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by Ser
04 Oct 2019 23:46
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 23
Views: 6960

Re: Languages with interesting phonotactics

In Old Church Slavonic, all syllables must end in a vowel, while there are consonant clusters. So words like kostь "bone(nom.sg)" is rendered as ko-stь instead of kos-tь Well, lots of languages are also commonly analyzed with their [st] medial clusters analyzed as onsets, because they allow initial...
by Ser
29 Sep 2019 04:23
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.
Replies: 11
Views: 20402

Re: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.

clawgrip wrote:
29 Sep 2019 02:36
Threads were deleted based on first post date, rather than last?
This thread would be a counterexample though, since it still exists even though the first post was pre-2015.
by Ser
26 Sep 2019 07:47
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Comfortable
Replies: 17
Views: 729

Re: Comfortable

It’s kind of unnatural to me to have three unstressed syllables in a row. I still pronounce it with the primary stress on the first syllable, but I think I may usually put a secondary stress on the last syllable. Does anyone else have a similar experience with this word? Or with other words? Maybe ...
by Ser
26 Sep 2019 06:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 915107

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

Does 小陽 mean "moon" in either Chinese or Japanese? I mean, it'd complement 太陽 and "little sun" seems like it could mean "moon"? Maybe I'm an idiot for thinking that, though... I tried to google but couldn't really find anything at all about what it actually means, only that it's a Japanese feminine...
by Ser
24 Sep 2019 08:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Comfortable
Replies: 17
Views: 729

Re: Comfortable

/ˈkʌmftəbəl/ [ˈkʰɐmftəb ə ɫ] is the most common pronunciation here in Vancouver, and is also the one that both gets mentioned the most in dictionaries and is typically taught in ESL classes. I've heard four-syllable pronunciations from native speakers sometimes, but only rarely. Your pronunciation, ...
by Ser
21 Sep 2019 18:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5799
Views: 1375629

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

That said, the kind of irregular reduction of common morphemes that brblues is asking about does happen now and then. The expected outcome of the Spanish 2PL verbal ending would be -ades. This is what Old Spanish had (cantātis > cantades), but then it was irregularly reduced to modern -áis (vos(otro...
by Ser
21 Sep 2019 02:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 915107

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

It seems that word order encodes which participant is the topic in all languages (?), while there must be some morphological marker for semantic roles (voice or case). Do languages that have morphological marker for topic but code semantic roles with word order exist? X-top V Y. 'X is Ving Y.' X V ...
by Ser
20 Sep 2019 07:38
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.
Replies: 11
Views: 20402

Re: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.

I thought this was clawgrip's guide to making scripts, but then I noticed it's not.

What used to be here before?
by Ser
15 Sep 2019 06:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 915107

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

It is positively archaic in modern Italian. Italian Wiktionary says it fell into disuse in 19th century.
by Ser
15 Sep 2019 03:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The alphabet has a secret and has been found
Replies: 44
Views: 1638

Re: The alphabet has a secret and has been found

Since the orthography was partially influenced by that of Latin, [θ] appearing in third person singular endings, which derives from Latin /t/, could be written as <t>, unless the word's Latin etymon was no longer recognisable: for example, [aθ] 'have-3.sg.pres' is usually written as <ad> and not <a...
by Ser
01 Sep 2019 21:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 2793
Views: 700720

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

Am asking, how does someone distinguish this? /a ä ɑ/ When speaking, you put your tongue in different positions when pronouncing each of the three. When listening, some part of your brain interprets the signals and identifies their acoustic differences to distinguish them. This looks like a facetio...
by Ser
30 Aug 2019 00:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Compound generator thread
Replies: 15
Views: 2970

Re: Compound generator thread

You're talking about γαλεός , ¿? I think he is, although Beekes prefers to link it to γαλέη 'weasel', yeah. But I'm not 100% sure about the spilled breastmilk myth. Κύκλος Γαλαξίας. Οὕτος γίνεται ἐν τοῖς φαινομένοις κύκλοις, ὃν προσαγορεύεσθαί φασι γαλαξίαν· οὐ γὰρ ἐξῆν τοῖς Διὸς υἱοῖς τῆς οὐρανίου...
by Ser
29 Aug 2019 03:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 915107

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

Also, liquids often have voiceless allophones. English /l/ and /ɹ/ become unvoiced after /p t k/. Many dialects of Spanish have [tɾ̥] (voiceless tap) for /tɾ/ (the man who runs the one Spanish radio program here in Vancouver even has [ʈʂ], and he comes from Concepción, Chile). Parisian French has [ʀ...
by Ser
29 Aug 2019 02:29
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Different Way of Doing Adpositions - help request
Replies: 24
Views: 6622

Re: Different Way of Doing Adpositions - help request

This is fine if it's about the writing system, but these interpretations have different pronunciations. Adverbs are more strongly stressed. In phrasal verbs too? How do you define the term "phrasal verb"? Different authors use very different definitions. At one extreme, some authors say that any ve...
by Ser
26 Aug 2019 18:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Suffix -age in English
Replies: 5
Views: 1906

Re: Suffix -age in English

The unstated followup question is “why not”? To the extent that you don't mind novel words, especially as a joke, I don't see why not either. You could use -age on a word on the left to form its mate on the right, using some semantic change typical of the suffix or other. Typical semantic changes o...
by Ser
26 Aug 2019 08:47
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Different Way of Doing Adpositions - help request
Replies: 24
Views: 6622

Re: Different Way of Doing Adpositions - help request

Differentiating between adpositions and adverbs in modern Germanic langs is even harder than in Finnish. (3) I [went in] the house. or (4) I went [in the house]. This is fine if it's about the writing system, but these interpretations have different pronunciations. Adverbs are more strongly stressed.
by Ser
26 Aug 2019 07:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Suffix -age in English
Replies: 5
Views: 1906

Re: Suffix -age in English

The answer is very obviously no. I don't understand the point of this thread.
by Ser
25 Aug 2019 18:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Compound generator thread
Replies: 15
Views: 2970

Re: Compound generator thread

Galaxy: star-hive, star-sea. Actually attested: Mandarin 恆星系 héngxīng-xì fixed.star-system, typically abbreviated to -星系 -xīng-xì star-system when it is itself part of a compound (e.g. 仙女星系 xiān-nǚ-xīngxì immortal-woman-galaxy 'Andromeda'). 恆星 heńg-xīng 'fixed star' is itself literally constant-star...
by Ser
25 Aug 2019 15:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5799
Views: 1375629

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

Anyone know a good/reliable resource for finding the 1000/1500/2000 most common words in Modern Standard Arabic? I don't, and it wouldn't surprise me if it turns out it doesn't exist. However, I'd say you could have a look at these vocabulary lists of common Standard Arabic words just as well (not ...
by Ser
18 Aug 2019 21:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5799
Views: 1375629

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

How are prenasalized consonants treated in between vowels? Are they considered separate or the same. For example, let's say you have /kamba/, would it be /ka.mba/ or /kam.ba/? I know that prenasalized consonants are treated as one phoneme at the beginning of the word instead of a syllabic nasal fol...