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by HoskhMatriarch
06 Aug 2016 09:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1128
Views: 371157

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

Body part systems in New Guinea have been known about for a while: No, that has not be known about by me. Anyways, I must have been confused, because Welsh doesn't do anything weird at all. There is some language though that's base 20 with a subbase of 15, and I'm not sure what, or how they came to...
by HoskhMatriarch
06 Aug 2016 01:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1128
Views: 371157

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

What would happen if two groups that don't speak the same language at all had to communicate with each other long-term? I think probably there would just be a pidgin, but after a long enough time I think someone (probably from the non-dominant group) might actually learn the other group's language,...
by HoskhMatriarch
06 Aug 2016 01:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1128
Views: 371157

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

What would happen if two groups that don't speak the same language at all had to communicate with each other long-term? I think probably there would just be a pidgin, but after a long enough time I think someone (probably from the non-dominant group) might actually learn the other group's language, ...
by HoskhMatriarch
05 Aug 2016 23:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Language Theft
Replies: 65
Views: 4432

Re: Language Theft

Wait, there's a legal hassle if you steal a conlang and use it commercially? Where's that law? Short version: it's unclear. But any actual presentation of the language - like if they take parts of your written grammar - is obviously copyright, and the status of the rest is sufficiently unclear that...
by HoskhMatriarch
05 Aug 2016 21:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Interesting (yet unrealistic) colour system
Replies: 25
Views: 2930

Re: Interesting (yet unrealistic) colour system

Well, the Latin alphabet does make people more likely to want 5 vowels, but 5 vowels is the most common number of vowels, and it's more common to have more than fewer. I would say the really European thing is to have long/tense and short/lax vowels or umlauts, but there are lots of non-European lang...
by HoskhMatriarch
05 Aug 2016 21:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Language Theft
Replies: 65
Views: 4432

Re: Language Theft

Wait, there's a legal hassle if you steal a conlang and use it commercially? Where's that law?
by HoskhMatriarch
05 Aug 2016 20:52
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Weird homophones
Replies: 37
Views: 5981

Re: Weird homophones

Polish: morze (sea) vs może (perhaps) vs może (he/she can) As a result, the book title "The Old Man and the sea" is quite funny when translated into Polish: "Stary człowiek i morze" - if you take it with the third meaning above, it sounds like "The Old Man that (still) can (have sex)." Haha. I also...
by HoskhMatriarch
05 Aug 2016 20:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 2781
Views: 682200

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

I would go with /r/ or /ʀ/ as I really like to roll my r's (especially while singing or reciting poetry or prose). A lot of languages with /r/ tend to have [ɾ] as an allophone by the way. I really have a thing for /ʀ/ but I think you should just say sample words and sentences with the various rhotic...
by HoskhMatriarch
05 Aug 2016 18:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Silent sounds with articulation?
Replies: 17
Views: 3565

Re: Silent sounds with articulation?

Gemination is simply lengthening of consonants. Swiss German fortis consonants are geminate, at least in some dialects. I think the main source of confusion is that Swiss German has quite a few dialects. I know some speakers make a voicing distinction instead, aspiration shows up sometimes (my fort...
by HoskhMatriarch
05 Aug 2016 18:31
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1128
Views: 371157

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

Well, Sahar is not my world, it's the ConWorkShop world...
by HoskhMatriarch
05 Aug 2016 07:57
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1128
Views: 371157

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

Well, Sahar is supposed to be some sort of "scientifically plausible, near future hard sci-fi" thing, but then, they have fire-breathing dragons, people riding giant birds, reptile people, and a bunch of literal Germanic tribes living in a country called Thythiscaland which totally doesn't look like...
by HoskhMatriarch
05 Aug 2016 07:46
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Minimum grammar?
Replies: 6
Views: 1404

Re: Minimum grammar?

Well, any language that's useable by people for everything people do is quite complicated, so if you're talking about the "amount of grammar" a "finished" language has, I think that's nonsensical (I've heard people talking about making "simple" languages before, I'm not saying that's what you're doi...
by HoskhMatriarch
05 Aug 2016 07:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 894274

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

OK, I'm kind of not sure "aspect" is actually a coherent grammatical category, and I think there are at least two things that get called "aspect" (I also have some other grammatical categories that I suspect of being like this, but aspect is the one I think it's the most obvious on). For example: I ...
by HoskhMatriarch
04 Aug 2016 07:57
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1128
Views: 371157

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

Well, the idea of a nation-state is really a modern Western-European idea, but the idea of a state per se is not, nor is putting in some sort of ethnic kind of component or "nationalism" (like that Latin quote about how it is sweet and honorable to die for your country). Just do research on empires,...
by HoskhMatriarch
04 Aug 2016 04:22
Forum: In other languages
Topic: Anglish Spamthread
Replies: 270
Views: 157342

Re: Anglish Spamthread

It is said that if we don't want to be seen in a way we don't want, we should see others in a way they don't want; if we don't want to be handled in a way we don't want, we should handle others in a way they don't want. I think this is more to be a way to beshield ourselves than a way to make every...
by HoskhMatriarch
04 Aug 2016 04:17
Forum: In other languages
Topic: Altai jai Siberia Gisun(Altaic and Siberian languages)
Replies: 17
Views: 23666

Re: Altai jai Siberia Gisun(Altaic and Siberian languages)

I would just do this on the Language Practice Thread. I don't think enough people know "Altaic" and Paleosiberian languages to the point where they can post in them to have a dedicated thread.
by HoskhMatriarch
04 Aug 2016 04:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5737
Views: 1344400

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

Well, I stopped posting on the thread because people didn't seem to care at all after a while (I also keep changing things quite a bit). I can go back to that if people do care.
by HoskhMatriarch
04 Aug 2016 04:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5737
Views: 1344400

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

I don't think conlanging should just be about choosing preselected features off the menu of attestedness, and arranging them in approved combinations after receiving permission to do so from a panel of your peers. I believe at some point, ultimately, conlanging is supposed to be a creative endeavor...
by HoskhMatriarch
04 Aug 2016 04:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Weird homophones
Replies: 37
Views: 5981

Re: Weird homophones

k1234567890y wrote:Slovak:

je "he/she/it is" and je "he/she/it eats"
That made me try getting Google Translate to translate man ist, was man isst into Slovak so I could post it here and I can't tell what the Slovak one says but I know it's not right...
by HoskhMatriarch
04 Aug 2016 03:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Silent sounds with articulation?
Replies: 17
Views: 3565

Re: Silent sounds with articulation?

Tangentially, Swiss German has geminate plosives. If those show up phrase-initially, there's no way to acoustically perceive it, but they're still articulated as geminates. Isn't there also some sort of other difference between the fortis and lenis plosives though? I mean, if it's just gemination, ...