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by Ser
03 Dec 2019 22:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Miscellaneous fun facts about your conlang to share and know
Replies: 22
Views: 498

Re: Miscellaneous fun facts about your conlang to share and know

Before I continue this post, I shall remind readers that I unfortunately conflate "structural terms" and "functional terms", the latter being more acceptable amongst linguists (but idc because it's much simpler for me to describe my conlang from its perspectives and principles). When I say "passive...
by Ser
03 Dec 2019 12:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Grammar milestones
Replies: 26
Views: 7561

Re: Grammar milestones

Why not 50,000? Kankonian has over 45,000 already, and I'm still too young to become president of the United States. My Kankonian grammar now comes out at 150 pages as a Corel WordPerfect document! I have to ask: perhaps you're a bit of a funny person, but why do you say your conlang has more than ...
by Ser
03 Dec 2019 08:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Miscellaneous fun facts about your conlang to share and know
Replies: 22
Views: 498

Re: Miscellaneous fun facts about your conlang to share and know

Certainly, Quenya is not an exolang, but you said griuskant would get "passive nouns, possessive verbs, imperative prepositions, passive intransitives, active modals etc." Isn't this something that would never happen in a human natlang, or am I up for an ANADEW surprise here? Uh, I'm bilingual and ...
by Ser
03 Dec 2019 08:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Californian Polynesian
Replies: 40
Views: 478

Re: Californian Polynesian

GoshDiggityDangit wrote:
03 Dec 2019 08:16
Don’t you get me thinking about making another Poly-Lang.
lol I think this is the first time I see "poly-lang" meaning "Polynesian conlang". I've seen "polylang" before, but meaning "polysynthetic conlang".
by Ser
03 Dec 2019 07:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Today I learned ...
Replies: 41
Views: 50869

Re: Today I learned ...

Today I learned that that French "on" derives from the nominative meaning 'man' while "homme" derives from the accusative. Thus "on" has a very similar history to Germanic "man". I had thought it was related to "un" and similar to English "one". I was very surprised when I read about that years ago...
by Ser
03 Dec 2019 07:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Californian Polynesian
Replies: 40
Views: 478

Re: Californian Polynesian

This thread reminds me, something I've always found fun is that the practice of blackening teeth with a layer of lacquer in order to protect them into old age was historically found in Japan, Micronesia, parts of the Philippines, parts of the Chinese mainland close to the Philippines (the practice i...
by Ser
03 Dec 2019 00:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4415
Views: 921587

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

Ursus > ours /uʁs/ is definitely an exception, cf. cursus 'flow' > cours /kuʁ/ 'path; flow', morsus 'bitten thing, animal' > mors /mɔʁ/ 'horse bit'. It's still an animate though. It reminds me of the similar Spanish retention of the nominative serpēns > sierpe 'snake' (as a doublet of the much more...
by Ser
03 Dec 2019 00:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: YAHOO GROUP MESSAGES DOWNLOAD
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: YAHOO GROUP MESSAGES DOWNLOAD

If there is a Yahoo Group you'd like to download but are not able to with that tool, let me know. I like to download these Yahoo Groups : 1. Dene-Caucasian Languages & Linguistics (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Dene_Caucasian/info) 2. Theudiskon (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Theudiskon...
by Ser
27 Nov 2019 07:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 689
Views: 184825

Re: False cognates

Japanese nani 'what?'
Inuktitut nani 'where?'
by Ser
22 Nov 2019 00:50
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1862
Views: 341368

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

So, as Zekoslav doesn't want to suggest a word, how about this from not-a-real-Romlang, just a thought experiment I had that hasn't got any actual history or anything attached (yet, at least): ogajaitar /ogadZajtar/ Judging by the -ar ending, I imagine this is either an -āre infinitive or an adject...
by Ser
21 Nov 2019 17:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: YAHOO GROUP MESSAGES DOWNLOAD
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: YAHOO GROUP MESSAGES DOWNLOAD

Which Yahoo Groups are you trying to download? When you say you can't download "Auxlang and Conlang group messages", what are you talking about? Are these the CONLANG and AUXLANG mailing lists, served by Brown University? These are mailing services served by computers at that university, and have no...
by Ser
18 Nov 2019 01:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5829
Views: 1385998

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

Are rhotacized long monophthongs better transcribed as [Vːʴ] or [Vʴː]? I'd choose [Vʴː]. Quality modifiers before quantity modifiers. It's always pretty awkward though. This works well for vowels, but for affricate consonants it gets trickier, e.g. Italian razzo 'rocket' and ragazzo 'boy' [ˈradzːo ...
by Ser
16 Nov 2019 02:50
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Origin of some English orthography inconsistencies
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Origin of some English orthography inconsistencies

Did this happen at some point for English? 800 > 1300 > 1700 > 2000 <ow> /ou/ > /u:/ > /au/ > /au/ (as in <now>) <ow> /ɔu/ > /o:/ > /ou/ > /əʉ/, or /ɞu/ in North America (as in <low>) <aw> /au/ > /ɒo/ > /ɔ:/ > /o:/, or /ɒ:~a:/ in North America No. More like: 800 > 1300 > 1700 > 2000 ** ow [aʊ] ** [...
by Ser
12 Nov 2019 20:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 2794
Views: 706952

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Nortaneous wrote:
12 Nov 2019 19:55
Ontena Gadsup
I... I-... I don't even.

I HAVE BEEN LIVING A LIE
by Ser
12 Nov 2019 20:26
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 346

Re: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic

Tanni, I... don't know what to say. It's amusing how Sal's posts are going completely over your head, although amusing in a rather bad way. Let's see if I can do any better. If I fail to convey the meanings as well, then I'd advise just giving up... 1. He wrote a thought experiment about a non-linea...
by Ser
08 Nov 2019 21:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: what brought you to conlanging?
Replies: 26
Views: 492

Re: what brought you to conlanging?

As Pabappa said, this forum is mostly for people who make their own conlangs, who typically don't learn them even then, not people who learn others' conlangs such as Esperanto or Klingon. By the way, although Pabappa mentioned his interest in Láadan to give you an answer more relevant to you, he has...
by Ser
03 Nov 2019 17:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5829
Views: 1385998

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

Is Old/Middle Chinese not occasionally reconstructed with post-initial /j/ that was basically lost everywhere. It's often still there in Mandarin. In fact, this is one of the only two things where Mandarin is more conservative than most other Chinese varieties (the other being the presence of retro...
by Ser
01 Nov 2019 22:55
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Ogden's "Basic English" for other languages?
Replies: 17
Views: 1180

Re: Ogden's "Basic English" for other languages?

The Royal Spanish Academy has published the word frequencies of its CREA corpus of modern Spanish (the RAE also has the CORDE, a corpus of historical Spanish, but there's no frequencies for that). The frequencies can be accessed as text files here: http://corpus.rae.es/lfrecuencias.html Since some w...
by Ser
30 Oct 2019 20:38
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Ogden's "Basic English" for other languages?
Replies: 17
Views: 1180

Re: Ogden's "Basic English" for other languages?

Thanks! But I don't know how to open LaTex codes [:(] The LaTeX code is a source text. You need to download and install a LaTeX distribution such as MiKTeX . Send me a personel message. I don't think expecting users to install and compile LaTeX sources is reasonable though. [xD] Man, just provide a...
by Ser
25 Oct 2019 23:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4415
Views: 921587

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

I've often noticed that in English (and other IE languages), the oblique form isn't so much an "object" form as much as it's a "not-subject" form and is the default used in syntactically unclear situations like exclamations or topic-marking. Concerning English I vs. me , and similarly in French je ...