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by Aszev
21 Jan 2020 11:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 933283

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

According to Englebert (2015), intervocalic /g/ > /ɣ/ occurs already in "Gallo-Romance", which I take to refer to the regional variety of late VL spoken prior to 842.
by Aszev
20 Jan 2020 20:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 933283

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

Morphologically, it is usual that the old plural form also acquires the function of the older dual. But if the word usually appears in the dual, it's very possible that it is the old dual form that generalizes. For example Swedish ögon 'eyes' is the old dual form. (If somebody comes to say it is no...
by Aszev
20 Jan 2020 13:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 933283

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

Thanks for the answers, everyone [:D] What do you think of my theory that because the dual is inherently marginal (people are simply more likely to refer to one of something or more than two of something than just two) it is inherently unstable and prone to decline? In terms of markedness (as used ...
by Aszev
20 Jan 2020 12:55
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Curiosities in Finnish
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Re: Curiosities in Finnish

So you have this plant that's popularized in Sweden in the 18th century; a time when present-day Finland constitutes the eastern part of its territory. In this region, Swedish speakers call the new plant p(e,ä)(:)r(u,o)n and Finnish speakers call it peruna . But you think it's more likely the Finni...
by Aszev
20 Jan 2020 12:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 104
Views: 48674

Re: Surprising cognates

So, according to Aszev's post in another thread, we have: :lat: cavāre 'excavate', 'hollow out', 'perforate', 'pierce' :fin: kaveri 'friend', 'buddy' As I understood it, the cognate would be the verb kaveerata , with kaveri being originally unrelated but later affecting the sense of kaveerata , shi...
by Aszev
18 Jan 2020 12:05
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Curiosities in Finnish
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Re: Curiosities in Finnish

This probably isn't the right thread to rant about the etymology of peruna again, but... I'll just briefly mention once again that I highly doubt that it's from Swedish päron , especially since Hungarian has burgonya and Tatar and Bashkir have бәрәңге , whose etymologies are uncertain. The sound co...
by Aszev
18 Jan 2020 11:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 933283

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

Is the dual actually productive and in common use in any modern natlangs? It seems like the dual is something languages create early on only to later abandon, but I realize this is probably a heavily biased IE-centric view. Unfortunately my linguistic knowledge is very IE-centric. [:$] In Europe, S...
by Aszev
16 Jan 2020 20:35
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Today I learned ...
Replies: 54
Views: 51530

Re: Today I learned ...

My impression is that syncretism precedes obligatory pronouns, but that it really doesn't seem to take that much to trigger this development -- certainly not a lot more than we find in pro-drop languages where there is no indication of pronouns becoming obligatory. In the Germanic languages, overt s...
by Aszev
15 Jan 2020 13:51
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Today I learned ...
Replies: 54
Views: 51530

Re: Today I learned ...

The other day I learned that it is typologically very ususual for languages to mark person on verbs while also having obligatory subject pronouns. According to Haspelmath (2001), this is over-represented in major European languages, making it seem more 'normal' than it actually is. In Europe it occu...
by Aszev
18 Dec 2019 15:37
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 312
Views: 222356

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

The good news is that I did take a database back up before the 'snap' so the data may be recoverable eventually. However, this is also a good reminder that if you want anything saved you should not rely on an internet forum. Has there been any progress on this front? It would be nice. I noticed tha...
by Aszev
22 Sep 2019 17:14
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The alphabet has a secret and has been found
Replies: 44
Views: 2113

Re: The alphabet has a secret and has been found

Locking this thread. Thevietguy, if you want to partake in serious discussions about linguistics, feel free to. But if your only goal is to preach about unsupported ideas while ignoring any constructive reply, then you can do so elsewhere.
by Aszev
25 Aug 2019 00:44
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are you a hunter-gatherer or a farmer?
Replies: 6
Views: 2630

Re: Are you a hunter-gatherer or a farmer?

Myers-Briggs (MBTI) lacks any form of scientific validity, and is essentially a modern-day horoscope. Since the original topic (unwittingly or not) promotes MBTI as meaningful, I have removed the link, as I do not wish for this forum to become a platform for spreading the notion that there is anythi...
by Aszev
18 Jul 2019 11:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 933283

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

Are there other natlangs that have different forms of adjectives depending on whether they're used attributively or predicatively? I'm sure I know examples, I just can't think of any right now. Are they always a few irregular forms (like English my vs. mine and lone vs. alone) or are there any lang...
by Aszev
13 Jul 2019 01:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Gadish - a isolate in Northern Sweden
Replies: 21
Views: 2008

Re: Gadish - a isolate in Northern Sweden

The name of the lang is Gadamål (yes mål is borrowing). Gadamål sounds like a legit name of a Swedish or Norwegian dialect. So, is that a bad thing? Not at all. Swedish features (some of them may be just accidentally shared) - pitch accent - two accentuations (two-peak accent and one peak accent) C...
by Aszev
12 Jul 2019 13:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Gadish - a isolate in Northern Sweden
Replies: 21
Views: 2008

Re: Gadish - a isolate in Northern Sweden

Some assorted comments. Not intended as nitpicky. The name of the lang is Gadamål (yes mål is borrowing). Gadamål sounds like a legit name of a Swedish or Norwegian dialect. The Swedish name is Gadisk. This doesn't work, it would have to be gadiska . However depending on the origins of the name it w...
by Aszev
17 May 2019 10:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5943
Views: 1405440

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

Here are two articles about ongoing tonogenesis in Afrikaans and Seoul Korean . You could also check out Punjabi (tone) and Serbo-Croatian (pitch accent). In Mainland Scandinavian, pitch accent arose primarily from the contrast between mono- and polysyllabic words. Osc. axl > Sw. ˈaxel (shoulder) OS...
by Aszev
15 May 2019 20:16
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How do you pronounce everyone else's nick?
Replies: 20
Views: 6308

Re: How do you pronounce everyone else's nick?

I suppose a more relevant way of reviving this topic would be to use names of people that are active nowadays.

(And also to take the time to learn how they spell it. It's somewhat disheartening to see that about a third of the posts here containing my username have it wrong.)
by Aszev
14 May 2019 18:40
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 312
Views: 222356

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

The board does have a poll feature, it's just never been enabled. My rationale behind this has been that a) polls are easily abused or turned into something annoying (like if you end up having lots of polls with dumb/simplistic/loaded questions), and b) polls don't really give any depth unless the p...
by Aszev
07 May 2019 20:03
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs
Replies: 2265
Views: 289647

Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs

Does sleje mean 'hit, blow', or is somehow related to En. slay, Ger. schlagen, etc?
by Aszev
07 May 2019 19:57
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Language practice thread
Replies: 2528
Views: 585269

Re: Language practice thread

mais j'ai l'habitude de parler tout seul en français.[/b] but I often talk to myself in French. Je trouve que parler avec soi-même est excellent pour pratiquer. I think that speaking to yourself is excellent for practice. J'ai pas trop de mal à pratiquer l'écriture parce que j'ai toujours été doué ...