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by Ser
22 Nov 2019 00:50
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1816
Views: 337244

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: 3
Views: 99

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: 5799
Views: 1377282

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: 115

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: 2793
Views: 701793

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: 320

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: 453

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: 5799
Views: 1377282

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: 970

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: 970

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: 4405
Views: 916098

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 ...
by Ser
24 Oct 2019 06:18
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 384
Views: 149207

Re: English Orthography Reform

Wel, u can wate until sum peeple "in the frunt" start using mor logical spellings to start using it, or u can be one of those peeple in the frunt who start using it. I'm one of those peeple... The problem here is that using letters, such as c and u , as words originated text speak and will, very li...
by Ser
20 Oct 2019 19:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 384
Views: 149207

Re: If English used diacritics

Topic merged. I'm sad you or some other mod deleted thevietguy's esoteric post with magic circles explaining why the Vietnamese alphabet is superior to transcribe the world's languages. I was thinking of making a similar post elaborating on why Hebrew should be used instead, with a relevant diagram...
by Ser
20 Oct 2019 19:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5799
Views: 1377282

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

There doesn't appear to be a really pithy way, but Sal makes a great point: maybe there doesn't need to be. Maybe the question is just, "How do you use a question to shift the topic in this language?" I think it'd be nice to have such a term, but we don't. It's something that linguists often don't ...
by Ser
18 Oct 2019 07:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5799
Views: 1377282

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

Pabappa's observation is very relevant. A "what about" question can be classified in various of the other categories you provide. "Is Alice the murderer?" "No." "What about Bob?" "Yes." (Polar and direct.) "Who is the murderer?" "Alice." "And what about the driver that helped the murderer?" "Bob." (...
by Ser
17 Oct 2019 08:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 384
Views: 149207

Re: If English used diacritics

how could we be so ignorant the IPA, the IPA, the IPA, the IPA, the IPA, the IPA, the IPA,..., the IPA is the new English that used diacritics. Yeah, but it is wacko, in my opinion. We rather go to Vietnam and learn it's alphabet, which is a more modern alphabet. The IPA was invented to transcribe ...
by Ser
16 Oct 2019 01:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5799
Views: 1377282

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

Is it at all possible that a language currently spoken in Europe could lack the phoneme /j/ except in the case of loanwords? I'm having a hard time finding any languages which lack the sound. Well, Spanish doesn't have /j/ (although it does have [j] as a glide following another consonant in the ons...
by Ser
15 Oct 2019 05:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Uuxh: An Introduction
Replies: 19
Views: 1202

Re: Uuxh: An Anti-Aesthetic Language

An SF/fantasy-style hatelang? Not enough apostrophes. The writing system could be made more annoying with -oo- for u:, so that the language would be called Ooxh. (More seriously, it'd be good for you to learn the difference between phonemes and phones. "/matʃu/ > /matʃʷ/ or /maᵘtʃ/" would be better ...
by Ser
08 Oct 2019 07:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 916098

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

2) Does any language have a vowel that can allophonically become every other vowel? I don't mean developing into new vowels or completely merging into other vowels, but only under some conditions merging with any one of the other vowels while also remaining distinct under some other conditions? The...
by Ser
07 Oct 2019 00:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 916098

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

My knowledge of Swedish is close to non-existent, admittedly. It's because I always slept through the Swedish classes at school and have never had any real interest in learning it for political reasons; mandatory Swedish annoys me and I dislike how Finland follows Sweden in everything, and hate how...