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by Xonen
20 Jan 2020 21:53
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 348
Views: 252268

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

I probably get a different audience from you. Rather than the "metalhead/nerd/edgy" demographic, my audience is the "typical Millennial/pop-rock fan/Youth Culturalist/rebel against social norms/anarchist" demographic. Mmh, yeah, that of course has something to do with it. A lot of metalheads tend t...
by Xonen
18 Jan 2020 16:38
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Curiosities in Finnish
Replies: 13
Views: 350

Re: Curiosities in Finnish

I don't intend to debate the etymology of kaveri , as it's not really my field of expertise, but I did find a Swedish word kavera . In its first sense it means 'to bail out' (< Ger. kavieren < Lat. caveō ) and in its second, Finland-Swedish, sense it variously means 'to chat, to boast, to make gest...
by Xonen
18 Jan 2020 16:19
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 104
Views: 48604

Re: Surprising cognates

So, according to Aszev's post in another thread, we have:

:lat: cavāre 'excavate', 'hollow out', 'perforate', 'pierce'
:fin: kaveri 'friend', 'buddy'
by Xonen
05 Jan 2020 20:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5938
Views: 1403760

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

Is /θ/ > /ts/ possible? Finnish had this, apparently, e.g. *meθän > metsän . I found that on the Diachronica, but it looks like proto-Finnish *θ derives from earlier *ts (e.g. * meθän is from proto-Finic * meccä ). There might be a good reason for having /θ/ in the middle, but it looks a bit suspic...
by Xonen
02 Jan 2020 12:53
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 8528

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

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by Xonen
28 Dec 2019 23:15
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 8528

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Random thoughts: I seem to do my best thinking in the shower. This morning I ended up taking a shower twice as long as I intended because I was so busy thinking about the Lihmelinyan verb system. I was even writing out verb forms in the condensation on the shower door: étan, étes, étet (I came, you...
by Xonen
28 Dec 2019 16:50
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 932317

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

Re. a phrase like "deceptively simple". Does this phrase mean that something is simple, but appears not to be? Or does it mean the opposite: it is complex and appears to be simple? I've heard contradictory answers on this. Good question! In my experience, it means that something appears to be simpl...
by Xonen
28 Dec 2019 16:42
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 8528

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

So it seems. It's kind of difficult to tell, though (at least as an occasional lurker), just what logic that place operates on these days... Although I guess one rule that fairly consistently gets enforced on pretty much any platform on the net is "don't talk back to the admin when they're clearly ...
by Xonen
23 Dec 2019 21:29
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2
Replies: 28
Views: 2892

Re: A soun incàra vîv - Emilian lessons v2

No answer? [:(] I guess I will just post a new lesson and hope to get some more people interested [;)] For what it's worth, I'd like to announce that I, for one, am certainly interested. This is a rather well-written thread on a language that, as you pointed out in the first post, there's not exact...
by Xonen
23 Dec 2019 18:45
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Curiosities in Finnish
Replies: 13
Views: 350

Re: Curiosities in Finnish

-eerata verbs usually are loans from Swedish Well yes, but kaveerata  exists without having a clear Swedish loan original, so it's not out of the question that it could've been borrowed from some other source and simply adapted to the existing model. That being said, I think it's more likely that i...
by Xonen
02 Dec 2019 19:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 932317

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

In what positions and under what conditions did French keep morphological nominative -s, even after it lost cases? C.f. French fils . What VaptuantaDoi said. It is true that all French's retained nominative forms refer to humans. I seem to recall seeing that claimed for ours 'bear', but can't seem ...
by Xonen
26 Nov 2019 20:28
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 64
Views: 8528

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

*sighs* Well, finally got banned from the ZBB. Tempban though, right? So it seems. It's kind of difficult to tell, though (at least as an occasional lurker), just what logic that place operates on these days... Although I guess one rule that fairly consistently gets enforced on pretty much any plat...
by Xonen
14 Nov 2019 23:30
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Are velarized vowels possible?
Replies: 12
Views: 339

Re: Are velarized vowels possible?

As with Pabappa, I've never come across "velarised vowels" and would suggest that they probably don't exist, at least in the same way the velarised consonants (consonants pronounced with the back of the tongue raised up towards the velum) do. Right; back vowels are already pronounced with the back ...
by Xonen
31 Oct 2019 13:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 384
Views: 151241

Re: English Orthography Reform

don't change words where there's no reason too currint :wat: and you missed "grately" [xD] Did I? I just thought I understood the reason why that was changed; "great" does conflict with normal English spelling rules, whereas "current", AFAICT, doesn't. But I guess I'm missing some of your logic here?
by Xonen
31 Oct 2019 10:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 384
Views: 151241

Re: English Orthography Reform

Wel, u can wate until sum peeple "in the frunt" start using mor logical spellings to start using it, or u can be one of those peeple in the frunt who start using it. I'm one of those peeple... The problem here is that using letters, such as c and u , as words originated text speak and will, very li...
by Xonen
20 Oct 2019 21:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 384
Views: 151241

Re: If English used diacritics

I'd say <i y> should be spelled <ai ay> if they are pronounced /ai/, and <a> should be spelled <ea> or <ae> if pronounced /ei/. Yea, sam piepel haev sajestid thaet wi spel inglish saunds with "cantinental" leter vaelius, olthou yu haev tu meik sam impravizeishen, for the saunds thaet igzist ounli i...
by Xonen
18 Oct 2019 22:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 384
Views: 151241

Re: If English used diacritics

Topic merged. I'd personally be in favor of expanding the way diacritics currently âre, or have historically been, used. That is, take the way they've already been used and regularize it to mark unusual pronunciations, but keep it fairly limited; môstly to situations whêre no oħer way of regularizin...
by Xonen
18 Oct 2019 21:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 70
Views: 29136

Re: English Dialects

Less on the lines of phonology, but I just wanted to share my favourite thing from up here in Yorkshire, which is the word "gizzit", a contraction of "give us it" where "us" means "(to) me" [:P] Same in Scotland! The usual written form is "gies it". It can also be used for the original 1PL meaning ...
by Xonen
08 Oct 2019 12:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 932317

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

Reminder on board rules: Try to keep a calm, civil tone and stick to the facts, avoiding value judgements and sweeping generalizations, especially ones concerning other people's thoughts and motives, and especially when discussing inherently sensitive issues such as politics and (linguistic) minori...
by Xonen
07 Oct 2019 17:50
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 932317

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

Reminder on board rules: Try to keep a calm, civil tone and stick to the facts, avoiding value judgements and sweeping generalizations, especially ones concerning other people's thoughts and motives, and especially when discussing inherently sensitive issues such as politics and (linguistic) minorit...