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by Alessio
13 Nov 2019 13:44
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

Re: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2

This thread is sending waves of nostalgia coursing through my sinuses. [:D] Speaking of nostalgia, do you know the Italian movie Amarcord from Federico Fellini? Well, he was from Rimini, a city by the sea in Emilia-Romagna. The title of the movie itself is in Emilian (the proper spelling in Vignole...
by Alessio
13 Nov 2019 13:42
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

Re: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2

Okay guys, so, first of all, I have two news. The bad news is I will be inactive for a while. The good news is that the reason for this is bringing quality to these lessons. I have been writing and rewriting the second lesson about personal pronouns, and I found out some obscure points that I don't ...
by Alessio
29 Oct 2019 21:27
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

Re: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2

So, are you ready for the big one? LESSON 4 VERB CONJUGATIONS, PART 1 Now that we know something about personal pronouns, we are finally ready to learn about verbs! Emilian has three main verb conjugations, based on their infinitive ending: Verbs in -êr (sometimes -ěr); Verbs in -er (unstressed); Ve...
by Alessio
28 Oct 2019 11:49
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

Re: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2

SG PL 1 mè nuêter/nuêtri 2 tè (v)uêter/(v)uêtri 3 ló/lě lǒr The use of noster / voster reflexes is super neat. It fits with illorum in the third-person plural. nuêter and vuêter do not come from noster and voster . They correspond to the Spanish nosotros/vosotros (we other/you other), that could be...
by Alessio
24 Oct 2019 20:28
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

Re: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2

LESSON 3 INTRODUCTION TO PERSONAL PRONOUNS I want to get talking about verbs as soon as possible, so that we can actually start building some sentences. But explaining verbs without knowing at least the bare minimum about personal pronouns would be impossible, so here we are! PERSONAL PRONOUN SETS ...
by Alessio
24 Oct 2019 17:44
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

Re: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2

In my understanding, the sound change that happened here is /e/ → Ø in unstressed position, as it's not an uncommon sound change in Emilian (quite the contrary, we're going to have to deal with it a lot soon enough), and feminine plural has /e/ in Italian. However, this would not explain why Emilian...
by Alessio
21 Oct 2019 19:14
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

Re: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2

Okay, let's get into the language some more! LESSON 2 NOUNS Nouns in Emilian are marked for gender and number. As in most Romance languages, they are not declined for case. This could be the right time to point out that much of the Emilian lexicon is of Latin origin, but there are many words, even v...
by Alessio
21 Oct 2019 13:33
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

Re: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2

Thank you both for being part of this thread! If I remember correctly, you both used to follow the old thread as well. Keep spreading knowledge on the language and its status, it's important that we do all we can to prevent our "dialects" from dying off! So, first of all, thanks for pointing out tha...
by Alessio
20 Oct 2019 11:46
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

Re: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2

Okay, it took me way more than I would have expected, but here we are! LESSON 1 PHONETICS & SPELLING So, since you've read my overlong introduction, I would like to officially welcome you to my Emilian course! Our first lessons will be about the phonetics of the Emilian language which, as you will s...
by Alessio
01 Sep 2019 09:20
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2
Replies: 18
Views: 2401

A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2

Well, it's been a while! My original Emilian lessons thread dates back to 2014 and hasn't been updated much since. In fact, it has lost all but its last page and I have no idea why... As we say in Italy, not everything that's bad happens to hurt you, and on this spirit I decided that the lessons had...
by Alessio
17 Aug 2019 20:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Semantic primes morphology
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Semantic primes morphology

Lately I'm obsessed with semantic primes, to the point I decided I want to try to build a conlang basing its morphology entirely on them. It seems so natural to have a language express all of its concepts via units that have an inherent meaning, therefore having words that describe themselves, witho...
by Alessio
13 Aug 2019 14:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 23
Views: 7790

Re: Languages with interesting phonotactics

Chechen allows geminates on onset. Likewise, famously, much of Italian. EDIT: although in Italian iirc it's a syntactic mutation, not lexical. You mean the a[k] casa thing? Or does Italian do something else? I'm guessing so. Italian does not allow geminates on onset normally. Moreover the syntactic...
by Alessio
26 Jul 2019 14:37
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Tgnàmm Bôta - Emilian lessons and resources
Replies: 6
Views: 15243

Re: Tgnàmm Bôta - Emilian lessons and resources

The guy was lucky, I read the message on time haha Yeah, this thread is kinda dead. I don't really have the time to write lessons anymore - I work now - and also I would need to do some changes due to my slightly increased knowledge of the language. Let's just say that it would be a good idea to jus...
by Alessio
26 Aug 2018 12:07
Forum: Translations
Topic: Fish smoking cigarettes
Replies: 28
Views: 12456

Re: Fish smoking cigarettes

:ita: Italiano Italian does not make any distinction, unless you can somehow find two nouns with different genders. The most natural translation would be Siete pregati di non gettare mozziconi di sigaretta per terra. I pesci vengono fuori dal mare la sera per fumar li , e stiamo cercando di aiutar l...
by Alessio
28 Jul 2018 20:21
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 248
Views: 117211

Re: Jokes

A couple of good old Emilian jokes - as usual, written in the Vignolese dialect. "Bâbo, mo cuṡ'ě-la la bigamìa?" "L'è avěr-eg na mujěra ed trôp..." "E la monogamìa?" "... cumpagn" "Hey dad, what's bigamy?" "It's having one wife too many." "And monogamy?" "... the same" This one has two versions: I g...
by Alessio
12 Jul 2018 20:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 739
Views: 163473

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

This one just came to my mind. In English, cool /kuːl/ is something you'd definitely like being. In many Gallo-Italic languages, instead, cûl /kuːl/ is... well, your butt. So if you are speaking to an elder in northern Italy, avoid telling him that he's cool using the English word (which is also a l...
by Alessio
07 Jul 2018 18:15
Forum: Translations
Topic: The island watches
Replies: 8
Views: 5140

Re: The island watches

:ita: Italiano Oggi scrivo questa pagina di diario all'ombra delle foglie di una palma ondeggiante. /'ɔddʒi 'skrivo 'kwesta 'padʒina di di'arjo al'l‿ombra delle 'fɔʎʎe di 'una 'palma onded'dʒante/ oggi scriv-o quest-a pagina di diario a la ombra di le fogli-e di un-a palma ondeggi-ante today write-1...
by Alessio
21 Jun 2018 13:57
Forum: Translations
Topic: About
Replies: 12
Views: 8539

Re: About

NB: the translation of "about", when applicable, is marked by an italic style. :ita: Italiano 1. Non riesco a smettere di pensare a quella ragazza. 2. Ci abbiamo messo circa cinquanta giorni a dipingere le pareti del castello. 3. Stavo per dare un morso al mio panino. ( be about to = stare per ) 4. ...
by Alessio
19 Jun 2018 08:56
Forum: Translations
Topic: I am king of kings
Replies: 74
Views: 48707

Re: I am king of kings

:ita: Italian Sono il re dei re. /'sono il re dei̯ re/ sono il re de-i re be.1SG DEF.MS king of-DEF.MP kings :ita: Emilian - Dialàt Vgnulěṡ (specific variety of an Italian local language) A soun al rè di rè. /a sɒ̃ʊ̃n‿al rε di rε/ a soun al rè d-i rè 1SG be.1SG DEF.MS king of-DEF.MP kings :con: Heca...
by Alessio
16 Jun 2018 22:18
Forum: Translations
Topic: Sun always...
Replies: 7
Views: 2436

Re: Sun always...

:ita: Italiano Il sole splende sempre, anche se non lo vedi. /il 'sole 'splεnde 'sεmpre 'anke se non lo 'vedi/ il sole splend-e sempre anche se non lo ved-i DEF.MS sun shine-3SG always even if NEG 3SG.MS.OBJ see-2SG :ita: Emilian - Dialàt vgnulěṡ (specific variety of a local language of Italy) Al sǒ...