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by Pabappa
21 Sep 2019 17:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332382

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

I would expect at least some sort of similar change outside that context. A lot of languages have redundancy that survives for thousands of years. e.g. -os and similar endings in Greek and Baltic, the /de la/ of Spanish (vs Portuguese /da/), etc.. Portuguese contracted /de la/ to /da/, but only by e...
by Pabappa
18 Sep 2019 04:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2101
Views: 301469

Re: Yay or Nay?

Is it possible that: ɵ > o next to velars or labials (uvulars, retroflexes will have already forced /ɵ/ to back to /o/) ɵ > ø > e otherwise. a: > æ: ɑ > ɒ a a: ɒ: appear from later sound changes. I'll answer this. Most of these changes seem "reasonable" to me, as vowels can literally do almost anyt...
by Pabappa
14 Sep 2019 23:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Lexicon Building
Replies: 251
Views: 230820

Re: CBB Lexicon Building

Nloki wrote:
14 Sep 2019 23:38

Entropy.
Poswa:

papepalaba , literally "time gravity" but with a word for gravity (laba) that isnt normally used on its own.


next, keeping with the theme, i guess:

planet; celestial object
by Pabappa
14 Sep 2019 23:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332382

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

Oh, interesting! Do you know what varieties do that? I'm most familiar with the standard. I didn't even think that it could be regional or anything, but I don't know? I mean, the contexts I've noticed it in have all been standard Japanese AFAIK (I mean, my only exposure to Japanese (except in writi...
by Pabappa
02 Sep 2019 15:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 30
Views: 1270

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

Some flowers grow on trees .... botanically speaking there is no such thing as a flower, unless you are willing to call apple trees, cehrry trees, etc "flowers". in fact, pineapples are flowers too. i suspect outside of gardening there would be little reason to need to distinguish between blossoms, ...
by Pabappa
29 Aug 2019 14:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Lexicon Building
Replies: 251
Views: 230820

Re: CBB Lexicon Building

Genetic Poswa doesnt distinguish adjectives, but the word for genes in general is papopama , from a metaphor involving a wheel sliding down a slope. You'd add -s to indicate the genitive, which would correspond to the English adjective in some constructions, but it gets complicated .... for example...
by Pabappa
26 Aug 2019 03:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Cyrillisation game #2
Replies: 22
Views: 1183

Re: Cyrillisation game #2

Crimean Gothic: /m n/ м н /p b t d k g/ п б т д к ґ /f v θ s z ʃ x ɣ/ ф в ѳ с з ш х г /r l/ р л /j/ й in coda, otherwise use iotated vowels /ʃl ʃn ʃp ʃt ʃv/ spell as clusters /a e ə i o u/ а э і и о у /ja je jə jo ju/ я е ы ю ү ____ It almost seems too easy, ... i threw in a couple of tricks to sui...
by Pabappa
22 Aug 2019 03:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4372
Views: 886661

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

So what's the deal with Rashida Tlaib's surname? It's pronounced /tə'liːb/ as if the "l" and "a" were transposed in the spelling, similar to the pronunciation of "Favre". Knowing nothing about Arabic names or pronunciation, I have to ask: is this pronunciation an Anglicization or does it reflect th...
by Pabappa
21 Aug 2019 23:29
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4372
Views: 886661

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

Now that I think of it, I wonder if the name is a misspelling of Talib. There aren't too many surnames that have arisen through typos, but there are some .... and even if it's just a variant of Talib, that /tl/ cluster doesnt sound very Arabic to me, so it may be a poor representation of the origina...
by Pabappa
18 Aug 2019 01:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Semantic primes morphology
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: Semantic primes morphology

https://www.frathwiki.com/Icecap_Moonshine_language (IMS) has oligosynthetic traits, though it's not fully oligosynthetic, nor are the morphemes semantic primes. But there are quite a lot of single-phoneme words nonetheless, and some C_C shells that require a vowel to appear between them. There's no...
by Pabappa
17 Aug 2019 22:35
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Benjamin and Southpaws
Replies: 6
Views: 650

Re: Benjamin and Southpaws

the etymology given in wiktionary makes sense enough to me: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/southpaw . http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/si ... s/southpaw says no, though, so you could be right
by Pabappa
14 Aug 2019 21:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4372
Views: 886661

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

Sometimes words like this overlap with contronyms. e.g. inflammable is its own antonym, even though the 2nd meaning of "not flammable" is rarely used. Along the same lines there's pregnable and impregnable , both listed in dictionaries as "fertile, capable of becoming pregnant", but the 2nd word als...
by Pabappa
04 Aug 2019 17:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332382

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

I think each of us retain inborn biases of sound associations, whether from our native languages, our adopted languages, or even our conlangs. Some may have more than others. I will never get rid of the association between /a/ and femininity that I picked up with high school Spanish. Likewise /o/ so...
by Pabappa
03 Aug 2019 00:22
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 308
Views: 200534

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

i think that almost all people using the term "Gothic Lolita" are aware of its etymology. As, Im sure, are the owners of a new restaurant near me called simply "Lolita", though I will never go there.
by Pabappa
31 Jul 2019 01:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6627
Views: 1018181

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Does anyone else have this kind of "kill your darlings" moment with a conlang, where you suddenly understand you've been laboring under an incorrect assumption yes and that phrase looks familiar. But instead of throwing out the language, I start another and put them both in the same place in the co...
by Pabappa
30 Jul 2019 23:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 16
Views: 3909

Re: Languages with interesting phonotactics

One thing I notice about Semitic languages is that they don't seem to have a lot of homorganic nasal+stop clusters. /mb mp nt nd/ etc. Might it be because of the triconsonantal root system? As has already been said, Semitic languages tolerate many unusual consonant clusters in order to preserve the...
by Pabappa
30 Jul 2019 14:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 16
Views: 3909

Re: Languages with interesting phonotactics

One thing I notice about Semitic languages is that they don't seem to have a lot of homorganic nasal+stop clusters. /mb mp nt nd/ etc.
by Pabappa
23 Jul 2019 19:00
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A weird confession regarding conworlding...
Replies: 8
Views: 1920

Re: A weird confession regarding conworlding...

My interests have changed over time. When I was 6 years old I was all about maps, .... and I stayed that way for quite a while. not so imaginative back then...my main accomplishment was a continent that had the same shape as my bedroom, but oh well, I was proud of it. I like the video game idea. I s...
by Pabappa
21 Jul 2019 00:44
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Referring to a subject only once
Replies: 6
Views: 1199

Re: Referring to a subject only once

Or you could make the cubs part of mother wolf: mother wolf rallied herself in the cubs. As silly as this sounds, I think you'd get used to it quickly and it would become 2nd nature if all such clauses were formed like that. And it would be just as transparent as doing it the English way. I like th...
by Pabappa
18 Jul 2019 23:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5678
Views: 1332382

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

Any ideas how infixes arise? I know analogised metathesis is one way, but I wanted to find a way for vowel infixing. make your verb (or whatever youre modifying) into a circumfix while the element in the middle remains dynamic. e.g. proto-Pumpkin lapala "to speak" vs bu lapala "spoke" ----> Early P...