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by Adarain
17 Feb 2018 18:18
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How would you redesign IPA?
Replies: 30
Views: 6110

Re: How would you redesign IPA?

On the vowel chart I would make the same adjustment that Frislander also wrote: make /æ/ the front and /a/ the central low vowels. This is basically how I see the letters used anyway though. I would bring back the affricate letters ʦ etc, leaving the tiebar as an option for rare affricates (not enco...
by Adarain
09 Feb 2018 17:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: One hour challenge - Da Vinci Quote
Replies: 2
Views: 525

One hour challenge - Da Vinci Quote

I ran this challenge on a conlanging chat, but I figured maybe some people here wanted in on the fun. The challenge is this: Within one hour, create a conlang sketch sufficient to translate the following text idiomatically: Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes ...
by Adarain
07 Feb 2018 00:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6785
Views: 720854

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

If you/whoever divide(s) it into 3 groups like that, then it depends on your/the author's definition. For example, trigger systems are definitely syntactic-based marking based on the usual morphosyntactic alignment categories, but your definition/explanation above seems to exclude it within any cat...
by Adarain
06 Feb 2018 21:26
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6785
Views: 720854

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

I myself don't see the particular distinction you make as being of any use. It appears to be circular and not lending itself into anything meaningful. It doesn’t come from me, the syntactic vs semantic based marking (which I don’t see any circularity in) comes from Dixon, he has an entire chapter a...
by Adarain
06 Feb 2018 17:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6785
Views: 720854

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

So there’s syntactic based marking like good old nom/acc and erg/abs and the likes, where some NPs are cast to S/A/P which then receive case marking as appropriate. There’s semantic based marking, where this intermediate step is skipped and nouns are marked based on their semantic roles (agent, pat...
by Adarain
06 Feb 2018 12:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6785
Views: 720854

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

So there’s syntactic based marking like good old nom/acc and erg/abs and the likes, where some NPs are cast to S/A/P which then receive case marking as appropriate. There’s semantic based marking, where this intermediate step is skipped and nouns are marked based on their semantic roles (agent, pati...
by Adarain
04 Feb 2018 21:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Sprachbund Theory
Replies: 10
Views: 2550

Re: Sprachbund Theory

Shemtov wrote:
04 Feb 2018 21:33
PU's contact with PT
Wasn’t Proto-Turkic spoken on the other side of Asia though?
by Adarain
04 Feb 2018 19:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak
Replies: 4
Views: 864

Re: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak

Next up: derivational morphology. I lied. I can’t really think of a way to make an interesting forum post on derivational morphology anyway, and I’ve kinda figured out what I wanted to in the meantime. However, another thing has come to mind that needs some working on, and that is the writing syste...
by Adarain
01 Feb 2018 16:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 234
Views: 26240

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

Ahzoh wrote:
31 Jan 2018 07:34
Regarding Japanese, I love it […]
Regarding Chinese, I hate alveolo-palatals.
Very curious this, considering the Japanese sh-, j- and ch- series are alveolo-palatal.
by Adarain
30 Jan 2018 15:47
Forum: Translations
Topic: each other
Replies: 34
Views: 6385

Re: each other

I’ll take this separate set of sentences instead to show the differences: :eng: English The children talked to them. The children talked to themselves. The children talked to each other. :che: Swiss German A different group is referred to by the normal third person plural pronoun. The “emphatic” pro...
by Adarain
29 Jan 2018 17:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11206
Views: 839080

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Picking up the mess that is my conlang after a few months hiatus. Put all my lexicon into a Dictionary made in LaTex, surprisingly easy, once you know how to do it that is. https://i.imgur.com/nE85JT3.png I would really suggest you fiddle with those paragraphs a bit. Making the par-indent go away w...
by Adarain
26 Jan 2018 20:14
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: First Linguistics Courses
Replies: 20
Views: 4322

Re: First Linguistics Courses

From what I hear here (Switzerland) there is a distinction between Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and I’d reckon SLP would be in the latter.
by Adarain
22 Jan 2018 23:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 234
Views: 26240

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

I find Pirahã to sound utterly repetitive (not surprising with the tiny phonological inventory, but even then seemingly every second syllable has /ai/ as the nucleus. Never liked the sound of Spanish very much, can't really pinpoint why. And while I love me some clicks I've yet to find a recording o...
by Adarain
20 Jan 2018 12:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11206
Views: 839080

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Picking up the mess that is my conlang after a few months hiatus. Put all my lexicon into a Dictionary made in LaTex, surprisingly easy, once you know how to do it that is. https://i.imgur.com/nE85JT3.png I would really suggest you fiddle with those paragraphs a bit. Making the par-indent go away w...
by Adarain
19 Jan 2018 15:49
Forum: Translations
Topic: Wants and needs
Replies: 54
Views: 10070

Re: Wants and needs

:che: Swiss German

I brucha Geld.
[i 'pɾuːxɐ 'g̊ɛlt]
1s need-1s money
“I need money”

I wett Geld ha.
[i 'ʋetː 'g̊ɛlt haː]
1s want.1s money have.INF
“I want to have money”

Miar fehlt’s an Geld.
[mɪɐɾ fɛːlts ɐn 'g̊ɛlt]
1s.DAT lack.3s-3sn at money
“I lack money”
by Adarain
13 Jan 2018 10:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 5087
Views: 556081

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

DesEsseintes wrote:
12 Jan 2018 14:31
/m n/
/t k ʔ/
/h/
/r w/

/a i/

Circumflexes should feature somehow.
Obviously /k ʔ/ ⟨k k̂⟩ ← that’s a combining diacritic, this forum’s font is bad.
by Adarain
12 Jan 2018 20:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak
Replies: 4
Views: 864

Re: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak

I really like your way of presentation.I have a question though. What is the pragmatic effect of your antipassive? Is it used for indefinite objects and things like that? This might have a bearing on your problem, IINM. Its main use is simply to feed the pivot, or to allow omission of the direct ob...
by Adarain
12 Jan 2018 18:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak
Replies: 4
Views: 864

Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak

Yes, I know I have a thread somewhere on here that already has some Mesak stuff in it. But iirc it also has things on Naksult’ and UPK in there, which no longer are part of the same conworld, and it’s such an old thread that it’s probably full of misinformation anyway. So I’m just making a new one. ...
by Adarain
11 Jan 2018 17:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?
Replies: 36
Views: 7003

Re: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?

I used to have that problem; now I kinda have the opposite where I never feel like working on new stuff (even though it would be interesting) and would rather just go back and add details to Mesak and its world.
by Adarain
11 Jan 2018 11:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1541
Views: 210417

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I guess I need me an avatar as well, huh. Shouldn’t be too hard to get my usual avatar ported over to here. I’ve also not been here for a while; decided yesterday to check out what’s changed here — a lot, just looking at how the forum looks now. Not so happy my beloved “unread posts” button is hidde...