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by KaiTheHomoSapien
14 Feb 2020 18:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6678
Views: 1081299

Re: What did you accomplish today?

^Welcome back, OTheB. I certainly recognize your name and remember you as one of the regulars. [:)]
by KaiTheHomoSapien
14 Feb 2020 18:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 937689

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

Sanskrit question: What sound, exactly, does the letter "ḥ" represent? How come I see it in noun declension tables in word-final position where I would expect to see "s" (and often do see "s")? Was final "s" not pronounced /s/ in Sanskrit? I'm just a little confused.
by KaiTheHomoSapien
11 Feb 2020 18:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: “No yeah no” and “yeah no yeah”
Replies: 10
Views: 189

Re: “No yeah no” and “yeah no yeah”

I tend to say "No, yeah, no, I know" a lot. It's obnoxious. I seem to say this when I slightly resent what someone is telling me but also can't disagree with it. I also use a lot of "yeah, no" when I'm uncertain about what I'm saying.
by KaiTheHomoSapien
10 Feb 2020 00:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 937689

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

I've found this discussion to be very interesting, just to be clear, even if it's veered away from my original question. [:)]

And fugater, that is so close to thygater. But yes, I do think it would likely not have preserved that unusual inflection.
by KaiTheHomoSapien
07 Feb 2020 17:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 937689

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

Thanks for the answer. fuhater/fuctres seems a little unsual, though. Are there any examples of Latin nouns whose nominative singular contains an intervocalic /h/ and the other forms show /k/?
by KaiTheHomoSapien
06 Feb 2020 21:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 937689

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

So if Latin had gotten its word for "daughter" from *dʰugh₂tḗr, would the word have been "fūter"?

I'm just thinking about alternative Latin again :P
by KaiTheHomoSapien
06 Feb 2020 18:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Any unusual or humorous sources of words in your conlang(s)?
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Re: Any unusual or humorous sources of words in your conlang(s)?

^Thanks for your answer. Great examples! That is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for.
by KaiTheHomoSapien
05 Feb 2020 21:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Any unusual or humorous sources of words in your conlang(s)?
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Any unusual or humorous sources of words in your conlang(s)?

I'm not talking about an unusual in-world etymology, but a humorous or unusual way you created a word for your conlang. Examples: The Selbic word for "I fish" is ghōmi (3rd person ghōti , pronounced /'ɣo.ti/), derived from the linguistic joke of the English sounds "ghoti" being pronounced "fish" (fr...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
26 Jan 2020 07:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Today I learned ...
Replies: 54
Views: 51695

Re: Today I learned ...

I'd never heard of a Chinese state called "E" before, but here it is:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_(state)

Man, the elision that occurred in Mandarin is just crazy. Original "ngak" becomes "e". The other dialects retain pronunciations more like the original.
by KaiTheHomoSapien
24 Jan 2020 23:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lihmelinyan 2.0
Replies: 0
Views: 116

Lihmelinyan 2.0

Hello all [:)] This is not a radical re-imagining of my primary conlang. It's an updated, more streamlined presentation of it. When I first presented Lihmelinyan here, I was still in high school; I had not even taken an intro linguistics course. Safe to say I knew a lot for my age, but I know more n...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
20 Jan 2020 17:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 937689

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

Thanks. We learned about markedness hierarchies in my typology class last quarter. :)
by KaiTheHomoSapien
19 Jan 2020 19:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 937689

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

Thanks for the answers, everyone [:D]

What do you think of my theory that because the dual is inherently marginal (people are simply more likely to refer to one of something or more than two of something than just two) it is inherently unstable and prone to decline?
by KaiTheHomoSapien
18 Jan 2020 07:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 937689

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

Yes, I know, the cyclic theory is something I'm really interested in. When I first began to study PIE, I was perplexed by why there was such elaborate inflection in the past that was only fated to vanish later on, as if there's a linear progression from more synthetic to more analytic that's some ki...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
18 Jan 2020 07:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 937689

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

Is the dual actually productive and in common use in any modern natlangs? It seems like the dual is something languages create early on only to later abandon, but I realize this is probably a heavily biased IE-centric view. Unfortunately my linguistic knowledge is very IE-centric. [:$]
by KaiTheHomoSapien
17 Jan 2020 22:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Proto-(Indo)-Mesopotamian (IE diachronic lang)
Replies: 10
Views: 527

Re: Proto-(Indo)-Mesopotamian (IE diachronic lang)

Very cool! I love IE-langs with archaic features. [:D]
by KaiTheHomoSapien
15 Jan 2020 22:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Parallel Lexicon Sculpting
Replies: 430
Views: 83066

Re: Parallel Lexicon Sculpting

Next, please... Xáwi [ˈXaː.wi] n. Eyes, Ears, Nostrils, A Pair | ad. Something That Is A Pair Lih. háwie /'xa.wi.e/ - a couple, a pair genitive: héwiaus (This word has no singular and appears only in the dual or plural. The plural means "multiple pairs"). Next: elássēr /e.'las.seːr/ - eagle
by KaiTheHomoSapien
11 Jan 2020 07:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6678
Views: 1081299

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I always wanted Lihmelinyan to have a "jussive mood" instead of using the subjunctive for this function as I often found this confusing in Latin, with too many ways to translate the subjunctive in independent clauses (in Lihmelinyan, the subjunctive mood in independent clauses is by default a potent...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
06 Jan 2020 19:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexember 2019
Replies: 359
Views: 6068

Re: Lexember 2019

KaiTheHomoSapien: I like the overall feel/look of your languages. There's something very familiar about them, even as a priori languages. The Indo-European influence is definitely apparent. I was particularly interesting to compare the words you created for Arculese with your Lihmelinyan entries, a...
by KaiTheHomoSapien
06 Jan 2020 19:42
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 79
Views: 13545

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Grr, another dumb joke in a TV show suggesting that a name ending in "-ovich" had to be Romanian because "Romanian is a Slavic language" according to dumb pop culture. [>_<]
by KaiTheHomoSapien
28 Dec 2019 21:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 937689

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

:mrgreen: Thanks for the answers!

Another problematic term: "bimonthly". Does it mean "every two months" or "twice a month"? Wiktionary says "just don't use it!" I don't like the idea of words having to drop out of usage because of their ambiguity.