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by gach
26 Jan 2019 00:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lkal sik
Replies: 13
Views: 1470

Re: Lkal sik

I’d recommend reading the 1976 book “Subject and topic”, edited by Charles N. Li. https://books.google.com/books?id=EP5sAAAAIAAJ&q=inauthor:%22Charles+N.+Li%22&dq=inauthor:%22Charles+N.+Li%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwinlMi0h4jgAhVLOq0KHdiQCZ4Q6AEINTAC Well, that book went on order then. Thanks for the...
by gach
24 Jan 2019 22:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lkal sik
Replies: 13
Views: 1470

Re: Lkal sik

OK, seems that I at least need to grab Lambrecht and finally read it cover to cover. And if I don't find anything terribly useful, there's always the chance in conlanging to have a go at experimental typology and try to figure out yourself what sort of things work out better than others. How do you ...
by gach
23 Jan 2019 01:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lkal sik
Replies: 13
Views: 1470

Re: Lkal sik

Another thing I've been thinking of is that despite paying a lot of attention to dealing with information structure in conlanging, I've never actually started a topic prominent language. This is an obvious gap that needs to be filled and I've chosen to use Lkal sik for the purpose. As you may notice...
by gach
22 Jan 2019 23:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Miršian - a Finnic conlang
Replies: 11
Views: 388

Re: Miršian - a Finnic conlang

- Lack of partitive singular, partitive plural develops to an indefinite plural absolutive Do you have anything more ready on this subject? It sounds like it could be interesting. Is the partitive plural supposed to be in contrast with the definite nominative/accusative plural or do you have a more...
by gach
20 Jan 2019 22:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lkal sik
Replies: 13
Views: 1470

Re: Lkal sik

Glad that you like it. Egoforicity is one of those things which takes time before you start to understand it intuitively, especially in relation with classical evidentiality. Hence also the differences between my old and new posts. If you still wish to do reading for a future project using egoforici...
by gach
20 Jan 2019 21:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lkal sik
Replies: 13
Views: 1470

Re: Lkal sik

Due to work, I haven't found too much time or motivation for some time to be productive on the conlanging front (what you get for ending up in charge of three first author papers at the same time). I did, however, do a little more reading on egoforicity over the Christmas break, which made me recons...
by gach
01 Nov 2018 22:47
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: On Anti-Agreement Effects
Replies: 9
Views: 17097

Re: On Anti-Agreement Effects

I've been meaning to buy that book. Foley's "Papuan Languages of New Guinea" is one of the best / most interesting areal linguistic surveys I've read. I've been worrying that my agreement system is too complex (a kind of covert hierarchical agreement + anti-agreement effects), but Yimas sounds pret...
by gach
01 Nov 2018 17:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: On Anti-Agreement Effects
Replies: 9
Views: 17097

Re: On Anti-Agreement Effects

1. Does anyone have a detailed description of non-actor/non-subject anti-agreement effects in any language? 2. More specifically, does anyone have examples where contrastive/argument focus triggers such an anti-agreement effect? Foley's grammar of Yimas touches this briefly (pp. 232-235). The langu...
by gach
01 Nov 2018 15:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: In Other Community News...
Replies: 10
Views: 11347

Re: In Other Community News...

We are happy to announce that the 8th Language Creation Conference will take place in Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom, on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2019. Interesting proposition, I'd like to visit one of these at some point. Unfortunately this one is probably colliding with anot...
by gach
19 Oct 2018 12:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2886
Views: 267627

Re: Yay or Nay?

β > f is pretty rare and strange though. You can impose general devoicing of fricatives, though, in which case the change works nicely. Voicing distinction is anyway less common on fricatives than on stops (https://wals.info/feature/4A#2/19.3/152.9), so loosing voicing on fricatives is not out of q...
by gach
16 Oct 2018 18:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14446
Views: 1171195

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

What's the boundary between polysynthetic and highly agglutinative? Like, when does a language start being polysynthetic? As you can see from the other responses, there isn't a satisfactorily clear-cut definition for what polysynthesis should mean. The usage of the term circles around high morpholo...
by gach
09 Oct 2018 13:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2886
Views: 267627

Re: Yay or Nay?

Since pː → pʰ is attested, how likely is the opposite pʰ → pː in an intervocalic environment? Both [pʰ] and [pː] could be viewed as fortis realizations of [p]. Yea or Nay on making them interchangeable intervocalically such that: p pʰ → f p \ V_V Maybe, though I'd like to see real world examples of...
by gach
27 Sep 2018 17:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6827
Views: 787914

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

Does anyone know anything about phenomena similar to consonant gradation in non-Uralic languages? At least Central Alaskan Yupik has rhythmic lengthening of vowels which triggers consonant gemination under certain conditions. It's not quite consonant gradation but it plays with similar underlying p...
by gach
19 Sep 2018 16:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 5114
Views: 599468

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

I do really like this, but it goes against many of my ideas for Limestone. It’s certainly not meant to have fifteen * consonant phonemes... I guess I’ll keep the fricative inventory at the back of my head until I think of another language to use it in. It's certainly a different style but at the sa...
by gach
11 Sep 2018 10:44
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The constants e and π in linguistics
Replies: 7
Views: 3826

Re: The constants e and π in linguistics

To make this more rigorous, you certainly need a comparison with the amount of languages where the number of values that these grammatical features get is a whole number below e. For instance, how common are three gender systems when compared to two gender systems or the lack of gender (i.e. "one ge...
by gach
10 Sep 2018 16:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11281
Views: 899049

Re: What did you accomplish today?

A possible gradation system for Limestone? p x w ps xs y pł xł r px x(x) w t s r/y ts s(s) ry tł ł r tsx sx rw k x w ks xs y kł xł r kx x(x) w What sound changes in what contexts cause them? The general idea is to do something vaguely Finnish albeit not as thoroughgoing. Most stems would only show ...
by gach
22 Aug 2018 22:40
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 740
Views: 206523

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

It's so funny that I can tell *exactly* what you're talking about. Timecube? Haven't actually received any of his, it's just that the same format is used by other people as well. Back in 2012 I received a long email from someone who claimed to have build a concise model of particle physics fully ba...
by gach
22 Aug 2018 17:58
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 740
Views: 206523

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

It's 2018, and we still don't have a social media site that allows one to customise one's own font family, font size, font colour or even background picture. I'd be more interested otherwise. When you work in the field of physical sciences, you tend to get the occasional crackpot spam from enthusia...
by gach
19 Jun 2018 21:04
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 6482

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]

In my opinion, if a reader approaches 2nd person more interested in fighting back, then maybe the problem lies not with the author or the writing but with the reader's lousy attitude! The whole point is to be immersed, to participate in the action. Like an actor getting into character, the reader o...
by gach
19 Jun 2018 17:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 6482

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]

Me I think if a good character writer simply ignored that (perceived?) stigma of insulting the reader, 2nd person could be a very powerful and immersive technique. Is there such a stigma? My thinking is that whether or not you'd take reading a 2nd person narrative as insulting, the major issue is t...