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by clawgrip
21 Jun 2019 14:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14769
Views: 1258189

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

I mean, in English we can just say 'three four-hundredths' for 3/400. So if you wanted 1/27, you could say 'one twenty-and-seventh' or simply 'one twenty-seventh'. No, because one twenty seventh or "seventh ten two (one)" would be interpreted as 20/7. However, I'm not entirely sure I've understood ...
by clawgrip
18 Jun 2019 13:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2913
Views: 285406

Re: Yay or Nay?

I have two language families that occupy the same geographical area in a conworld. Although they are not related, for some reason or another they both form the passive voice through reduplication of the initial syllable of the stem. This was not actually planned, as I think I unconsciously reused t...
by clawgrip
13 Jun 2019 14:45
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Some Miscellaneous Realism Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 367

Re: Some Miscellaneous Realism Questions

4. What would classifiers come from? They would come from regular words. Think of phrases like one sheet of paper, one stick of butter; it's not a major jump to get from there to phrases like one sheet of towel, one stick of pencil...and once you're there, it's only one more small jump to phrases l...
by clawgrip
09 Jun 2019 23:43
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Lesson/Guide Requests
Replies: 303
Views: 151898

Re: Lesson/Guide Requests

Use lots of rebus writing, to the point where there may be as many phonetic signs as logographic signs. Don't merge multiple signs into single compound characters like Chinese does; leave them independent and string them together. It's not really a guide, but I have made a language with a sort of Eg...
by clawgrip
09 Jun 2019 15:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2913
Views: 285406

Re: Yay or Nay?

Looks like it's a go, then.

I have been away from here too long. It's nice to see responses from familiar names. Thanks, everyone.
by clawgrip
09 Jun 2019 13:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2913
Views: 285406

Re: Yay or Nay?

I have two language families that occupy the same geographical area in a conworld. Although they are not related, for some reason or another they both form the passive voice through reduplication of the initial syllable of the stem. This was not actually planned, as I think I unconsciously reused th...
by clawgrip
05 Jun 2019 14:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6970
Views: 841441

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

A question about Japanese, since this has been bothering me ever since I posted a suggestion for sound changes in LinguistCat's "Cat Japanese" conlang thread using an example of this (possibly incorrect?) construction. In constructions like X的なY , when is the な after the 的 necessary, and when is it...
by clawgrip
18 Oct 2018 23:51
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 731
Views: 137602

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

:jpn: 顔 kao face :eng: cow Like most, if not all, Japanee/English pairings in this topic, this is based on an (incorrect) English diphthongization of Japanese vowels. 顔 Kao should be pronounced [kä.o̞]. In a similar vein, there is an online business supplies/other things store we use frequently at ...
by clawgrip
18 Oct 2018 23:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Script preference
Replies: 18
Views: 10323

Re: Script preference

That would likely be the case. If all personal endings were distinct, like Spanish, they would probably be indicated, but with only the s, it's a fully predictable inflection (as long as the plurality of the subject is indicated. And because of the importance of plurality in English, I suspect that ...
by clawgrip
18 Oct 2018 02:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Script preference
Replies: 18
Views: 10323

Re: Script preference

Hanzi alone may not work well for synthetic languages, but they can work on synthetic languages with a set of additional purely-phonemic symbols. Two examples are Japanese and pre-1950 Korean. Outside of Chinese, there are synthetic languages using a logographic writing system, such as Sumerian(cun...
by clawgrip
18 Oct 2018 00:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: A Curious Kind of English
Replies: 7
Views: 5546

Re: A Curious Kind of English

So why shouldnt there be people out there spelling the way they like? Especially in a time where the spelling wasnt as universal as it is now. Even if there are some words with 2 or more variant spellings nowadays, too. Well, the OP was not questioning whether or not the author of the text should b...
by clawgrip
21 Aug 2018 01:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6970
Views: 841441

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

Or you could more directly say something like "I'm worried that you may already have this, but..."
by clawgrip
20 Aug 2018 08:02
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6970
Views: 841441

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

There is no translation of hope that is used in the way it is in English, and to attempt to translate it directly would be forcing English patterns of speech on Japanese. You could say something like "I apologize if you already have this." Though to be honest, it seems like an odd sentiment, if that...
by clawgrip
08 Aug 2018 02:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14769
Views: 1258189

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

Yes, exactly. The Japanese verb is also used for things being located somewhere. 私は、車があります。 Watashi wa, kuruma ga arimasu. 1-TOP car NOM exist However, as k1234567890y mentioned, this can also be said using the hold verb: 私は、車を持っています。 Watashi wa, kuruma o motte imasu. 1-TOP car ACC hold-ADV be.
by clawgrip
06 Aug 2018 23:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14769
Views: 1258189

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

In languages like Japanese and Manchu, you traditionally say something like "there is a car at Nachtuil" instead of "Nachtuil has a car" to indicate the meaning "Nachtuil has a car"...although Japanese seems to be developing a verb for "to have". You can look at this to draw inspirations: http://wa...
by clawgrip
06 Aug 2018 23:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: europidjin? euroblabla? europex?
Replies: 59
Views: 25060

Re: europidjin? euroblabla? europex?

Keenir2 wrote:
06 Aug 2018 23:14
a language without homophones? interesting. what are the minimum pairs like, to avoid such confusion?
That's not what was said. There are no homographs that aren't also homophones, not no homophones at all.
by clawgrip
05 Aug 2018 12:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 141789

Re: How deranged is the English spelling system?

By the definition of dictionaries like Merriam-Webster, "control by one power over a dependent area or people", the japanese occupation of half Asia and Pacific was colonialism too. But usually when people talk about colonialism in the west, they mean occupying a country which doesnt have a common ...
by clawgrip
04 Aug 2018 03:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Caber Logograms
Replies: 150
Views: 22087

Re: Caber Logograms

Yeah, the more characters you design, the easier it gets, because you have more components to work with.
by clawgrip
03 Aug 2018 09:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 141789

Re: How deranged is the English spelling system?

Zé do Rock wrote:
03 Aug 2018 06:37
Keenir wrote:
01 Aug 2018 22:46
wait, ... Japan [doesn't] count as a colonial power?
I guess this is a matter of definition
Ask Korea if it's a matter of definition. Ask China. Ask Indonesia. Ask Vietnam. Ask Cambodia. Ask Thailand. Ask Myanmar. Ask Laos. Ask Malaysia. Ask Philippines. Ask Manchukuo...wait, don't ask them.
by clawgrip
02 Aug 2018 10:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Caber Logograms
Replies: 150
Views: 22087

Re: Caber Logograms

How's Caber doing, these days? Any updates? New glyphs?