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by GrandPiano
26 Jan 2015 00:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Autonym etymology
Replies: 40
Views: 7047

Re: Autonym etymology

I was looking for the ways natlangs create their autonyms.
by GrandPiano
25 Jan 2015 22:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Autonym etymology
Replies: 40
Views: 7047

Autonym etymology

How do speakers of languages usually come up with names for their languages? A few trips to Wiktionary tells me that several languages do it with a combination of "place/tribe name + word/suffix meaning 'language' or 'of/pertaining to'", and often, the autonym for the language is the same as the aut...
by GrandPiano
25 Jan 2015 22:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6968
Views: 840859

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

I've noticed that my aspirated stops seem like they might be somewhat aspirated, so my [kʰ] might actually be [k͡xʰ] or [kˣʰ] (if that's how you transcribe mild affrication). Similarly, my [tʰ] might be [t͡sʰ] or [tˢʰ] and (much less noticeable) my [pʰ] might be [p͡ɸʰ] or [pᶲʰ].
by GrandPiano
25 Jan 2015 14:17
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How important is plausibility?
Replies: 27
Views: 4663

Re: How important is plausibility?

OK, good. [:)]
by GrandPiano
25 Jan 2015 05:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: WALS-like website for phonemes
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

Re: WALS-like website for phonemes

Phoible looks like it might have been it. Is there any way to do a combined search of two phonemes on Phoible (to see which language contrasts two specific sounds), the way you can search for multiple features on WALS? Also, is there a key somewhere? I can't find any indication of what the shapes an...
by GrandPiano
25 Jan 2015 04:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: kæn ju ɹid ˌaipiˈei
Replies: 228
Views: 31513

Re: kæn ju ɹid ˌaipiˈei

shimobaatar wrote:ɪŋludɪd
ðæt͡s ə ˈprɪɾi wiɹɾ wɛɪ̯ tʰə pʰɹəˈnæʊ̯ns <included>

weɹz ðə [k]?
by GrandPiano
25 Jan 2015 04:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Ververg
Replies: 7
Views: 1744

Re: Ververg

Is this a natural language in real life, or a national language in real life, or a native language in real life? If none of the above, then it's not a "natlang" and should be in the Conlang subforum instead of here. Judging by this it seems to be a commercially-succesful conlang, not a natlang. Am ...
by GrandPiano
25 Jan 2015 03:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: WALS-like website for phonemes
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

WALS-like website for phonemes

I could have sworn I remember coming across a website that was like the WALS , but instead of listing general features of the world's langauges (such as having lateral consonants or weight-sensitive stress), it (at least) listed specific phonemes of different languages (such as the voiced bilabial i...
by GrandPiano
25 Jan 2015 03:49
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How important is plausibility?
Replies: 27
Views: 4663

Re: How important is plausibility?

OK, because of a grammatical thing I have that involves voicing voiceless consonants, I've reintroduced [ɢ] to the phoneme inventory (written <g'>). I've also scrapped the alphabet thing to maybe redo later.

How plausible is it to have contrastive consonant gemination but not vowel length?
by GrandPiano
23 Jan 2015 02:34
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How important is plausibility?
Replies: 27
Views: 4663

Re: How important is plausibility?

OK, I've completely revamped my phonology to go for sounds that I can distinguish more easily. I've also decided to go for a bit less regularity and more plausibility. How plausible does this phoneme inventory look? Consonants: /p t k q/ <p t k q> /b d g/ <b d g> /m̥ n̥/ <hm hn> /m n/ <m n> /f s ʂ x...
by GrandPiano
21 Jan 2015 21:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 695
Views: 165206

Re: False cognates

How about English "give" and Mandarin "gěi" (traditional 給, simplified 给)?
by GrandPiano
21 Jan 2015 04:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Guess The Language!!!
Replies: 5373
Views: 358576

Re: Guess The Language!!!

Dezinaa wrote:(The only language I know of that uses <ƞ>)
Besides Greek.
by GrandPiano
20 Jan 2015 04:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Guess The Language!!!
Replies: 5373
Views: 358576

Re: Guess The Language!!!

I'm going to guess that it's some sort of African language, because its orthography uses IPA letters (isn't that a more widespread thing in African languages?).
by GrandPiano
20 Jan 2015 04:19
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Associating Letters and Colors (Not Synesthesia)
Replies: 13
Views: 2114

Associating Letters and Colors (Not Synesthesia)

I don't have synesthesia, and yet I have a strong association between the letters u and d and the colors red and green. Does anyone else have similar experiences? I have other letter/color associations, but most of the other ones can be explained, usually because the letter is in the name of the col...
by GrandPiano
20 Jan 2015 01:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What Languages Do You Want to Speak?
Replies: 113
Views: 16347

Re: What Languages Do You Want to Speak?

These are the languages I would most like to learn as a third language, in no particular order. :zho: Cantonese :jpn: Japanese :fra: French :rus: Russian :zho: Other Chinese languages :usa: Native American languages (especially Navajo and Cherokee) :kor: Korean :esp: Spanish :epo: Esperanto :arablea...
by GrandPiano
20 Jan 2015 01:32
Forum: In other languages
Topic: 这练习中文
Replies: 218
Views: 241766

Re: 这练习中文

One big problem with that memorization method is that it doesn't always work with simplified characters (which are what I use). Take, for example, the traditional Chinese character 龜, which means turtle. This character is very easy to remember, because it closely resembles a turtle (in fact, the way...
by GrandPiano
19 Jan 2015 03:21
Forum: In other languages
Topic: 这练习中文
Replies: 218
Views: 241766

Re: 这练习中文

I, too, agree that Pinyin is usually a much better choice than IPA when it comes to Chinese. Besides being designed for the language and therefore more convenient in this case, most of the characters are readily available on a regular Latin-alphabet keyboard, and those that aren't can be swapped for...
by GrandPiano
17 Jan 2015 01:35
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What languages do you speak?
Replies: 497
Views: 82470

Re: What languages do you speak?

I only knew what it meant because I looked it up in an online dictionary. Tip: Don't use Google Translate, use a dictionary. The literal meaning of the idiom is "How do you catch the tiger cub without entering the tiger's lair?". ("Not enter tiger cave, how get tiger child")
by GrandPiano
16 Jan 2015 04:34
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What languages do you speak?
Replies: 497
Views: 82470

Re: What languages do you speak?

不入虎穴,焉得虎子。 [}:D] I agree! I don't know if you guys have seen this guy 's blog, but he is a polyglot and one piece of advice he repeats a lot when it comes to learning languages is to start conversing in that language right away, even if you only have phrase-book-level knowledge. Besides, I don't th...
by GrandPiano
15 Jan 2015 04:48
Forum: In other languages
Topic: 这练习中文
Replies: 218
Views: 241766

Re: 这练习中文

大家好!我两年左右学习汉语,但我的汉语不很好。我要练习。