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by sangi39
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 02:53
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 19
Views: 800

Re: Surprising cognates

Creyeditor wrote:
Wed 10 Jan 2018, 21:35
I think the first part of 'Heirat' is distantly related via PGmc 'hiwô'.
Wiktionary at least agrees with you. It's from *hiwô + *raidīniz
by sangi39
Mon 08 Jan 2018, 03:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6313
Views: 385263

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

So this evening I learnt that there's a northern Welsh word, lle chwech, that means "toilet", i.e. the room. Literally, though, it translates as "six place"... How does that mean "toilet"?! [:P]
by sangi39
Mon 08 Jan 2018, 01:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 549
Views: 48095

Re: False cognates

:tan: Swahili simu "telephone", "phone call" is not from SIM but from Persian سیم‏ ( sim , "coins", "wire"). In Comorian, a language closely related to Swahili, it means "telegram". In Persian, it's ultimately a borrowing from Ancient Greek and the modern word ασήμι asími "silver" is cognate with i...
by sangi39
Wed 03 Jan 2018, 22:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Languages of Yantas
Replies: 71
Views: 5883

Re: The Languages of Yantas

So this time I wanted to work on a language with no phonemic or phonetic nasals at all, and a pretty gappy plosive series. I chose the Siltom languages (in dark blue) because of their proximity to the Vuluka languages, and Proto-Vuluka only has a set of nasal vowels, not nasal consonants, so I wante...
by sangi39
Wed 03 Jan 2018, 18:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6313
Views: 385263

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

Basque is usually described as having a closed class of verbs.i don't know the details, though. IIRC, it's because only a handful of verbs can be conjugated synthetically for things like person, number, and tense (I've not found a full list, but it's maybe a dozen or two), while the rest of verbs a...
by sangi39
Mon 01 Jan 2018, 23:40
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 966
Views: 34116

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

The new year for me has had a fairly good start. Well, it has for the reptiles: https://i.imgur.com/nBO45PQ.png https://i.imgur.com/FC0bIKj.png Kami's weight has been pretty stable for the last few months, bordering on 60g (which is why the "percentage" graph looks like he's put on loads of weight, ...
by sangi39
Mon 01 Jan 2018, 22:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24173

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

I've had to take a break over Christmas and New Year (spending time with family, and the shop I work in is open every day of the year), but I'm definitely with Inkcube-Revolver on this one, bravo! Trying to make my way through this is a challenge, but a lot of fun [:D]
by sangi39
Mon 01 Jan 2018, 00:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Empire of The Kusan
Replies: 19
Views: 484

Re: The Empire of The Kusan

eldin raigmore wrote:
Sun 31 Dec 2017, 11:31
@sangi39, your last three posts are pretty good! I like them! Thanks! [B)]
Thanks [:)] I had been hoping for some feedback in this thread [:)]
by sangi39
Sun 31 Dec 2017, 03:43
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Empire of The Kusan
Replies: 19
Views: 484

Re: The Empire of The Kusan

And a brief overview of the legislative process: https://i.imgur.com/iHoxarf.png Each political body has a decreasing number of rights: a) The Emperor can pass laws or veto votes at any and all stages at his discretion b) The Senate Proper can propose laws, debate them, amend them, and vote on them,...
by sangi39
Sun 31 Dec 2017, 02:20
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Empire of The Kusan
Replies: 19
Views: 484

Re: The Empire of The Kusan

Tried to come up with a diagram that briefly shows off the relationships between various classes, individuals and political bodies, which I'm hoping makes some kind of sense. It misses out details like term limits, juries, the legislative process, the electoral process, etc. but I think it shows off...
by sangi39
Mon 25 Dec 2017, 01:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24173

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

And for a preliminary guess at the words in the proto-language:
Spoiler:
1: te'lemekʷo
2: 'mposotsi
3: 'kʷoŋotke
4: aŋ'kʷoŋotke
5: 'serew
6: an'serew
7: qilipoŋq
8: ke'ɬep
9: 'tsinitɬeŋ
10: an'setsa

I'm really, really unsure about 1 and 7
by sangi39
Mon 25 Dec 2017, 00:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24173

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

I'm kind of working on it for an hour or two each night after work. My main struggle is keeping everything in a reasonable order [:P] I've been looking at Language B for the last 15 minutes, and I think I can spot a couple of sound changes, just need to get them all down and make sure they make sense.
by sangi39
Sat 23 Dec 2017, 03:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24173

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

Trying to pin down the phoneme inventory of the proto-language: /p t ts tɬ k kʷ q/ /n ŋ/ /s ɬ/ /w r l/ /i (y?) u/ /e o/ /a/ /t s n r/ might be apical vs. laminal /ts l/ Aspiration and voicing distinctions in the daughter languages appear to come from a phonemic split conditioned by the presence of a...
by sangi39
Thu 21 Dec 2017, 01:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24173

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

I'm going to ignore the hints in spoilers for the moment, lol. I assume there are other people working on this, it's just a pretty challenging... challenge. I'm just posting stuff as and when it comes to me, keeping each post relatively short so that you don't get bogged down trying to respond to a ...
by sangi39
Wed 20 Dec 2017, 23:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24173

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

Right, this is mostly going to be working on possible history, rather than the proto-words themselves, and I'm only looking at what I think constitutes an Eastern grouping for the moment. So, "Proto-Eastern" (Proto-FJAGC) seems to have had a voiced/voiceless distinction in the plosives (in Language...
by sangi39
Wed 20 Dec 2017, 22:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24173

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

Ohhh, languages A, C and G have phonemic vertical vowel systems (3, 2 and 3 vowels respectively)! That might make things a bit easier (I hope)

EDIT: Oh, and so does Language J
by sangi39
Tue 19 Dec 2017, 22:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24173

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

I'm not going to provide any commentary on guesses just yet, but just FYI sangi, the initial nasal of 2 in a c g is voiceless and it seems you've accidentally copied it down as voiced. Oh, so I have. I'll have to amend that. I don't think that changes my groupings at all, but it does make Word 2 a ...
by sangi39
Tue 19 Dec 2017, 21:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24173

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

Even just trying to group them together is proving to be a pain, lol. I've tried my best to ignore what might be areal features for the moment, like there seems to be a lot of vowel syncope in the Western languages that probably spread out in a wave before or after some other changes, so you get wo...
by sangi39
Tue 19 Dec 2017, 19:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 486
Views: 24173

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

Inkcube-Revolver wrote:
Tue 19 Dec 2017, 03:58
My goodness. Did you get a grant while you were at it? The presentation and production value behind these challenges sure has gone up over time.
[+1]

Holy mother of god! [:O] This could get interesting [:)]
by sangi39
Mon 18 Dec 2017, 13:40
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Empire of The Kusan
Replies: 19
Views: 484

Re: The Empire of The Kusan

Constitution: Part 9 - The Senate Proper The Senate Proper (referred to from this point simply as the Senate) is the representative body solely of the nobility of the Kusan, constituted of men and women from the noble families over the age of twenty-five, each serving for a five-year-long term. Ele...