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by Ser
26 Jul 2019 22:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: FreeWordOrder SerialVerb Concordial VerbClass
Replies: 14
Views: 3048

Re: FreeWordOrder SerialVerb Concordial VerbClass

Isn’t it generally true for nouns that their gender doesn’t change as they decline? (Well, Bantu noun-classes are paired, a singular one with a plural one; and two different singular classes can be paired with the same plural class; so they might be an exception to that last sentence.) Yes, in Arab...
by Ser
26 Jul 2019 16:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5943
Views: 1405263

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

Happens with phones as well. I don't plan on, actually, using he extensions unless they become widely-supported. Just wanted to let you guys know alternatives exist, despite being poorly-supported. What extensions are you referring to? This is the Private Use Area, and its purpose is to never be st...
by Ser
26 Jul 2019 16:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: FreeWordOrder SerialVerb Concordial VerbClass
Replies: 14
Views: 3048

Re: FreeWordOrder SerialVerb Concordial VerbClass

eldin raigmore wrote:
26 Jul 2019 13:18
Thanks, Ser! That’s very helpful, too!
Although I should add I failed to mention that a verb can have more than one verbal noun, and it is possible that one is feminine and the other one or two are masculine, say.
by Ser
26 Jul 2019 06:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: FreeWordOrder SerialVerb Concordial VerbClass
Replies: 14
Views: 3048

Re: FreeWordOrder SerialVerb Concordial VerbClass

VERB CLASSES! BECAUSE VERBS CAN BE MASCULINE OR FEMININE TOO! Thank you eldin, yes, that was helpful. My first thought is that this is kind of attested in Arabic. Verbal nouns (akin to infinitives in European languages) take a gender, quite unpredictably masculine or feminine among basic verbs but m...
by Ser
26 Jul 2019 00:35
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: FreeWordOrder SerialVerb Concordial VerbClass
Replies: 14
Views: 3048

Re: FreeWordOrder SerialVerb Concordial VerbClass

What do you mean by "concordial verb classes"? I had quick look Lao Kou's Gearthnuns thread and I couldn't identify anything that could be called that. (That thread is very long though, and it's likely it is there somewhere.)
by Ser
21 Jul 2019 06:14
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 933159

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

Dedī itself! That makes sense.

Meanwhile I wonder just how much literature on dialectal variants one studying this stuff seriously would need to go through...
by Ser
21 Jul 2019 03:47
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Different Way of Doing Adpositions - help request
Replies: 24
Views: 7633

Re: Different Way of Doing Adpositions - help request

Basically, what you are saying is that a gender simply like grouping or classifying? I could have as many objects as I want for one verb as long as they have the same 'gender'. And I could have my many verbs that all still make sense (I am not sure if they are still classified as serial in this cas...
by Ser
21 Jul 2019 03:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 933159

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

Old French weak preterites in -ui (like valui , valus , valut ...) I was discussing your posts with a French guy who likes linguistics/romlangs a lot, and this topic seems pretty interesting. A list of verbs I made in the process (using E. Einhorn's Francien handbook, except for oloir which I looke...
by Ser
20 Jul 2019 17:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: "Neutral" accents in second languages
Replies: 8
Views: 2382

Re: "Neutral" accents in second languages

The one that has persisted throughout since Nanchang is [f] for [h], I still often say "fuo" for "huo" (fire) (火), "feng" for "hong" (红) (red), or "fa" for "hua" (花) (flower). Also, "fong" for "feng" (风)(wind) -- I wasn't even aware I did this until it was pointed out to me. Suzhou speakers don't s...
by Ser
20 Jul 2019 16:42
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Lesson/Guide Requests
Replies: 107
Views: 175633

Re: Lesson/Guide Requests

Anybody got anything on how to create a hieroglyphic script à la Egyptian? The Index Diachronica PDF link in your sig is broken. I think he's not taking care of it anymore, particularly since some people grabbed it and made some things with it for some reason. There was some guy who made a (paid) a...
by Ser
20 Jul 2019 14:42
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Different Way of Doing Adpositions - help request
Replies: 24
Views: 7633

Re: Different Way of Doing Adpositions - help request

There is nothing wrong in having multiple verbs with their objects modifying each other in a sentence. This doesn't make sentences "full" or "cluttered", in fact, this is what serial verb constructions are all about! I disagree with Mándinrùh, as using serial verb constructions would be an easy solu...
by Ser
03 Feb 2019 01:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 36
Views: 39872

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

[...] Salmoneus, I find these posts you've been writing in this thread extremely interesting. Do you recommend any particular books or authors where I could read more about the interaction of economics and birthrates, economics and the value of people (men or women, capital-owners or labourers), an...
by Ser
19 Jan 2019 16:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: If natlangs were conlangs
Replies: 101
Views: 59751

Re: If natlangs were conlangs

Old Church Slavonic has many cases marked and distinguished by a single vowel: gradŭ grade grada gradě gradu gradi grady. And there's a bit of syncretism of different case and number combinations, to make matters worse: gradŭ 'the city, of the cities', grade 'oh city!', grada 'of the city, the two c...
by Ser
16 Jan 2019 00:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4465
Views: 933159

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

And then there's the languages of India, where the numbers from 1 to 99 are so irregular you basically have to memorize them all one by one.
by Ser
15 Jan 2019 23:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 104
Views: 48669

Re: Surprising cognates

GrandPiano wrote:
12 Jan 2019 23:55
If Latin fūnus comes from the PIE root *dʰew-, then "death" and "funeral" are related.
Along similar lines:
Latin figere 'to pierce; fasten' ~ Spanish hincarse 'to kneel down' ~ English dig
by Ser
15 Jan 2019 23:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Looking for "hanyu da cidian" radical list
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: Looking for "hanyu da cidian" radical list

If I recall correctly (I haven't looked at it in many years), the Hanyu Da Cidian uses the traditional 214 radicals. However, it is true that many Simplified Chinese dictionaries use a reduced idiosyncratic inventory of radicals, ranging from about 170 to 200. For example, the Collins Gem Mandarin C...
by Ser
15 Jan 2019 22:41
Forum: Translations
Topic: Indirect speech
Replies: 12
Views: 4496

Re: Indirect speech

:chn: Mandarin Chinese, as far as I know, doesn't mark indirect speech. 他们说:“我们在去电影院” Tāmen shuō: “Wŏmen zài qù diànyĭngyuàn.” 3PL say: 1PL PROG go cinema They said: "We are going to the cinema." 他们说他们在去电影院。 Tāmen shuō tāmen zài qù diànyĭngyuàn. 3PL say 3PL PROG go cinema They said that they were g...
by Ser
28 Feb 2018 03:20
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Lesson/Guide Requests
Replies: 107
Views: 175633

Re: Lesson/Guide Requests

Imralu seems to be comfortable with Swahili to a good extent. Maybe you could nudge him to post a guide or perhaps a series of posts of interesting (glossed) bits about Swahili grammar.
by Ser
24 Feb 2018 08:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay IX
Replies: 180
Views: 37638

Re: CBB Conlang Relay IX

I like the overall aesthetics of Ngäliv Ëra, both in phonology and grammar. It reminds me of one of my abandoned projects at least... Although the syntax of Ngäliv Ëra is significantly more f*cked up, in a good way. [:)] I must say I lol'd when I saw Fluffy8x's conlang presentation in actual Markdow...
by Ser
04 Feb 2018 13:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Interesting spectra and categories
Replies: 19
Views: 4257

Re: meta: Interesting spectra and categories

Each category and spectrum is in its own paragraph. Commas delimit English concepts that are being conflated into a new one. Two lines separated by the letter v indicate 2 points that define a spectrum. "//" means "[repeat the above]" Better? Definitely better. Using "vs." and double quotes to repe...