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by Xonen
04 Jan 2019 00:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 43
Views: 18994

Re: English Dialects

Strange to see so many americans here with [ɚ] over a hard [ɻ] I suspect this is a question of notation more than pronunciation; people just prefer to use the symbol /ɚ/ for the syllabic version (since that seems to be pretty much the standard for American accents) rather than try to figure out exa...
by Xonen
31 Dec 2018 13:25
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6814
Views: 764768

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

Is /a/ much more similar to /ə/ than /e/ is? From what I can tell: not really, no. But it depends. Pure [ə] should be somewhere between [ɤ], [ʌ] and [œ] on this chart: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/Average_vowel_formants_F1_F2.png So about equally distant from [a] and [e]... b...
by Xonen
31 Dec 2018 01:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 130696

Re: English Orthography Reform

Well, most people immediately affected by spelling reform either can already spell, or are babies who will learn as natives... ...or non-natives! According to Wikipedia : Estimates that include second language speakers vary greatly, from 470 million to more than 1 billion. David Crystal calculates ...
by Xonen
27 Dec 2018 23:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 130696

Re: English Orthography Reform

So, just as today most of us have to learn by heart whether to spell a word 'hoarse' or 'horse' (or for people around here maybe 'hauce' or 'hawce'), so under diaphonemic spelling huge numbers would have to learn by heart whether to spell a word 'marry', 'Mary' or 'merry', whether to spell it 'caut...
by Xonen
22 Dec 2018 20:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6814
Views: 764768

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

Pabappa wrote:
21 Dec 2018 04:52
Basque maybe? Basque for lightning is tximista. Unless the Basque is itself a loan from romance .
Looking at the geography, at least, the latter would seem more likely. Although I can't say I can tell what the Romance original would be.
by Xonen
05 Dec 2018 01:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6814
Views: 764768

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

Does anyone know of any vowel length alternation systems that have developed recently? Or that otherwise have a well-understood origin? And would anyone happen to have links or info about such a system? Well, I did just hold a presentation on the development of certain vowel-length alternations in ...
by Xonen
03 Dec 2018 17:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Today I learned ...
Replies: 31
Views: 41458

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. Hmm, I've never read anything about...
by Xonen
19 Nov 2018 17:35
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1584
Views: 233699

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Y'know, put another way, stealing from Plato's Allegory of the Cave, our reality could simply be the silhouettes of our true 4D (or 5D) selves projected onto a backdrop of the 3D Universe, which is just the surface, the crust, the filmy bubble enclosing an infinitely deeper 4D,5D or moar-D, Cosmos....
by Xonen
21 Oct 2018 00:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6814
Views: 764768

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

IDK if this goes here but is there a difference between a diphthong /aṷ/ and a vowel + semivowel in the coda /aw/? I seem to recall discussing this a couple of times on the board in the past; possibly the first one would be this post from five years ago: Hi. This is something I've been wondering ab...
by Xonen
21 Oct 2018 00:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 671
Views: 150515

Re: False cognates

Another naive one from me, I'm afraid: I always used to assume that English quoth had something to do with quote . Given that, you know, they differ in only one letter, and they both refer to spoken words, and 'quoth' is only ever used when quoting, and only differs in connotation from 'to quote'. ...
by Xonen
27 Sep 2018 23:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6814
Views: 764768

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

Does anyone know anything about phenomena similar to consonant gradation in non-Uralic languages? Google Werner's law in Germanic. Yeah, Verner's law is often mentioned in connection with Finnic gradation, because Lauri Posti once proposed a connection , and challenging the Great Finno-Ugricists of...
by Xonen
24 Aug 2018 20:01
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Metal Thread
Replies: 293
Views: 68414

Re: Metal Thread

Linguifex's band's EP is gooood. How the Gods Punish reminded me almost of Auðn, so I nice atmospheric intro, kicking into something more akin to, what is that, technical/progressive death metal? Really like the lyrics too, and the vocal style, and throwing in the clean vocals every so often was a ...
by Xonen
13 Aug 2018 21:52
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Metal Thread
Replies: 293
Views: 68414

Re: Metal Thread

My band just had our first concert with the new lineup. Whoa, same here. [:|] We're not in the same band, are we? (Not sure if it'd be frowned upon to link it here, so I've refrained from doing so for now.) Well, if it's a non-commercial hobby project you're personally involved with and its content...
by Xonen
09 Aug 2018 11:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 671
Views: 150515

Re: False cognates

If the Glottalic Reconstruction of PIE is right, it bears a striking resemblance to the stop system of Modern Korean. Okay, I guess these threads we have here have more or less demonstrated that pretty much anything counts as a false cognate or unfortunate coincidence or whatever in somebody's opin...
by Xonen
06 Aug 2018 20:59
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1584
Views: 233699

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

In keeping with my habit of playing games two years behind everybody else, I've been playing the new Doom. It is wonderful and I should've been playing it ages ago Based on the YouTube videos I've seen, it looks pretty neat, yes. I just got the original Doom about... ten years ago, I think, so I'm ...
by Xonen
26 Jul 2018 10:47
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 130696

Re: English Orthography Reform

I really object to pronouncing “white” as “wight”, as if every English speaker has the “which witch” merger, or those who don’t are somehow inferior or behind the times. Uh... someone pronouncing "white" and "wight" the same implies neither of those things. Even declaring that to be the standard pr...
by Xonen
25 Jul 2018 12:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 130696

Re: English Orthography Reform

I write in reformed spelling (in the languages i know) since i was 15, in all situations except in school, and some people like it, some dont, but i cant remember having heard that it was a sort of trolling. For what it's worth, I don't think spelling in a reformed orthography, as such, counts as t...
by Xonen
24 Jul 2018 13:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 130696

Re: English Orthography Reform

Zé do Rock wrote:
24 Jul 2018 10:07
[blatant trolling]
I hate it when I step in to provide someone some benefit of the doubt and assumption of good faith and whatnot, and then they immediately proceed to prove me wrong. [:S]

So yeah. Drop it or get off the board.
by Xonen
20 Jul 2018 15:28
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1584
Views: 233699

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I've actually owned a Roomba previously, so I have some idea of how they work (and how they don't). I just felt the need to share my twilight zone experience with someone. In any case, I might actually end up buying a different manufacturer's robot, solely because Roomba's descriptions in webstores ...
by Xonen
20 Jul 2018 14:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 130696

Re: English Orthography Reform

Or i explane that we should call the russki cappital Maskva That is a quite frankly terrible idea for so many reasons. [:S] First of all, all languages have their own names for other countries and their major cities; it's just a part of the language, like naming any other important concept. Essenti...