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by Salmoneus
23 Sep 2019 21:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5689
Views: 1334576

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

In many language, the ergative-genitive appears to come from nominalisations. That is, the "verb" used to be, in effect, a gerund. So, to say "I don't like you because you ate my cat ", you effectively say "I don't like you because (of) your eating my cat ". Gerunds usually have ergative syntax cros...
by Salmoneus
22 Sep 2019 23:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5689
Views: 1334576

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

Ergatives are often formed from genitives or instrumentals.
by Salmoneus
22 Sep 2019 18:08
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A Beginner's guide to Slavic accentuation
Replies: 18
Views: 22752

Re: A Beginner's guide to Slavic accentuation

This all seems quite straightforward... except for the idea of pre-accenting and post-accenting affixes. If you intend to write more, I'd be interested in hearing where they came from. Pre-accenting is something that I know sometimes occurs in languages due to obscured resyllabification effects*. Bu...
by Salmoneus
22 Sep 2019 03:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The alphabet has a secret and has been found
Replies: 44
Views: 751

Re: The alphabet has a secret and has been found

The site you cite has nothing to do with your claim... Because the person you're arguing with is insane. And they will not recognise that their argument is unsupported for the same reason they won't recognise that they don't even have an argument - because they're insane . Even if they weren't, the...
by Salmoneus
20 Sep 2019 22:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4376
Views: 888017

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

Might depend what you mean. Lots of languages mark topic with particles, and I'm sure some must be cliticised, but I'm not aware of any topic-marking affixes per se.
by Salmoneus
20 Sep 2019 10:58
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.
Replies: 7
Views: 19747

Re: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.

Oh! Great! Sorry, I thought that's what this was too!

Although now I'm not sure how the actual guide ISN'T deleted, because its first posts are from years ago...
by Salmoneus
20 Sep 2019 00:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 882
Views: 152528

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

I don't suppose, in Inkscape, there's any way to identify what brush made a particular shape, is there? I'm assuming not, because once you've drawn a shape it just becomes... well, a shape, like any other. But I thought I'd ask on the offchance... (I wrote up a conscript years ago, but I've lost the...
by Salmoneus
20 Sep 2019 00:23
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.
Replies: 7
Views: 19747

Re: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.

A tragedy that this has all been deleted...
by Salmoneus
16 Sep 2019 20:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5689
Views: 1334576

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

Huh? But he can't 'derive back' (i.e. reconstruct) the protolanguage from which both Altaic and Sino-Tibetan descend, because there never was such a language. Or at least, not for tens of thousands of years. As a result, there are no good reconstructions of proto-Tibeto-Altaic possible, because if t...
by Salmoneus
16 Sep 2019 15:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5689
Views: 1334576

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

Should I just not bother with sound changes being chronologically consistent between proto-languages if the results are cool? I mean, a "Tibeto-Altaic" language that isn't a creole is probably such a ridiculous idea to begin with that it's not exactly the most realistic thing from the start... but ...
by Salmoneus
15 Sep 2019 23:26
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 36
Views: 37061

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

[...] Salmoneus, I find these posts you've been writing in this thread extremely interesting. Do you recommend any particular books or authors where I could read more about the interaction of economics and birthrates, economics and the value of people (men or women, capital-owners or labourers), an...
by Salmoneus
12 Sep 2019 13:14
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 306
Views: 237279

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

It means "college" has just begun (most naturally that they have just gone to college for the first time), and already things related to "college" (which here is not the institution but the experience) have gone wrong. Literally, "off to a good start" is said of runners (etc) who start a race well, ...
by Salmoneus
07 Sep 2019 17:02
Forum: Translations
Topic: An Approach to Translations: Catabolism then Anabolism
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: An Approach to Translations: Catabolism then Anabolism

I just wanted to say: Thanks for remembering the (now-pruned) Snowball Game! It was pruned!? Shit!!! I always intended to use that as a translation challenge resource some day. It's a fantastic idea: a stock of grammatically interesting sentences to translate that don't require an immense vocabular...
by Salmoneus
05 Sep 2019 15:55
Forum: Translations
Topic: From the journal
Replies: 16
Views: 7536

Re: From the journal

Galēida uinn 1 , Ec neis an tīhn 2 thisses commentāres 3 to āinnē mainn. Bisioith lias ec ūder hībnē 4 , stāith ā hleosē 5 ōegelces mainn hit to lēgōna 6 . Suā biath thu mielda 7 , sua geb this bōc to thammē bōcsalē 8 . Ordagu āinna manno this commentār to settena ūder meinhonō dānō that semlinga 9...
by Salmoneus
03 Sep 2019 22:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 33
Views: 1367

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

It's Perfekt Indikativ Aktiv , but in a somewhat archaic form I'm aware it's the perfect. What I didn't know was why German used the perfect to translate something that in other languages is in the simple present. How can I know? I'm not the author, nor am I the translator. I didn't say you knew, I...
by Salmoneus
03 Sep 2019 13:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 33
Views: 1367

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

It's Perfekt Indikativ Aktiv , but in a somewhat archaic form I'm aware it's the perfect. What I didn't know was why German used the perfect to translate something that in other languages is in the simple present. It's not just Leo: https://www.dict.cc/englisch-deutsch/weald.html That link, you may...
by Salmoneus
02 Sep 2019 20:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 33
Views: 1367

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

That surprises me, given that Blume in several cases famously refers to the flower itself and explicitly NOT the plant that bears it. For instance: Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras und alle Herrlichkeit des Menschen wie des Grases Blumen. Das Gras ist verdorret und die Blume abgefallen. ( For all...
by Salmoneus
29 Aug 2019 17:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Compound generator thread
Replies: 15
Views: 1428

Re: Compound generator thread

"galaxias", meaning "milky" became the word for 'galaxy' (milky circle), chalk (milky stone) and dogfish (milky fish, presumably because dogfish are viviparous like mammals).

Telephone: spark pigeon.
by Salmoneus
29 Aug 2019 00:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Compound generator thread
Replies: 15
Views: 1428

Re: Compound generator thread

The second is much more straightforward: 'thump' because it's the sound that boots make, and 'terracotta' because boots are made out of terracotta. I am pretty sure terracotta in that context is just a name for a type of leather. No, I got the idea from actual clay boots. To be fair, the terracotta...
by Salmoneus
26 Aug 2019 01:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Compound generator thread
Replies: 15
Views: 1428

Re: Compound generator thread

Verb: lobster scratch Boot: terracota thump Yes, sometimes things like these happen because of semantic extension. Could've been clearer about that. To clarify, only the first involves semantic extension - in that it uses 'scratch' to mean 'word' (i.e. in its written form). 'Lobster' is a straighfo...