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by Xonen
Mon 13 Aug 2018, 21:52
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Metal Thread
Replies: 281
Views: 35868

Re: Metal Thread

My band just had our first concert with the new lineup. Whoa, same here. [:|] We're not in the same band, are we? (Not sure if it'd be frowned upon to link it here, so I've refrained from doing so for now.) Well, if it's a non-commercial hobby project you're personally involved with and its content...
by Xonen
Thu 09 Aug 2018, 11:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 627
Views: 79342

Re: False cognates

If the Glottalic Reconstruction of PIE is right, it bears a striking resemblance to the stop system of Modern Korean. Okay, I guess these threads we have here have more or less demonstrated that pretty much anything counts as a false cognate or unfortunate coincidence or whatever in somebody's opin...
by Xonen
Mon 06 Aug 2018, 20:59
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1389
Views: 109428

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

In keeping with my habit of playing games two years behind everybody else, I've been playing the new Doom. It is wonderful and I should've been playing it ages ago Based on the YouTube videos I've seen, it looks pretty neat, yes. I just got the original Doom about... ten years ago, I think, so I'm ...
by Xonen
Thu 26 Jul 2018, 10:47
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 819
Views: 78437

Re: English Orthography Reform

I really object to pronouncing “white” as “wight”, as if every English speaker has the “which witch” merger, or those who don’t are somehow inferior or behind the times. Uh... someone pronouncing "white" and "wight" the same implies neither of those things. Even declaring that to be the standard pr...
by Xonen
Wed 25 Jul 2018, 12:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 819
Views: 78437

Re: English Orthography Reform

I write in reformed spelling (in the languages i know) since i was 15, in all situations except in school, and some people like it, some dont, but i cant remember having heard that it was a sort of trolling. For what it's worth, I don't think spelling in a reformed orthography, as such, counts as t...
by Xonen
Tue 24 Jul 2018, 13:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 819
Views: 78437

Re: English Orthography Reform

Zé do Rock wrote:
Tue 24 Jul 2018, 10:07
[blatant trolling]
I hate it when I step in to provide someone some benefit of the doubt and assumption of good faith and whatnot, and then they immediately proceed to prove me wrong. [:S]

So yeah. Drop it or get off the board.
by Xonen
Fri 20 Jul 2018, 15:28
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1389
Views: 109428

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I've actually owned a Roomba previously, so I have some idea of how they work (and how they don't). I just felt the need to share my twilight zone experience with someone. In any case, I might actually end up buying a different manufacturer's robot, solely because Roomba's descriptions in webstores ...
by Xonen
Fri 20 Jul 2018, 14:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 819
Views: 78437

Re: English Orthography Reform

Or i explane that we should call the russki cappital Maskva That is a quite frankly terrible idea for so many reasons. [:S] First of all, all languages have their own names for other countries and their major cities; it's just a part of the language, like naming any other important concept. Essenti...
by Xonen
Thu 19 Jul 2018, 18:18
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1389
Views: 109428

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: 6628
Views: 520828

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: 819
Views: 78437

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: 6628
Views: 520828

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: 819
Views: 78437

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: 819
Views: 78437

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: 1389
Views: 109428

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: 1389
Views: 109428

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: 1389
Views: 109428

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: 637
Views: 69363

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: 6628
Views: 520828

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: 6628
Views: 520828

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...