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by Pabappa
20 Jul 2019 23:44
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Referring to a subject only once
Replies: 5
Views: 71

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 22:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1278621

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...
by Pabappa
18 Jul 2019 22:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1278621

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...
by Pabappa
10 Jul 2019 03:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1278621

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

I used evidentials.... feel/see/hear=1/2/3. Also feel/see/Ø would work.
by Pabappa
09 Jul 2019 17:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1278621

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

and I just use logical strategies to choose whether a word should be included or not. For example; nēr for "man". But then I realise Quenya already uses nér (ner-) for "man"! for what its worth, that word is also in IE with that meaning ... c.f. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schleicher%27s_fable#Le...
by Pabappa
30 Jun 2019 19:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1278621

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

Hmong has just /pl,bl/ I think. Some langs have just /tr/.
by Pabappa
23 Jun 2019 13:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1278621

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

Quenya's not perfect. Find something in it you can do better....even if its a small thing.....and maybe that'll help.
by Pabappa
22 Jun 2019 00:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Have you created any idioms in your conlangs? What are some examples?
Replies: 8
Views: 388

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

Poswa is entirely without idioms as well, since the grammar depends on having only one word in each role in a sentence. That is, a phrase cannot substitute for a word. There are a few compounds whose meanings are slightly more than sum-of-parts, and some derived forms of certain words likewise, but ...
by Pabappa
18 Jun 2019 02:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7002
Views: 852355

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

Probably, but scholars differ widely on what can and cannot be explained as native derivation. Germanic is one of the later-attested branches, after all, and one of the more rapidly changing ones too. For example , some see Germanic words with geminate consonants as evidence for borrowing from a sub...
by Pabappa
14 Jun 2019 00:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11399
Views: 972038

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I realized that I've been saying Silvish's word for "thank you" wrong for forever. Dontcha just love it when you notice a sound change you added a long time ago affects a really common word, but you never applied it? [xP] Anyway, as it turns out, Silvish speakers say marchif [mɑˈɕif] to show their ...
by Pabappa
09 Jun 2019 22:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1738
Views: 350124

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

Are the blue lines 60N-30N-0-30S-60S? Just making sure .... thats what my first impression was. I figured its meant to be a Mercator projection or something similar. I see similarities with Europe & Africa and also with the USA. You might be able to model the equatorial sea after the Caribbean. Alth...
by Pabappa
08 Jun 2019 23:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Keeping Track of Things
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Keeping Track of Things

FrathWiki is very nice, yes. I use it also. Most of my sound changes are at http://www.frathwiki.com/Languages_of_Teppala .... I use a custom CSS that makes all italics show as red, and all bold show as blue, so what looks like a wall of text to most people is very easy to read for me. My lexicons a...
by Pabappa
08 Jun 2019 18:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1738
Views: 350124

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

So, I've got another climate question (maybe I'm just overthinking this). I've got this rough sketch of a planet: https://i.postimg.cc/Yqz5vjpL/rough-map.png All I'm entirely certain about is that there will be a circumpolar current around the north pole and a circum-equatorial current which doesn'...
by Pabappa
31 May 2019 02:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7002
Views: 852355

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

It'd be worth finding out what normally leads to word initial /h/ in albanian and seeing if its a believable etymology. Albanian has such a late attestation that this word may simply be unrelated to the "orchis" family.
by Pabappa
23 May 2019 23:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1278621

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

My own favourite conlang for myself has all the linguistic features that I want, except its logical restrictions ofc. It's not perfect or ideal, but I don't expect it to be. Still, I can use it proficiently and appropriately whereby I can't find such satisfaction any natlang or other conlang. Howev...
by Pabappa
21 May 2019 17:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 93
Views: 37993

Re: Surprising cognates

:eng: Hell , :eng: :esp: cojones , and :lat: :eng: cilium . All ultimately from PIE *ḱel- 'to cover'. That one got me right in the cojones! nice. I used to believe that :esp: cielo "Heaven" was related, but it's not true. _______ :eng: orphan = :eng: robot , because they both traditionally work har...
by Pabappa
21 May 2019 16:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1278621

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

I don't know about natlangs but.. with Poswa I add an /s/ 😛... works for me. sababum pobbažo "the men are talking to me" vs sababum pobbažos vepababa "as the men are talking to me, theyre tilling soil".... In other words, it's a serial verb construction. If you have an affix that means "while", you ...
by Pabappa
28 Apr 2019 04:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7002
Views: 852355

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

The English word splurged can be analyzed as CCCCCCC if you call the vowel a syllabic consonant and analyze the g as /dž/. Quoting the whole post below because I bumped: 1. What fraction of the world’s languages have several syllable-onset consonant-clusters containing 5 or more consonants? 1a. What...
by Pabappa
28 Apr 2019 01:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1278621

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

I've hedged my bets on this by saying that the bare /u/ vowel is unrounded by default in Khulls, and that the labialized allophone is hyper-rounded in Poswa. I don't know of a language that has contrasts like that without at least some audible vowel allophony. But I haven't looked much outside IE, J...
by Pabappa
27 Apr 2019 17:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 93
Views: 37993

Re: Surprising cognates

how about :fra: Chevrolet and :fra: cabriolet ? Two words for the same object from the same ultimate root word, meaning "goat", yet they acquired their modern meanings in two very different ways, one a descriptive noun for transportation and the other a surname of a man who just by chance happened t...