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by WeepingElf
28 Jun 2019 14:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 677
Views: 174467

Re: False cognates

Japanese 治す(naosu) "to cure, to heal" v.s. English nurse just found this: Aymara malku "king" v.s. the word for "king" in Semitic languages e.g. Hebrew מֶלֶךְ‏ (mélekh) "king" and Arabic مَلِك (malik) "king" Yes, I once found this in a list of bogus etymologies adduced as evidence for Atlantis. Ano...
by WeepingElf
22 Jun 2019 00:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Have you created any idioms in your conlangs? What are some examples?
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: Have you created any idioms in your conlangs? What are some examples?

I have several ideas for idioms in Old Albic, though I so far only know their literal translations, as the Old Albic lexicon is in an utter mess that needs to be cleared up. Here are two examples: "To celebrate the wedding without the bridepeople" - to neglect the most important point "As X as the S...
by WeepingElf
20 Jun 2019 18:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 677
Views: 174467

Re: False cognates

just found this: Aymara malku "king" v.s. the word for "king" in Semitic languages e.g. Hebrew מֶלֶךְ‏ (mélekh) "king" and Arabic مَلِك (malik) "king" Yes, I once found this in a list of bogus etymologies adduced as evidence for Atlantis. Another example is Nahuatl teotl 'god' vs. Latin deus and Gr...
by WeepingElf
13 Jun 2019 17:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Great Ahu Empire (Ια Αηυ Βαια) Conlang Scratchpad
Replies: 25
Views: 2355

Re: Great Agwu Empire (Ἁ Αζϝυ Βάϝα) Conlang Scratchpad

Are the sound changes below plausible? [f → ʘ] [v → ʘ̬] {mf nf mv nv → ʘ̃} [fʷ → ʘ͡q] [vʷ → ʘ͡ɢ] I don't think so - why should fricatives become clicks? But then, nobody really knows what clicks emerge from, which opens up a lot of speculation. My personal favourite is an origin from doubly articul...
by WeepingElf
05 Jun 2019 16:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Chébǒtlląñ
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: Chébǒtlląñ

I like this, an interesting phonology, and it has clicks, which concurs with my opinion that before the Bantu expansion, many if not most languages of Africa south of the Equator probably had them. But please tell us what the capital letters in your morphology examples stand for.
by WeepingElf
02 Jun 2019 22:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332380

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

I'd choose option 3.
by WeepingElf
31 May 2019 16:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4372
Views: 886660

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

IMHO the evidence in favour of *h4 is so flimsy that positing such an entity makes more problems than sense.
by WeepingElf
17 May 2019 21:46
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: XKCD 2149:_Alternate_Histories is funny & especially for Conworlders!
Replies: 10
Views: 1184

Re: XKCD 2149:_Alternate_Histories is funny & especially for Conworlders!

I lost interest in alternative histories when I realized that most of those only serve to make a right-wing political point by making a lost cause desired by the author (such as racial purity) triumphant or by excising a successful cause despised by the author (such as the welfare state) from history.
by WeepingElf
11 May 2019 16:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Should Romanisations be "Necessary"?
Replies: 23
Views: 1128

Re: Should Romanisations be "Necessary"?

@Shemtov: There are good reasons not to use IPA for (conlangs that represent) reconstructed proto-languages - usually, the phonetic values of the phonemes in such languages are not known well (see, for instance, the ongoing discussion of the PIE laryngeals), so any IPA rendition would be overspecifi...
by WeepingElf
10 May 2019 23:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Should Romanisations be "Necessary"?
Replies: 23
Views: 1128

Re: Should Romanisations be "Necessary"?

Romanizations are more convenient, to casual readers at least, but also when it comes to typing them, using them in a HTML presentation etc., than conscripts. It is also better to use a romanization customized to the language (or language group; it often makes sense to use the same conventions for s...
by WeepingElf
10 May 2019 23:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332380

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

It at least appears to have been that way in (Late) Proto-Indo-European: stative verbs ("perfects") are a third category besides imperfective ("present") and perfective ("aorist") verbs. Thanks for the answer! So in that system, how do you describe a state that's in the past and no longer true? Als...
by WeepingElf
09 May 2019 18:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332380

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

It at least appears to have been that way in (Late) Proto-Indo-European: stative verbs ("perfects") are a third category besides imperfective ("present") and perfective ("aorist") verbs.
by WeepingElf
29 Apr 2019 16:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 98
Views: 41922

Re: Surprising cognates

Well, 'oil' has undergone the same kind of shift in English.
by WeepingElf
17 Apr 2019 18:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Bodus and the Bodusians
Replies: 19
Views: 2780

Re: Bodus and the Bodusians

One nitpick: Habitable planets don't have icy moons, because ice evaporates at a very low temperature in vacuum. If the planet is warm enough to be habitable, its moons are too warm for ice to subsist on their surface. Wow, really? This guide mentions icy moons, so I assumed they were possible on a...
by WeepingElf
16 Apr 2019 16:52
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Bodus and the Bodusians
Replies: 19
Views: 2780

Re: Bodus and the Bodusians

One nitpick: Habitable planets don't have icy moons, because ice evaporates at a very low temperature in vacuum. If the planet is warm enough to be habitable, its moons are too warm for ice to subsist on their surface. Wow, really? This guide mentions icy moons, so I assumed they were possible on a...
by WeepingElf
14 Apr 2019 13:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332380

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

Okay. Thanks, guys. I'm shifting it to a more setting-correct language because the Nagaji, the speakers I was referring to, aren't anthro snakes. Rather, they were once human and, thus, can produce every sound we can. However, I still love the idea of only voiceless consonants being native to the l...
by WeepingElf
09 Apr 2019 15:49
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Vega Uniwarsum
Replies: 2
Views: 691

Re: Vega Uniwarsum

Vega Uniwesum This is the world from my novel. The main planet is Vega circling around Proxima centauri. The day lasts 28 hours and 365 days of these days. This doesn't make sense. Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf, so a habitable planet would have to be much closer to it than Earth, with the year be...
by WeepingElf
07 Apr 2019 20:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 737
Views: 150758

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

I don't know if this has already been posted, but:

:deu: wer 'who'
:deu: wo 'where'
by WeepingElf
07 Apr 2019 20:55
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Bodus and the Bodusians
Replies: 19
Views: 2780

Re: Bodus and the Bodusians

One nitpick: Habitable planets don't have icy moons, because ice evaporates at a very low temperature in vacuum. If the planet is warm enough to be habitable, its moons are too warm for ice to subsist on their surface.
by WeepingElf
27 Mar 2019 22:52
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?
Replies: 15
Views: 2430

Re: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?

I can't remember seeing a penguin conlang, but googling for "penguin conlang" throws up this old Reddit thread in which penguin phonology was discussed. But my proposal to use sapient penguins rather than humans was not very serious. Certainly, a sapient penguin species is a MUCH bigger stretch, rea...