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by Golahet
16 Jul 2013 17:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Clusivity usage question
Replies: 4
Views: 958

Re: Clusivity usage question

There are very few situations where you really have more than one addressees. Plural "you" is often 'you and they' actually. Of course, even the first person can be real plural, e.g. in a choir. I use 2PL at least once weakly in real life, and I think 2PL could be as common as 2SG+3PL on CBB/ZBB, o...
by Golahet
10 Jul 2013 13:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Clusivity usage question
Replies: 4
Views: 958

Re: Clusivity usage question

To clarify: If the speaker is addressing two or more people, and while speaking to them, the speaker wants to say "we" including one or more of the addressees but excluding one or more of the addressees. The speaker is still addressing the addressee(s) that is excluded from the pronoun. Do you use "...
by Golahet
08 Jul 2013 20:47
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Clusivity usage question
Replies: 4
Views: 958

Clusivity usage question

If you are speaking a language that distinguishes "exclusive we" from "inclusive we", and you are addressing two people, and you want to refer to yourself and one of the addressees but not the other one, what do you do?

What do natlangs do?
by Golahet
08 Jul 2013 16:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: My first conlang: Anerite
Replies: 42
Views: 7108

Re: My first conlang: Anerite

Could it be "John"? My line of thought is that "(ha)shem" is sometimes used as reference to Jehovah indirectly as a reference to his name, and that "John" is from Yoħanan "Jehovah is merciful", and "good" and "merciful" is similar in meaning. Thus "Shemtov" ≈ "John".
by Golahet
08 Jul 2013 14:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexicon milestones
Replies: 461
Views: 63101

Re: Lexicon milestones

Idioms also count as lexical entries.

But ... Anjelv, is it oligosynthetic? I am interested to know what 116 words you have chosen for it. And I am interested to know how you chose them.

Edit: I found the link in the Anjelv thread. Reading now.
by Golahet
07 Jul 2013 14:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Functional gender
Replies: 36
Views: 2447

Re: Functional gender

English doesn't have gender, but WALS reports it as having sex-based gender. Swedish has animacy-based gender, but is not included in the survey at WALS. Swedish has sexed pronouns like English. Maybe it's true that around 50% of all languages with gender has animacy-based systems, but half of those...
by Golahet
28 May 2013 17:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Vowel systems: Why are some more prevalent than others?
Replies: 6
Views: 1484

Re: Vowel systems: Why are some more prevalent than others?

According to WALS ch3 , vowel inventory size and consonant inventory size are not correlated. Also, say that you have 24 consonants and 8 vowels (32 phonemes), then you have 192 CV syllables and 4608 CVC syllables, but if you have 36 consonants and 3 vowels (39 phonemes) you only have 108 CV syllabl...
by Golahet
28 Nov 2012 13:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Ejnoq
Replies: 29
Views: 3668

Re: Ejnog

If you want /ja/ to be a phoneme you have to let it be a diphthong, namely /ia/ or something along those lines, because a consonant and a vowel cannot be one phoneme. /ia/ (or whatever diphthong you come up with) can be by all means realistically realized as [ja], though. No, whether you transcribe...
by Golahet
27 Nov 2012 13:01
Forum: Translations
Topic: Donkey sentence
Replies: 2
Views: 1898

Re: Donkey sentence

But "that donkey" is definite. Maybe this could be a better choice:

3. A donkey is beaten by every farmer who owns it.

or

3. Every farmer who owns a certain donkey beats it.

?

No, sentence 3 and 4 was made by me.
by Golahet
26 Nov 2012 17:32
Forum: Translations
Topic: Donkey sentence
Replies: 2
Views: 1898

Donkey sentence

How does your language handle donkey sentences , like English or in some other way? :eng: 1. Every farmer who owns a donkey beats it . [[ there are several donkeys involved, each one with its own owner, and the owner is the one that beats it ]] :eng: 2. Every police officer who arrested a murderer i...
by Golahet
26 Nov 2012 10:04
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Symbols used in Sound Change
Replies: 7
Views: 2408

Re: Symbols used in Sound Change

/ separates the change from the condition. E.g. e > a / C_C means that [e] changes to [a] between consonants. # represents a word boundary, thus e > a / #_ means that [e] changes to [a] in word initial position. * in regular expressions represents zero or more of any letter, thus I guess e > a / #C*...
by Golahet
17 Nov 2012 12:21
Forum: Translations
Topic: The door opened, the door was opened... (voice)
Replies: 82
Views: 13732

Re: The door opened, the door was opened... (voice)

What about instruments? I propose the following additional challenges: 8) The key opened the door. [instrument as subject] 9) Peter opened the door with the key. [agent subject and instrument object] 10) The key opened. [instrument as subject, no other argument] 11) Peter opened with the key. [agent...
by Golahet
17 Nov 2012 11:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 5102
Views: 581298

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Shrdlu wrote:a lack of open vowels is attested.
Example?
by Golahet
28 Sep 2012 09:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Large numbers
Replies: 9
Views: 1286

Re: Large numbers

Xing wrote:What about your conlangs? How do they handle large numbers? Long scale, short scale, or something else?
eldin raigmore wrote:Does anyone's system of large numbers go by "successive squaring"?
My conlang has independent roots for each of
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
144, 12^4, 12^8, 12^16, 12^32, 12^64
by Golahet
13 Sep 2012 10:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Right to left conlang
Replies: 9
Views: 1191

Re: Right to left conlang

If scribblemama already has a font of the conscript, then installing AbiWord seems like the easiest solution. Could you describe the direction changing functionality of AbiWord further? How do you do to write with a boustrophedon with it? What happens when you export a document to HTML? Do it suppor...
by Golahet
12 Sep 2012 11:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Right to left conlang
Replies: 9
Views: 1191

Re: Right to left conlang

Put simply: If you want to write in another alphabet on your computer, e.g. Arabic, you need to change which mapping the operating system (which might be Windows in your case) uses between keys on your keyboard and the binary codes that represents the letters. The binary code for Arabic ش is differe...
by Golahet
11 Sep 2012 20:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Right to left conlang
Replies: 9
Views: 1191

Re: Right to left conlang

I haven't tried http://fontstruct.com/, but it should support Unicode according to the introductory video. I don't know what method you used for your font, or if your script fits into the squarish grid, but it might work.
by Golahet
11 Sep 2012 20:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Right to left conlang
Replies: 9
Views: 1191

Re: Right to left conlang

2-4 kind of beat me to it, but I was going to say that you could map your conscript glyphs to e.g. Arabic code points, and then use an Arabic keyboard layout or make a custom keyboard layout for it. But I haven't ever made any font that counts and I'm far from an expert, so I can't give you much mor...
by Golahet
11 Sep 2012 20:11
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

I have a book teaching Swahili. I have only read the beginning of it so far. So far, word-initial syllabic nasals seem to be common. The book also explicitly states that the stress is always on the penultimate syllable, which may be a syllabic nasal, which then is stressed.
by Golahet
02 Sep 2012 10:47
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: ol: VOC or PR?
Replies: 4
Views: 1424

Re: ol: VOC or PR?

So, I've got a particle that has two functions, vocative and proper noun particle (ol, as in my username). But I'm not sure what to do when glossing it. Do I use VOC even in a position of PR, or do I alternate depending on usage, VOC for vocative, PR for proper noun? Or would I combine them like so...