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by Pabappa
03 Dec 2018 05:16
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Today I learned ...
Replies: 31
Views: 29133

Re: Today I learned ...

If you denasalize [n], as one might do with a cold, you get [d]. But if you denasalize a voiceless [ n̥] , I'm not sure what you'd get, if anything. Maybe some [x]-like sound? That's the asymmetry and probably a big reason why voiceless nasals aren't very common.
by Pabappa
02 Dec 2018 20:37
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 737
Views: 182351

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

I would just say "biome" or "habitat" for that.
by Pabappa
02 Dec 2018 06:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Today I learned ...
Replies: 31
Views: 29133

Re: Today I learned ...

Sorry meant to answer this earlier. Wikipedia agrees that they re stops , but the description seems the same as that of a nareal fricative. A voiceless n resembles /nh/, not /nt/, so I would group it with fricatives at least acoustically.
by Pabappa
30 Nov 2018 19:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Today I learned ...
Replies: 31
Views: 29133

Re: Today I learned ...

[<3] context matters. If you say "voiceless stop" we can assume you mean plosives unless this is for a nonhuman language. Likewise "voiced stops" will generally exclude nasals, because few languages distinguish voice on nasals, though again context matters. (Note that voiceless nasals are not stops ...
by Pabappa
29 Nov 2018 20:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Nurǔsarǔcē
Replies: 8
Views: 1107

Re: Nurǔsarǔcē

Looks nice but that's a lot of syllables. Are basic vocabulary terms in this language longer than in neighboring languages, or is Khǔrōsǔpōsǔ an outlier?
by Pabappa
25 Nov 2018 15:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6785
Views: 718366

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

If there's only one sound in question, I'll just say "the vowel of LOVE" or something. I hate the schoolbook transcriptions and would otherwise prefer IPA even if most people wouldn't get it .... It's not that much different than Spanish, for example, unless the word has exotic phonemes, but then th...
by Pabappa
25 Nov 2018 02:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 737
Views: 182351

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

That's why all my conlangs have simple phonologies 😛... I have not found a way to type without copypasting, so if I'm typing anything fancy it means I'm on my big screen PC. Just not a common need, I guess, so no integrated keyboards.
by Pabappa
20 Nov 2018 03:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14308
Views: 1076277

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

I'm skeptical of a language with low tone on stressed syllables but the OP seemed to want the 1st setup anyway. I think that it should be easy to research if need be and may be I'm wrong. Any word-level binary tone contrast is functionally equivalent to any other .... MLM/MHM can surface as MML/MHL ...
by Pabappa
20 Nov 2018 01:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6785
Views: 718366

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

and those langs use tight syllable structure with unreleased stops, so it helps to have some extra auditory cue to rely on when there is no /j/ afterglide.
by Pabappa
19 Nov 2018 03:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14308
Views: 1076277

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

A conlang I'm working on has pitch accent where an unaccented vowel has a low tone, and an accented vowel can have a high tone, a rising tone, or a falling tone. Is this naturalistic at all? That sounds like the basic Baltic setup where unstressed syllables are toneless and stressed ones can be of ...
by Pabappa
19 Nov 2018 00:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14308
Views: 1076277

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

A conlang I'm working on has pitch accent where an unaccented vowel has a low tone, and an accented vowel can have a high tone, a rising tone, or a falling tone. Is this naturalistic at all? That sounds like the basic Baltic setup where unstressed syllables are homeless and stressed ones can of the...
by Pabappa
10 Nov 2018 19:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 667
Views: 134923

Re: False cognates

Old Japanese :jpn: upe:eng: "up"
by Pabappa
03 Nov 2018 18:28
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1630
Views: 291009

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

You could have language be hardwired too, and have babies come out of the womb screaming at cursing at their mother and everyone around them to hurry up and get them out.
by Pabappa
02 Nov 2018 20:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 713
Views: 115424

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

:nld: betweter "know-it-all" :eng: bedwetter But insults that look very similar but have very different meanings 😀 I love that one! There's also a business called BedWeters that uses the second half of the pair (the word for "bed" is the same in both languages). https://www.debedweters.nl/image/hea...
by Pabappa
02 Nov 2018 01:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14308
Views: 1076277

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

Has anyone created an alien language with sounds that humans can't produce? How would you go about notating these sounds? I had an idea for a language spoken by creatures with rattles on their faces among other things. Any ideas? i like the music idea. closest Ive come is some of my early work, whe...
by Pabappa
01 Nov 2018 14:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14308
Views: 1076277

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

In most languages, case marking is dropped because the intended sense is always accusative. Is haulek the unmarked form, or is even this marked with a prefix like h-? The bare stem is what I recommend. I have violated this rule a few times myself, though, I will admit. Why? Because sometimes keeping...
by Pabappa
29 Oct 2018 17:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14308
Views: 1076277

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

It sounds farfetched, yes, but not impossible. Mandarin has syllabic /z/, but it's just an extension of the previous consonant ... there was no direct change of /i/ > /z/. I could see a clearer path if the elided prefix had a consonant. Post tonic means after stress, so I'm not sure if that's what y...
by Pabappa
21 Oct 2018 03:55
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 667
Views: 134923

Re: False cognates

Interesting, I had no idea the chess sense was the original. Id heard the chess etymology before but disnt know it was the same word. And, is it possible that instead of "the king is amazed", it's actually "the king is dead"? /mawt/ means death but I'm not sure how to get a participle even with wikt...
by Pabappa
13 Oct 2018 04:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: No verbs?
Replies: 5
Views: 759

Re: No verbs?

Kēlen is the name of a conlang which has only four verbs, and therefore verbs are a closed class and thus quite unverblike. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kēlen It can be said to have no verbs at all.... Sotomayor says that the language is perfectly naturalistic in all ways except that it has no ve...
by Pabappa
07 Oct 2018 13:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14308
Views: 1076277

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

Old High German used <z> to represent the laminal /s/ derived from PG. *t, while using <s> to represent the apical /s̺/ derived from PG. *s, which later becomes /ʃ/ in word-initial consonant clusters. That could be used as a precedent for writing /s/, /ʃ/ as <z>, <s>, if your orthography was establ...