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by Ser
18 Oct 2019 07:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5971
Views: 1414387

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

Pabappa's observation is very relevant. A "what about" question can be classified in various of the other categories you provide. "Is Alice the murderer?" "No." "What about Bob?" "Yes." (Polar and direct.) "Who is the murderer?" "Alice." "And what about the driver that helped the murderer?" "Bob." (...
by Ser
17 Oct 2019 08:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 384
Views: 152420

Re: If English used diacritics

how could we be so ignorant the IPA, the IPA, the IPA, the IPA, the IPA, the IPA, the IPA,..., the IPA is the new English that used diacritics. Yeah, but it is wacko, in my opinion. We rather go to Vietnam and learn it's alphabet, which is a more modern alphabet. The IPA was invented to transcribe ...
by Ser
16 Oct 2019 01:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5971
Views: 1414387

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

Is it at all possible that a language currently spoken in Europe could lack the phoneme /j/ except in the case of loanwords? I'm having a hard time finding any languages which lack the sound. Well, Spanish doesn't have /j/ (although it does have [j] as a glide following another consonant in the ons...
by Ser
15 Oct 2019 05:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Uuxh: An Introduction
Replies: 19
Views: 1525

Re: Uuxh: An Anti-Aesthetic Language

An SF/fantasy-style hatelang? Not enough apostrophes. The writing system could be made more annoying with -oo- for u:, so that the language would be called Ooxh. (More seriously, it'd be good for you to learn the difference between phonemes and phones. "/matʃu/ > /matʃʷ/ or /maᵘtʃ/" would be better ...
by Ser
08 Oct 2019 07:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4492
Views: 939730

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

2) Does any language have a vowel that can allophonically become every other vowel? I don't mean developing into new vowels or completely merging into other vowels, but only under some conditions merging with any one of the other vowels while also remaining distinct under some other conditions? The...
by Ser
07 Oct 2019 00:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4492
Views: 939730

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

My knowledge of Swedish is close to non-existent, admittedly. It's because I always slept through the Swedish classes at school and have never had any real interest in learning it for political reasons; mandatory Swedish annoys me and I dislike how Finland follows Sweden in everything, and hate how...
by Ser
04 Oct 2019 23:46
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 23
Views: 8226

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: 20779

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: 1023

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: 4492
Views: 939730

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: 1023

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: 5971
Views: 1414387

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: 4492
Views: 939730

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: 20779

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: 4492
Views: 939730

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: 2280

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: 2813
Views: 720533

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: 3574

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: 4492
Views: 939730

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: 7754

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...