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by eldin raigmore
Sun 20 May 2018, 14:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Islogian
Replies: 90
Views: 7863

Re: Islogian

Aren’t possessed nouns always definite anyway? as i inderstand it they don’t need any additional marking to show definiteness. Am I wrong?

Could use 2 of gerunds be sometimes better translated as “because” than as “by”?

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I’m really enjoying your conlang!
by eldin raigmore
Sun 20 May 2018, 14:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6531
Views: 448942

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

I recently read an essay about the changes in the Queen's speaking over time and it mentioned that formerly the passive voice was preferred, especially in writing, to using the first person except when saying something like "I feel", "I believe" etc. This struck me as particularly interesting as Ja...
by eldin raigmore
Sat 19 May 2018, 03:06
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 366
Views: 50738

Re: Jokes

An Englishmen, a Scotsman, a Welshman, and an Irishman, all walk into a bar together.

So, the priest turns to the rabbi, and says “I think you and I are in the wrong joke“!
by eldin raigmore
Sat 19 May 2018, 03:00
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 616
Views: 78551

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

I’m very pleased by , and grateful for, all the responses so far; and I hope saying so, doesn’t mean I won’t see any more.

IOW:

Thanks, guys! Keep ‘em coming!
by eldin raigmore
Fri 18 May 2018, 22:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 4890
Views: 377754

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Porphyrogenitos wrote:
Fri 18 May 2018, 07:35
A diachronic vowel thing inspired by the Southern American Vowel Shift:
What?!? We Southrons have _always_ pronounced vowels exactly as they _should_ be pronounced!!




😏
by eldin raigmore
Fri 18 May 2018, 22:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6531
Views: 448942

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

if i recall correctly In Akkadian (?) it’s just the root consonants w/o any vowels.
I remember wondering whether a three-consonant cluster was ever acceptable in any Semitic language in any other circumstance.

But Hittite is an I-E language.
by eldin raigmore
Fri 18 May 2018, 21:56
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 1132
Views: 97266

Re: Other Creativity

Very impressed by all the creativity since my 66th birthday (2/6/18) and maybe b4 as well!
by eldin raigmore
Fri 18 May 2018, 04:41
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 616
Views: 78551

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

You will be familiar with the fact that most fiction will be written in one of the following four points of view: * third person past ; * first person past ; * third person present ; * first person present. You will expect me to ask why you will never read any fiction written in second person future?
by eldin raigmore
Fri 18 May 2018, 04:27
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 366
Views: 50738

Re: Jokes

I never finished learning the whole alphabet. I don’t know why.
by eldin raigmore
Tue 15 May 2018, 20:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13604
Views: 743514

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

Thanks, guys! I had been imagining they were very like frogs. So, no bird-like syringes (is that the plural of syrinx?). No lips and not very significant teeth, unless I’m wrong about frogs. —— But I don’t want to limit our imaginations too soon; as long as they can flip out their tongues like frogs...
by eldin raigmore
Tue 15 May 2018, 20:21
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 54
Views: 2022

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

[+1] to elemtilas too.
I try to remember, after giving as much hopefully-constructive criticism as I can, to always remind the recipient of said criticism that I Could Be Wrong.
Never let “the best” be the enemy of “the good”.
In fact, to start with, don’t let “the good” be the enemy of “the OK”!
by eldin raigmore
Tue 15 May 2018, 15:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13604
Views: 743514

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

I have a serious quick question.

If a speaking species had their tongues rooted at the fronts of their mouths, like frogs; how would that change their set of possible points-of-articulation?
by eldin raigmore
Tue 15 May 2018, 15:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13604
Views: 743514

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

I did mean it as a joke; but the jokes you folks thought I meant seem funnier to me than the joke I actually meant! I was thinking of Starotsin’s (do I have the right guy?) 5(?)-case system in which he(?) calls the fifth(?) case “means”*. And we’d been asking about voice. The first response made me ...
by eldin raigmore
Tue 15 May 2018, 15:47
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 54
Views: 2022

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

[+1] to what Axiem said.
in my experience both in graduate-school Mathematcs , and in artistic endeavors,
Lots of good advice starts with “stop worrying so much”.
by eldin raigmore
Mon 14 May 2018, 21:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13604
Views: 743514

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

Can a nominative-accusative language derive from an absolutive-ergative proto-language? Theoretically by making the passive tense into a regular present one, by some other eldritch means? yes, it is said that some Aleut-Eskimo languages are evolving into nominative languages. maybe you can do this:...
by eldin raigmore
Mon 14 May 2018, 21:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Keplerian Proto Arab Writing System
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: Keplerian Proto Arab Writing System

All of that makes perfect sense.

I’m sorry, I just realized I never told you how much I like the way your script looks!
And I also think I expect to like how the abugida operates!
by eldin raigmore
Sat 12 May 2018, 12:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Eroki Gǂama
Replies: 20
Views: 621

Re: Eroki Gǂama

Shemtov wrote:
Sat 12 May 2018, 00:34
Transitive verbs come in three categories: Transitive Root, Transitivized Intransitives, and Causatives.
I like this.

(I like the whole language!)
by eldin raigmore
Fri 11 May 2018, 12:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6531
Views: 448942

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

Is there any semantic or pragmatic difference in English between “I am retired “ and “I have retired”? And what is it, exactly? ————— Cross-linguistically the questions might be: * what’s the difference in meaning between the (to be)+(passive participle) and the (to have)+(active participle) constru...
by eldin raigmore
Fri 11 May 2018, 03:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Eroki Gǂama
Replies: 20
Views: 621

Re: Eroki Gǂama

eldin raigmore wrote:
Fri 11 May 2018, 03:03
Gerunds are almost always a kind of verbal noun.
Rather than verbal adjective.