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by thetha
Sun 04 Oct 2015, 22:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Linguistic Conciseness
Replies: 8
Views: 1054

Re: Linguistic Conciseness

There tends to be an inverse relationship between 'information per syllable' and 'rate at which syllables are produced'. So it's likely that in mohawk less time is spent on each syllable than is on them in English or French. This compounded with the small amount of phonemes available for use makes t...
by thetha
Sat 03 Oct 2015, 22:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang word easter eggs?
Replies: 54
Views: 4322

Re: Conlang word easter eggs?

I have a habit of making the words for 'eat' in my conlangs some variation of (om)nom
by thetha
Sat 03 Oct 2015, 05:07
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Language practice thread
Replies: 6160
Views: 419533

Re: Language practice thread

loglorn wrote:小さい問題だ。大学を 'school'に二回訳した。大学の意味は通常に'university/college'だ。そういう意味は正しい?
Just a small question, you translated 大学 as school twice. 大学 normally means 'university/college'. Is that what you mean?
It's not that unusual here to use the word 'school' to refer to all levels of education, including college.
by thetha
Sat 03 Oct 2015, 00:04
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Language practice thread
Replies: 6160
Views: 419533

Re: Language practice thread

私は大学で日本語を習っている。 watashi wa daigaku de nihongo o naratte iru. I'm learning Japanese in school. Es muy divertido! [:D] It's so fun! Das ist ausgezeichnet! Ich hoffe, dass du fortsetzt, viel Spaß zu haben! That's awesome! I hope you continue having a lot of fun! Gracias (: thank you. 自転車で大学に行いった。 jite...
by thetha
Thu 01 Oct 2015, 21:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Language practice thread
Replies: 6160
Views: 419533

Re: Language practice thread

私は大学で日本語を習っている。
watashi wa daigaku de nihongo o naratte iru.
I'm learning Japanese in school.

Es muy divertido! [:D]
It's so fun!
by thetha
Tue 29 Sep 2015, 21:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6727
Views: 566957

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

OK, are there languages where meanings covered by discourse markers or modal particles get glommed onto verbs as affixes? I'm wondering because both of those things start out as adverbs, and many affixes in some languages also seem to start out as adverbs that have been incorporated into verbs. I c...
by thetha
Sat 19 Sep 2015, 23:39
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 558115

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

Prinsessa wrote:People actually play Second Life?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC4duXXl2JE
by thetha
Sat 19 Sep 2015, 23:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6727
Views: 566957

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

Hoskh you may want to look into Georgian, it has a system somewhat like that.
by thetha
Thu 10 Sep 2015, 02:29
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Linguistic pet peeves
Replies: 338
Views: 45628

Re: Linguistic pet peeves

If the goal is to cut off at the pass exotic-East-inspired misconceptions of Chinese that "'so many' have [retold] before at 'every other website'" where funfacts reside, I think one's energies and arguments would be better directed at such websites when such misconceptions occur. As no one in this...
by thetha
Thu 10 Sep 2015, 01:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Language practice thread
Replies: 6160
Views: 419533

Re: Language practice thread

¿Hay un tipo particular de cerveza que te gusta? Is there a particular kind of beer you like? Je n'ai pas bu beaucoup de sortes de bière; mon expérience a été principalement avec l'alcool plus fort. J'aime le whisky. I haven't had many kinds of beer; my experience has mostly been with stronger drin...
by thetha
Wed 09 Sep 2015, 03:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Linguistic pet peeves
Replies: 338
Views: 45628

Re: Linguistic pet peeves

Considering that the original point was "other languages have more homophones than English", yeah a poem from an older version of a language certainly does count. But, even that isn't really important since modern Chinese also has a buttload of homophones (something that is minorly ameliorated by a...
by thetha
Wed 09 Sep 2015, 02:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Linguistic pet peeves
Replies: 338
Views: 45628

Re: Linguistic pet peeves

I suppose if there is a passive-agressive argument taking place here, I imagine that it's due to a peculiarity of the Chinese writing system which allows one to use classical Chinese grammar and vocabulary with modern pronunciations. Since this unnatural combination of classical grammar and modern ...
by thetha
Tue 08 Sep 2015, 06:13
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 558115

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

Good luck with school, shimo! [:)] I know how hard it can be dealing with those sort of combined issues.
by thetha
Mon 07 Sep 2015, 03:23
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Language practice thread
Replies: 6160
Views: 419533

Re: Language practice thread

Je parlerais le chinois ici, mais je ne pense pas assez de lui. I would speak Chinese here, but I don't know enough of it. Ayant parlé ça, je peux dire quelques choses (inutiles)... Having said that, I can say a few (useless) things... 你好。我爱啤酒。我不在跳舞。牛奶是白色的。 Nǐ hǎo. Wǒ ài píjiǔ. Wǒ bùzài tiàowǔ. Niú...
by thetha
Sun 06 Sep 2015, 19:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 5040
Views: 478684

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

HoskhMatriarch wrote: I think it's a universal that there has to be other fricatives to have [h],
Hawaiian and several languages of south america have /h/ as their only fricative. Also Cèmuhî's only fricatives are /h hʷ/.
by thetha
Sun 06 Sep 2015, 02:20
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A badly written introduction to the scientific method
Replies: 95
Views: 7506

Re: A badly written introduction to the scientific method

Yes, of course science is very similar to a religion: like a religion, it is a complex of rituals and ethical commandments. Similar but not the same. Don't all philosophies have ethical commandments? There are moral anti-realists of all kinds in philosophy, so apparently not. I'm skeptical sometime...
by thetha
Sat 05 Sep 2015, 15:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Orthographic quirks in natlangs
Replies: 127
Views: 13642

Re: Orthographic quirks in natlangs

Unless you meant "why does it matter if they have different vowels" instead of "what are the two different vowels". That would be a silly question to ask, because it makes total sense that if mow and mountain are spelled differently and have different vowels, it may just be that the spelling differ...
by thetha
Sat 05 Sep 2015, 04:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Orthographic quirks in natlangs
Replies: 127
Views: 13642

Re: Orthographic quirks in natlangs

mow and mountain have different vowel qualities so that's a bad example.
by thetha
Thu 03 Sep 2015, 02:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14157
Views: 936011

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

Anyone got any other ideas? The word "lima" and variants have been used in austronesian languages to mean 5 since they were all one language. It also means hand. Interestingly enough they apparently fully recognize the connection because new number systems have been innovated where the word for 'te...