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by CMunk
14 Feb 2018 18:01
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: A script challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 2299

Re: A script challenge

Text number two would look like this: ƣpηwлчɥvηuƣη ƿıhɥчη wлтıтлч ıƨпop ƣpηwшdvƣп пopчƣcnпıηƨ ƣpηwımwшƿınıp7oηo ƣpηpƣo pлuıcпıчƿı vım7vшpη зvлɴwшɴ пıγwшhƣп ıɴƣηƨıpη7oηo nɥ7o чшʔлm nɥηƣop ƣpηwшʔ φлpзƣopη wшʔ чƣcnпıηƨ wƣ7wш ɴшpα7 лpηտm7ƣpη пopлpлwտƨu hтıγ mɥwлчɥvη mφƣʔտηwшɴ лƿvdηзvлɴwшpƕ лтαpwлзшmлп d...
by CMunk
14 Feb 2018 15:17
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: A script challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 2299

Re: A script challenge

Firstly: This is a very nice script to look at. Some familiar shapes from Latin, Cyrillic and Armenian, but jumbled together, so it looks different from all of them. It is also neither too uniform or too heterogeneous for comfort. I've gone ahead and made a facsimile of the first text, so it is easi...
by CMunk
25 Jan 2018 10:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 689
Views: 184847

Re: False cognates

I don't know if this one has been mentioned, but: :lat: iūxtā "near", "next to" ~ :gbr: next They seem similar, mostly because of the Vxt pattern in the middle. But iūxtā is from PIE *(H)yewg-s with a possible relation to *yewg- "yoke". On the other hand, next is from Proto-Germanic *nēhwist (from *...
by CMunk
23 Nov 2017 13:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Ghoster's Conlangerium
Replies: 14
Views: 3346

Re: Padmaran

Beautiful script! [...] major words (which means verbs, nouns, names and such) have so called "tails", on which there are provided hieroglyphic information about the word to make it more easy to read them. Tails convay information about the quantity of nouns, whether a word is a name (word "god" as ...
by CMunk
03 Apr 2017 11:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Vålkakil
Replies: 65
Views: 10841

Re: Vålkakil

Example word is kå't 'house' What does the apostrophe signify? Also, what are the underlying morphemes that result in the superessive, delative, and ablative forms? It's difficult to put an accent above å. Vowel length is marked by accent above other vowels, á ű etc. Kå'ta-l or maybe syncronically ...
by CMunk
30 Mar 2017 16:26
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Constructing syllabaries for complex syllables?
Replies: 28
Views: 6200

Re: Constructing syllabaries for complex syllables?

I like the way mediæval latin abbreviations work: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scribal_abbreviation Not exactly a syllabary, since it is based more around morphemes, but I think there is something to learn from this. Maybe you could start with a simple syllabary for CV syllables, and then modify th...
by CMunk
30 Mar 2017 12:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 689
Views: 184847

Re: False cognates

I don't know if this has been mentioned, but: :idea: schwa ~ :deu: schwach ( :idea: = various languages, linguistics terminology) When I first heard of schwa , I thought it was of German origin.The spelling is clearly German, and I thought it could easily be an ellipsis of Schwachdrucksvokal "unstre...
by CMunk
21 Mar 2017 09:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Linguistic pet peeves
Replies: 338
Views: 58056

Re: Linguistic pet peeves

"cwoffee", where did the W come from? Cot–caught distinction: The /ɔ/ vowel sound of words like talk, law, cross, and coffee and the often homophonous /ɔːr/ in core and more are tensed and usually raised more than in General American, varying on a scale from [ɔ] to [ʊ] (Labov 1966), while typically...
by CMunk
07 Mar 2017 13:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Øynduyska
Replies: 32
Views: 3608

Re: Øynduyska

Nice. Interesting coincident that my Germlang Sperenja also uses the verb for 'to lie' leenang for a past-like tense. Is there any Germ-natlang that does this? Not that I'm aware, per se. However, some languages do use it for progressives and states, and it seems a small step to using it for perfec...
by CMunk
22 Feb 2017 11:50
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 689
Views: 184847

Re: False cognates

:hun: -es /ɛʃ/, a suffix added to nouns to make adjectives meaning "having the quality of". I doubt that it has roots in Proto-Germanic *-iskaz , but it is a possibility. Wiktionary has nothing on the subject (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/-es#Hungarian). If it is not cognate, that would make it a ...
by CMunk
21 Feb 2017 12:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Tikap /p t k ɨ ɐ/ A five phoneme language
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: Tikap /p t k ɨ ɐ/ A five phoneme language

Do you have any rules for allophony yet? Sort of. They are quite boring. What seems to be missing to me is more vowel allophones, spreading more across the available space with front and back ones. p t k > β ɾ ɣ / V_V p t k > ɸ s x / V_# C_V t > ʃ / i_# C_i ɨ ɐ > [+round] / p_ ɨ ɐ > ə ä / k_ ɨɨ > ɨ...
by CMunk
20 Feb 2017 10:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 739
Views: 163469

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

:eng: I will come :deu: Ich will kommen 'I want to come' Historically, the English verb 'will' seemed to mean exactly 'to want'. This can be seen in the idiom "Will you marry me?", in German exactly " Willst du mich heiraten?" Yes, semantically drifting modal verbs are the worst. Take the Proto-Ger...
by CMunk
16 Feb 2017 15:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 689
Views: 184847

Re: False cognates

I wondered if :dan: ene "juniper", which comes from :non: einir "juniper", had a common root with :gbr: juniper , which comes from :lat: iuniperus "juniper". Especially since the fruit of the plant are called :dan: enebær "juniper berries" and :non: / :isl: einiber "juniper berries", I thought it mi...
by CMunk
16 Feb 2017 13:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 689
Views: 184847

Re: False cognates

qwed117 wrote::en: glass(y) vs :rom: IR gľåţĕ "ice", MR gľeţ "ice"

(Istro-Romanian's pronunciation is similar to Brits, and Megleno-Romanian like Americans)
I suppose the Istro-Romanian word is cognate with :fra: glace "ice (cream)", :gbr: glacier and :swe: glass "ice cream".
by CMunk
09 Feb 2017 13:38
Forum: Translations
Topic: Grammatical number
Replies: 17
Views: 3159

Re: Grammatical number

These last ones come down to whether you think of "more" or "less" as part of the determiner or with scope over the whole NP. (More than one) boys or More than (one boy) "More than one boys" is simply ungrammatical for me and I can't recall ever having heard anything like this. I think what CMunk m...
by CMunk
08 Feb 2017 13:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 739
Views: 163469

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Don't know if that has already been covered. :deu: Freund , :eng: friend vs. :dan: frænde , :swe: frände , meaning relative The Danish word, at least, can also be used to mean "friend" metaphorically. Anyway, it is a very dated word. Here are some more English-Danish false friends: :gbr: barn "part...
by CMunk
03 Feb 2017 13:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 2794
Views: 707080

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

I am toying around with an idea for a Greenlandic-inspired inventory with consonant harmony. /m n ŋ ɴ/ <m n g ň> /p t k q/ <p t k q> /ɸ s x χ/ <f s c h> /ʋ l ʟ ʁ/ <v l ł r> /i u/ <i u> /a/ <a> Syllable structure: (C)(V)V(C) Consonant harmony: Throughout a word, place of articulation of the consonant...
by CMunk
27 Jan 2017 19:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Bornholm in old Scandinavian / Buyan Island
Replies: 13
Views: 2562

Re: Bornholm in old Scandinavian / Buyan Island

Something like, say, [ɹɣ] could presumably sound a bit like /j/ to a Slavic speaker, maybe? [ɣ] was a variant (or the main realization) of /g/ over large swaths of Slavic lands from early on, though. Hence I don't think it would be that alien a sound. It'd be much more convincing if there was a Sca...
by CMunk
25 Jan 2017 10:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Bornholm in old Scandinavian / Buyan Island
Replies: 13
Views: 2562

Re: Bornholm in old Scandinavian / Buyan Island

I have taken some courses in Danish Place Names, so I have looked up Bornholm in "Denmarks Place Names" (http://danmarksstednavne.navneforskning.ku.dk/ :dan:). It seems there are no forms of the name written with a <j> or <y>. The closest I could find is one 13th century form fir borghvndar holmi , ...
by CMunk
15 Jan 2017 13:26
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 689
Views: 184847

Re: False cognates

:jpn: 中央本線 - Chūō-honsen 'Chūō Main Line' ~ :eng: The Tube 'London Underground'

It's far fetched, I know, but I have always thought they sounded similar. Maybe it is more of an "unfortunate coinsidence", if you think the Chūō Line is part of the Tokyo Subway system, and end up in Nagoya.