus it seems ungrammatical to me I don't see why that would follow. Foreign language education is never truly comprehensive, and a lot of the time, it's just plain w...
by Xonen
Fri 20 Oct 2017, 01:04
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: One third of the way through the decade
Replies: 69
Views: 5112

Re: One third of the way through the decade

...pop music is ephemeral. Very few popular musicians are remembered in later years - by 'remembered' I mean known of by later generations, not just present as a half-known trivia question or something old people think back on nostalgically. This is even more an issue now, with the market being muc...
by Xonen
Sun 15 Oct 2017, 20:30
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 632
Views: 18146

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Discussion on communism moved to its own thread.
by Xonen
Sun 15 Oct 2017, 20:20
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Communism [split]
Replies: 50
Views: 763

Re: Communism

Try explaining communism and socialism to random people without using the word socialism and communism. You'll find they easily agree with the idea. Even with the "death and violence" part? Or are we supposed to come up with nice euphemisms for those? Is is possible that some of us have ever read M...
by Xonen
Sat 14 Oct 2017, 01:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6138
Views: 343322

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

Not sure I buy the article from what I'm reading. If <wl> signifies /ɫ/, why would /ɫ/ and /l/ become phonemic later (in British English tmk)? Redeveloping a rare distinction if you've just lost it seems pretty senseless Sound change has no memory, so while it may be unlikely, a rare distinction ca...
by Xonen
Fri 13 Oct 2017, 00:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6138
Views: 343322

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

I found some article on exactly this topic recently: Fisiak, Jacek. “THE OLD ENGLISH <WR-> AND <WL->” In: Linguistics , 1967, Vol.5(32), pp.12-14. What it basically says is: The graphemic representations <wr-> and <wl-> represent single phonemes (/ɻ/ and /ɫ/, respectively), as cluster realisations ...
by Xonen
Thu 12 Oct 2017, 17:02
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: One third of the way through the decade
Replies: 69
Views: 5112

Re: One third of the way through the decade

Now we've reached the three-fourths-of-the-way-through-the-decade point. This decade will no doubt be remembered for the alt-right, and for Donald Trump becoming president. Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran seem to be defining musicians, and Taylor Swift carries over from the previous decade. This may b...
by Xonen
Sun 08 Oct 2017, 23:47
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Las Vegas mass shooting
Replies: 58
Views: 931

Re: Las Vegas mass shooting

@Xonen Mental illness doesn't need to exist to cause mass shootings. So mass shootings are not a "symptom by mental illness by definition". Ah, okay. Well, that makes at least some sense. Although that depends on your definition of mental illness, and Sal was actually careful enough to include his:...
by Xonen
Sun 08 Oct 2017, 11:38
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Las Vegas mass shooting
Replies: 58
Views: 931

Re: Las Vegas mass shooting

mental health doesn't necessarily need to exist what If we hold that the police should be better-armed than the populace (which is not an unreasonable suggestion, in my mind) No, never. I must inform you that it is indeed a very unreasonable suggestion. That's just a recipe for state oppression and...
by Xonen
Sat 07 Oct 2017, 17:24
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Las Vegas mass shooting
Replies: 58
Views: 931

Re: Las Vegas mass shooting

our crazies I don't think they're crazy—as in, actually have a mental illness. And talking about them like that has the effect of 1) stigmatizing people who have mental illnesses, and 2) making it difficult to actually address the root problem of why people choose to engage in murderous acts. If yo...
by Xonen
Fri 29 Sep 2017, 01:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Post-Modern English
Replies: 36
Views: 2163

Re: Post-Modern English

I suspect trying to work out a future English from standard varieties (GA or, occasionally, RP) is going to fail to give accurate predictions (although, obviously they're entirely possible ones). We know modern English derives primarily from Anglian varieties of Old English rather than the standard...
by Xonen
Thu 24 Aug 2017, 16:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6138
Views: 343322

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

Alomar wrote:metathesis (correct process?) in American English of 'breakfast' to /brɛ.fɪks/?
According to Wikipedia, that would be "nonadjacent metathesis, long-distance metathesis,[1] or hyperthesis[3]".

Also, apocope of the final /t/.
by Xonen
Wed 19 Jul 2017, 20:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 423
Views: 26243

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

As an English speaker, I had trouble telling apart French au-dessus /odsy/ "above" and au-dessous /odsu/ "below". This reminds me of an unfortunate coincidence between Finnish and Saami (using Inari Saami here): :fin: yllä - :sme: alne 'over', 'above', 'on' :fin: alla - :sme: vyelni 'under', 'below...