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by Xonen
Sun 22 Apr 2018, 12:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Non-English Orthography Reform
Replies: 276
Views: 31415

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: 6497
Views: 429278

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: 593
Views: 71986

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...
by Xonen
Fri 30 Mar 2018, 14:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What language could this be?
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: What language could this be?

So when I first hear a new language I often mishear things very drastically. Yep, that's something one has to watch out for. If you want reliable phonetic accuracy for your transcriptions, you should really use recordings and listen to them several times (or, preferably, get a spectrogram). Hearing...
by Xonen
Mon 26 Mar 2018, 20:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6497
Views: 429278

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

In IPA, what's the difference between ⟨t͡s⟩ and ⟨ts⟩, if there even is a significant difference in pronunciation? It somewhat depends on the language but generally it's the difference between an affricate and a consonant cluster. English doesn't have /t͡s/ and I've seen some English-speaking lingui...
by Xonen
Wed 14 Mar 2018, 16:56
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1151
Views: 56780

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I came to know this via Facebook, and I immediately checked Wikipedia. This man exceeded well beyond any expectation. He was born on the day Galileo Galilei died 300 years before him, and he died 139 years after Albert Einstein's birth. Aren't those strange coincidences? I'm choosing to believe he ...
by Xonen
Mon 12 Mar 2018, 19:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6497
Views: 429278

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

Another curiosity is the shift from a > uo in stressed syllables, and o > ua. I'm curious to know how this would come about regularly. Perhaps it was a > o and then o diphthongized? o > ua resembles the o > oa (/o̯a/) sound change that Romanian had in certain environments, e.g. Latin nostram > Roma...
by Xonen
Mon 12 Mar 2018, 00:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Qop=an
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Re: Qop=an

Well, you're the one going out of your way to make interacting with you as difficult as possible and then acting surprised when people respond in kind. [:S] Sorry, but if actually communicating with people doesn't interest you, then I'm afraid this message board is really not the place for you.
by Xonen
Sat 10 Mar 2018, 22:56
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Aynu Itak - Ainu Language
Replies: 32
Views: 5850

Re: Aynu Itak - Ainu Language

Joo, taat lii jo kieđâvuššum. Tääl pijssáá.
by Xonen
Sat 10 Mar 2018, 15:22
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: WTF Moments in History
Replies: 48
Views: 10523

Re: WTF Moments in History

Lest someone get the urge to start actually debating this latest topic, I'm locking this thread. Let it rest in peace.
by Xonen
Wed 07 Mar 2018, 01:59
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1151
Views: 56780

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I just realized, my language Bàsupan would be very easy to give a top-bottom vowel harmony in a descendant language. I'm thinking of doing it. Though i'm not sure how realistic it is, given i have never heard of a triconsonantal root language that has vowel harmony of any kind. Well, there's at lea...
by Xonen
Wed 07 Mar 2018, 00:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 516
Views: 42000

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

One I've been meaning to mention here: :eng: canine :swe: kanin , :fin: kaniini 'rabbit' These look exactly like a typical modern neo-Latin-based internationalism adapted into these languages, but nope. Wiktionary tells me the Swedish word does actually have an etymology that ultimately goes back to...
by Xonen
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 19:15
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: My view of linguistics
Replies: 6
Views: 708

Re: My view of linguistics

Right, Shemtov sent me a PM explaining that it's not all of historical linguistics he rejects, just Afro-Asiatic. I still think a literal interpretation of the Babel text leads to problems with time frames, if nothing else, but I'll admit avoiding all of historical linguistics is going too far. I've...
by Xonen
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 12:52
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: My view of linguistics
Replies: 6
Views: 708

Re: My view of linguistics

Locking this thread before it degenerates into a full-blown flamewar. Shemtov, if your religion forbids you from discussing a subject without violating the "controversial or extraordinary claims" part of the house rules , then I suggest you refrain from discussing such subjects on this board. Everyo...
by Xonen
Thu 15 Feb 2018, 03:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6497
Views: 429278

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

I read about Dothraki. In it, the nominal predicat(iv)e in the present is in Nominative but in the past it is in Ablative. This is quite interesting an idea to code tense with case. Russian and Standard Arabic also have different cases (Instrumental and Accusative respectively) as complements of th...
by Xonen
Thu 15 Feb 2018, 02:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Sprachbund Theory
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Sprachbund Theory

Yes, the Volga area languages do quite clearly form a Sprachbund that contains at least Mari, Mordvin and Udmurt and a whole bunch of Turkic languages, that's obvious just from looking at the present-day situation there. But this is relatively recent compared to the protolanguages. You're missing t...
by Xonen
Tue 06 Feb 2018, 16:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Sprachbund Theory
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Sprachbund Theory

. One thing that's sometimes mentioned as a similarity between Turkic and Uralic is vowel harmony, but I find that somewhat questionable, actually, since Proto-Uralic is probably better analyzed as not having any vowel distinctions apart from a two-way height contrast in non-initial syllables. That...
by Xonen
Tue 06 Feb 2018, 15:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6497
Views: 429278

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

Sleep/slept is different, though, isn’t it? According to Wiktionary, Old English slǣpan was a strong verb with present 1st-person singular “slǣpe” and past 1st/3rd-person singular “slēp”. This seems to suggest that sleep historically changed from a strong verb to a weak verb and then ended up with ...
by Xonen
Thu 01 Feb 2018, 20:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 234
Views: 14999

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

Yeah, Mandarin has x, sh, zh, j, q, ch, all of them some kind of alveolo-palatal (or palato-alveolar) sound. According to Wikipedia at least, Mandarin <zh ch sh> are retroflex, but even if they are palato-alveolar, then that's still rather different from alveolo-palatal. And yes, the terminology is...
by Xonen
Tue 30 Jan 2018, 21:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 234
Views: 14999

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

There's also something else I dont think a lot of other people notice ... I divide languages into "vowel-strong" and "consonant-strong", with some in the middle. Consonant-strong languages tend to have a lot of consonant clusters, and their vowels are affected by the consonants around them. Vowel-s...