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by Avo
19 Jan 2016 05:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 738
Views: 152975

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

I just spotted this nice pair:

German Fuß "foot" ~ Tarifiyt Berber fus "hand"
by Avo
04 Jan 2016 11:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1347148

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

Historically voiced aspirates conditioned vowel breaking in various Southeast Asian languages if I remember correctly.
by Avo
31 Dec 2015 09:59
Forum: In other languages
Topic: Rumhängethread [Deutsch]
Replies: 108
Views: 150904

Re: Rumhängethread

Ach ja, als ich den Katalog an Sprachkursen in meinem einen Fach gesehen habe, ging mir auch sowas von das Herz auf. Ich pausiere dieses Semester gerade aber habe davor schon ein Semester Persisch/Dari hinter mir und werde versuchen, da nächstes Semester auch wieder einzusteigen. Wenn mein Persisch ...
by Avo
15 Dec 2015 09:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Gender in conlangs
Replies: 41
Views: 8637

Re: Gender in conlangs

Most of my conlangs have an animacy distinction but no gender or noun classes, so I decided to make gender agreement an areal feature of the part of my conworld I'm currently working on. My Puric language family has a system that goes back to Proto-Puric's four noun classes: A for humans, B for anim...
by Avo
13 Dec 2015 22:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5755
Views: 1347148

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

Ask a question and get bitchy when you don't get the answer you wanted. Way to go!
by Avo
04 Nov 2015 18:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 896148

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

I think we need to distinguish between words whose etymology is not known and words that don't have an etymology in the sense that they're not derived regularly from another root. I doubt there are many words among the world's languages that just popped up and started being used just like that. In ...
by Avo
04 Nov 2015 18:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 896148

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

I think we need to distinguish between words whose etymology is not known and words that don't have an etymology in the sense that they're not derived regularly from another root. I doubt there are many words among the world's languages that just popped up and started being used just like that. In E...
by Avo
04 Nov 2015 02:39
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang Conversation Thread
Replies: 3589
Views: 912687

Re: Conlang Conversation Thread

Ech hèf Uufziechnonge vò minge aale dietsche Condialekt weerfone. Ech hèf heng èlzet fè' ming Truumtaageboch genotzet hèt ònuch inge ènere Schrief geschriwe èles hes kingenes lèse kènt. [ˈeç ˈhɛf ˈuːfziːçnoŋə ˈfɔ ˈmɪŋə ˈɑlə ˈdiːtʃə ˈkondijɑlek ˈveːfonə | ˈeç ˈhɛf ˈheŋ ˈɛltsət ˈfɛ ˈmɪŋ ˈtɾuːmtɑːjebo...
by Avo
02 Nov 2015 11:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 680
Views: 176270

Re: False cognates

Well, ā > u is a pretty common change around Persian AFAIK, so that wouldn't necessarily be a problem. Still cool if they really are unrelated tho. It is in Farsi, but if the word was borrowed it would have been through Classical Persian. The ā > u change can't be that old as it is absent from both...
by Avo
02 Nov 2015 05:55
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 680
Views: 176270

Re: False cognates

:fas: آسمان āsemān "heaven"
:bsk: asumun "star"

I always assumed this was a loan, the Persian word is all over the place in the area, but apparently other Burushaski varieties point to an ancestral root *as- or something. Also the vowels don't match, obviously.
by Avo
15 Oct 2015 20:06
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Words
Replies: 109
Views: 9975

Re: Words

HoskhMatriarch wrote:OK, but I don't know how to evolve many kinds of grammatical things from a proto-language.
Than have those grammatical things in the Proto-Language already. You don't need to completely restructure your language's grammatical system and derive everything from formerly more transparent forms.
by Avo
15 Oct 2015 09:54
Forum: Translations
Topic: Conlang accents
Replies: 77
Views: 14508

Re: Conlang accents

Because I have nothing else to do: Classical Dinarean, assuming the speaker doesn't know shit about English Âl jumən pints â pon fäwi ant ikwäl än tiknäti ant wayäts. Tei â antâwät wät wisən ant kânṣänts ant ṣut akät towäts wân ənâtə än ə səpäwät âf päwâtəhut. [ɔljuˈmən ˈpʰints ɔˈpʰon fɨˈwi æntʰiˈkʰ...
by Avo
12 Oct 2015 01:05
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Demystifying the Caucasus
Replies: 22
Views: 4117

Re: Demystifying the Caucasus

Oh wow. I have written down a bunch of notes and had one complete-ish post prepared when I started this thread, but then life happened etc, you know how it goes. Also, I did not not post here anymore because too few people expressed their interest, but thanks anyway for doing so. Sorry for the bait,...
by Avo
12 Oct 2015 00:46
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Words
Replies: 109
Views: 9975

Re: Words

OK, I might use -s for some genitives then, but it'd still endlessly remind me of Germanic languages including English... What are some of the non-IE languages that have a genitive with -s? Has anyone found anything about what words tend to be related though? This is the only thing I know like that...
by Avo
11 Oct 2015 20:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 896148

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

I had this idea for deciphering the Indus Script, before you guys complain, I already know that it won't work, is useless endless pandering and depends strongly on my biases. There are ~400 symbols of the Indus script. There are nearly 40 Toda consonants and 10 Toda vowels. If we assume that Toda i...
by Avo
10 Oct 2015 07:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: "Kitchen Sink" Natlangs
Replies: 28
Views: 3445

Re: "Kitchen Sink" Natlangs

Oh boy, this again. Chechen isn't all that weird, it's just the Wikipedia page that is crap. Notice how nearly the entire phonology section is lacking sources? Well. Also, I fail to see how large number of phonemes alone equals kitchen sink language . Anyway, 60 consonants On Wikipedia it says 40-60...
by Avo
16 Sep 2015 10:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lots of tenses
Replies: 20
Views: 2434

Re: Lots of tenses

The conlang I'm currently working on distinguishes between remote past, past and non-past, the past tenses being further divided into general and wittnessed ones. A small subset of verbs also distinguishes between habitual, progressive and perfective aspects and are used as auxiliaries for verbs tha...
by Avo
11 Sep 2015 03:02
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Misremembered spelling/pronunciation
Replies: 73
Views: 5768

Re: Misremembered spelling/pronunciation

Back when I was learning English, I had a hard time with knowledge and available and kept spelling them knowdelge and aviable for some reason. And I've been remembering diacritic as diactric for years. As a child I could never get over the <c> in the Italian word acqua (despite it being clearly audi...
by Avo
04 Sep 2015 23:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 896148

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

HoskhMatriarch wrote:Does anyone have any resources on umlaut/metaphony/vowel assimilation processes in languages other than Germanic and Romance?
"Unraveling the History of the Vowels of Seventeen Northern Vanuatu Languages"
by Avo
04 Sep 2015 15:16
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Demystifying the Caucasus
Replies: 22
Views: 4117

Demystifying the Caucasus

Hello I don't remember when I started reading articles about languages on Wikipedia, but I do remember when I discovered Georgian and, through it, the whole Caucasian linguistic landscape. I was already familiar with the basic concepts of linguistics, but it was this discovery that truly got me into...