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by gach
11 Aug 2019 21:55
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 308
Views: 203537

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Khemehekis wrote:
11 Aug 2019 00:50
A reminder to everyone that Google Cache is your friend.
Or, indeed, a notebook and a pen. That way you won't depend on any computer infrastructure at all, except for communication.
by gach
10 Jul 2019 13:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5752
Views: 1346297

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

Participles can also be coopted as person markers, as seen for example in Finnic and Saamic. The obvious choise is from an active/agentive participle into 3rd person.
by gach
14 May 2019 20:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Development thread of my newest project
Replies: 32
Views: 701

Re: Omzinian Scrap thread

Actually I think egophoricity markers usually develop from existential copulae. But it's some years since I have read about them. That's true for Tibetan at least, but I wouldn't know how wide that typology extends beyond it. At least in Bunan egophoric marking developed from the reanalysis of pers...
by gach
07 May 2019 20:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Development thread of my newest project
Replies: 32
Views: 701

Re: Omzinian Scrap thread

The problem with egophoricity and morphology is that I don't know any language with both egophoricity marking and subject person agreement. Typologically they are distinct phenomena but I have no exemplars of natlangs. They usually don't occur together and egophoric marking certainly can develop fr...
by gach
07 May 2019 01:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Development thread of my newest project
Replies: 32
Views: 701

Re: Omzinian Scrap thread

What’s egophoricity again? It's about coding personal authority over the information; in the classical case being personal knowledge by the subject. The characteristic egophoric pattern is that you mark the 1st person in applicable declarative clauses and the 2nd person in questions, meaning that y...
by gach
24 Apr 2019 13:03
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Bodus and the Bodusians
Replies: 19
Views: 2957

Re: Bodus and the Bodusians

Khemehekis wrote:
24 Apr 2019 07:47
What does the diamond symbol (◊) in the equation mean?
That looks like fairly mangled up notation. The Wikipedia article on the Roche limit has what you seem to be looking for along with good discussion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roche_lim ... satellites
by gach
16 Apr 2019 16:02
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Astronomy workshop
Replies: 7
Views: 1183

Re: Astronomy workshop

I seem to recall that R needs to be in AUs, M is in Solar Masses and T is in Earth Years in years Yep, these particular units are in common use by people working with Solar System dynamics since they simplify the mathematics quite a bit. I will say that deciding the planet's orbit first and then tr...
by gach
12 Mar 2019 16:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895556

Re: Un-dotted...

What about a dotless ı + the combining short stroke overlay (U+0335) " ̵" > ı̵? At least for me it renders ugly on this board but that's not to say that it won't work properly in a correctly chosen font.
by gach
21 Feb 2019 07:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?
Replies: 18
Views: 994

Re: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?

Ohhhhh, I think I remembered it incorrectly, then [:P] I thought, when I wrote that post, that /i/ and /u/ were epenthetic (and conditioned or only appeared in borrowings. It's a cool system either way (unlike the Northwest Caucasian languages, it looks like there's less variation in how vowels are...
by gach
20 Feb 2019 07:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?
Replies: 18
Views: 994

Re: Constructed languages with only one vowel a or e, .....?

Although there are languages with just two vowels, most notably the Northwest Caucasian languages (although, as gestaltist points out, these tend to have a number of phonetic realisations depending on the surrounding consonants), but my favourite language for this sort of thing is Yimas. The proble...
by gach
26 Jan 2019 00:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lkal sik
Replies: 13
Views: 1895

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: 1895

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: 1895

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: 17
Views: 2927

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: 1895

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: 1895

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: 3
Views: 17994

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: 3
Views: 17994

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: 12077

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 13:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2108
Views: 305116

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...