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by Xonen
20 Oct 2019 21:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 364
Views: 146429

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: 364
Views: 146429

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: 67
Views: 25383

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: 4399
Views: 895922

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: 4399
Views: 895922

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...
by Xonen
06 Oct 2019 16:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895922

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

Keep in mind the standard American English /u/ is already quite front, perhaps closer to [ʉ] than to [.u]. It's possible the Finns took in [ʉ] as /y/ here, no need for diphthongization (which Finnish has as ⟨iu⟩ [iu̯].) Yeah, especially since Finnish /y/ isn't actually a full-blown [y] but rather [...
by Xonen
01 Oct 2019 15:29
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 3534

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

I assumed the penguin killed and dissected the scientists. It's possible I have read At the Mountains of Madness too often... No, I suppose you're right. If I get turned down, instead of wallowing in self-pity I should just pingu up and start preparing my next presentation, Ex Vivo Examination of t...
by Xonen
30 Sep 2019 21:32
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Metal Thread
Replies: 240
Views: 80514

Re: Metal Thread

On a less goofy note, I'll also give props to Boisson Divine, a French folk metal band that sings mostly in their native Gascon dialect of Occitan (as well as a few songs in French, I believe). Some recommendations: Dauna de Brassempoi , Quin Braguer and Terre D'Attache . This was awesome, thank yo...
by Xonen
30 Sep 2019 21:09
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 3534

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Okay, I just submitted my first abstract for a presentation at a linguistics conference. [:|] Feeling kind of like this penguin, which I can only presume was butchered and gibbeted as a warning to others immediately after these photos were taken. https://krisnoble.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/pe...
by Xonen
29 Sep 2019 21:29
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1135
Views: 371613

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

Concerning my planet, I decided to go with the hothouse climate. It's interesting... Indeed, thanks for sharing it. [:)] Poles end up being much wetter (I haven't read this everywhere, but I suspect they're dry today because it's so cold there's practically no evaporation). Partially, perhaps, but ...
by Xonen
21 Sep 2019 12:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895922

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

Now, cool thing I saw today, in a message in Finnish, was "hyvää syntymäpäivää, dyyd", and I really, really want that to be a Finnish rendering of the stereotypical California surfer "dude". I can't find anything through Google (any attempt I make at a search always tries to correct to Welsh "dydd"...
by Xonen
03 Sep 2019 15:25
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 101
Views: 42834

Re: Surprising cognates

Dormouse559 wrote:
02 Sep 2019 04:43
eldin raigmore wrote:Are arugula and “rocket lettuce” cognates?
I don't know. Are they?
According to Wiktionary, yes.
by Xonen
29 Aug 2019 00:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 895922

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

I've probably asked this before I can't recall if you specifically have done so, but the question itself does appear to be a recurrent topic of discussion here. It even used to have its own thread; I can still find my own old post referring to it, but unfortunately, it appears the thread itself was...
by Xonen
08 Aug 2019 23:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 1199
Views: 283571

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Podcast spoken in consonants Txʷəlšucid.
by Xonen
07 Aug 2019 20:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1346855

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

Anyway, another doubt: would it be naturalistic to create a conlang whose phonetic inventory lacks any sort of phonemic voiced consonant, relying on allophony to produce them? I was going to answer "probably not", but now that I think about it... maybe ? The problem is that the default realization ...
by Xonen
03 Aug 2019 23:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sir Arthur C. Clarke's _July 20, 2019_ and America's schools
Replies: 6
Views: 1872

Re: Sir Arthur C. Clarke's _July 20, 2019_ and America's schools

After discussing the issue among the administration, the decision has been made to give elemtilas an official warning. You've been given enough chances to tone down the rhetoric. One more unprovoked attack on other board members, "snowflakes", or whoever, or inflammatory post on a political, religio...
by Xonen
02 Aug 2019 09:30
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sir Arthur C. Clarke's _July 20, 2019_ and America's schools
Replies: 6
Views: 1872

Re: Sir Arthur C. Clarke's _July 20, 2019_ and America's schools

Yeah, no.

Reminder: practices such as name-calling, insults, and aggressively pushing religious or political views are still banned under board rules.
by Xonen
20 Apr 2019 22:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: How would you romanize Kazakh?
Replies: 24
Views: 6434

Re: How would you romanize Kazakh?

I know bumping a year-old thread is annoying, but making a new thread seems unnecessary considering this one already exists. Hopefully it's fine Let's check the rules of the Internet: https://gal.patheticcockroach.com/galleries/humor/thread-necromancy/thread_necromancer_card_1.jpeg Note the bit "Po...
by Xonen
05 Apr 2019 00:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Loss of morphological complexity over time
Replies: 17
Views: 2022

Re: Loss of morphological complexity over time

As for the explanation part, I will point out that there is no rigid "internal-external" divide, and additionally it's difficult to say what changes would have occurred without the contact scenario. Right. But the erosion of unstressed syllables is an extremely common development cross-linguistical...
by Xonen
03 Apr 2019 19:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Loss of morphological complexity over time
Replies: 17
Views: 2022

Re: Loss of morphological complexity over time

Final unstressed vowels were dropped completely by around the 12th or 13th Century So soon? I'd always heard that the final -e was still pronounced in Chaucer? I might have got "12th and 13th" wrong, could have been "13th and 14th", but apparently it was "around the time of Chaucer" and then predom...