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by Adarain
09 Aug 2017 00:09
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 249
Views: 118430

Re: Jokes

qwed117 wrote:
Adarain wrote:
Egerius wrote: ba-dum-tsss...
:yout: Two Drums and a Cymbal Fall off a Cliff

Really? That emoticon showed properly in the preview…
Does this work better?
Yes it does but then the :yout: isn’t a link anymore; either way the interesting bit was that the preview showed it as working.
by Adarain
08 Aug 2017 13:04
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 249
Views: 118430

Re: Jokes

Egerius wrote: ba-dum-tsss...
:yout: Two Drums and a Cymbal Fall off a Cliff

Really? That emoticon showed properly in the preview…
by Adarain
19 Jul 2017 14:32
Forum: Translations
Topic: Ape Shall Not Kill Ape
Replies: 17
Views: 2506

Re: Ape Shall Not Kill Ape

:con: Semụr Le fenlèhn ụdîl ọle fenlèhn lenǂgộr. [lɛ fɛnˈlɛ̀n̥ ɯˈdîl ʌlɛ fɛnˈlɛ̀n̥ lɛŋ͡ǂʌ̂ɾ] (just noticed my stress placement is wrong. Oh well.) ∅-∅-le fenlèhn udîl V-∅-le fenlèhn le-nǂgộr NOM-COLL-ANI person(ANI) TR.NEG.IMP.PRS.PRO ACC-COLL-ANI person(ANI) ANI-kill Apes must not kill apes or Apes...
by Adarain
18 Jul 2017 22:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 938289

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

I reckon this is the first comment I’ve got about that quote, and I’m pretty sure I’ve had it in my signature either since I’ve joined the CBB or since shortly thereafter. It’s definitely my favourite stanza(?) from the Hávamǫ́l.
by Adarain
18 Jul 2017 20:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 938289

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

In Ergativity, Dixon makes a little summary list of all split systems known to exist which split based on animacy/topic-worthiness. There are example languages given to each system, but no example sentences sadly. All systems follow the rule that for more animate NPs you find accusative marking, and...
by Adarain
18 Jul 2017 19:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 938289

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

I'd be curious to know the answer to that question too. Outside of IE, I mean. No IE languages distinguish nom/acc in the neuter that I know of (Adarain is right about Hittite, where neuters take on ergative alignment--not sure about the other Anatolian languages). But what about outside of IE? Is ...
by Adarain
18 Jul 2017 16:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 938289

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

For example all western IE languages I’m aware of do not distinguish nominative and accusative in the neuters. Which (if any) languages possessing masculine, feminine, and neuter genders also morphologically distinguish--usually or always--accusative from nominative? Germanic languages. Except in t...
by Adarain
18 Jul 2017 14:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 938289

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

For example all western IE languages I’m aware of do not distinguish nominative and accusative in the neuters. Which (if any) languages possessing masculine, feminine, and neuter genders also morphologically distinguish--usually or always--accusative from nominative? Germanic languages. Except in t...
by Adarain
17 Jul 2017 22:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4489
Views: 938289

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

What alignment is rarest in natlangs? This question has the false premise of assuming there to be a finite number of alignments. Basically all languages are either purely nom/acc or show some kind of split system (bear in mind however that many languages we consider to be purely accusative are actu...
by Adarain
17 Jul 2017 16:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2114
Views: 321353

Re: Yay or Nay?

Wow, this is a really beautiful phone inventory. It is beautiful on its own, but clicks would also really fit it, because you already have a contrast in aspiration/voicing and also affricates. So I would say, yes add clicks. Be sure to connect the MOAs to the other consonants though, so voiceless n...
by Adarain
17 Jul 2017 15:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2114
Views: 321353

Re: Yay or Nay?

Back in ye olden days, I had a plan for Mesak to have a substrate language/civilization, and said language would have clicks. However, I’ve since repurposed Semụr as said substrate. Do I add clicks to its phonology? This is the phone inventory, where parentheses are allophonic only: http://i.imgur.c...
by Adarain
16 Jul 2017 12:33
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What have you been reading lately? (non-linguistic ed.)
Replies: 51
Views: 20989

Re: What are you reading? or What have you been reading?

Lately I've been filling my literary gap that is Pratchett. I've read eight of his books now. Now it's time to go back to some heavier reading with The Languages of Native North America.
by Adarain
14 Jul 2017 15:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5963
Views: 1412732

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

Pretty sure he actually wanted to know if any languages fused subject and object pronouns into a single pronoun, because that's what he asked. I believe the answer is 'yes', but can't prove it. Just though I'd go back to this with some kinda obvious examples I missed Italian does it but only with t...
by Adarain
14 Jul 2017 02:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 747
Views: 166725

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

I would've expected speakers to change one of the pair, even just in terms of tone, so as to avoid confusion. But then, maybe natlangs are more tolerant of possible ambiguity than I'd be. [:P] In Korean, "arm" is pal and "foot" is bal . This makes me think of how the pair 姉 ane "one's older sister"...
by Adarain
14 Jul 2017 01:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2114
Views: 321353

Re: Yay or Nay?

I am working on a language with a phonology inspired by eastern slavic languages. I basically have a lot of palatalized consonants and have the following vowels: i~ɪ u~ʊ e~ɛ o a I like that Russian has allophony in its vowels depending on the consonant context (or maybe it is the reverse, I don't r...
by Adarain
13 Jul 2017 14:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2114
Views: 321353

Re: Yay or Nay?

I like the infix more personally, however you could always consider a mix of the two: Have a suffix -i that is generally realized as final /ɪ/ but metathesizes with the final consonant in a VC_# environment to become Vi̯C#, perhaps depending on the qualities of the vowels and consonant or whether th...
by Adarain
12 Jul 2017 12:47
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Finiteness and nonfinite verb forms
Replies: 7
Views: 9398

Re: Finiteness and nonfinite verb forms

What I'm mostly lacking here is examples of how these categories crop up in other languages. What would be some good example sentences to go asking around for translations?

In particular I'm still not quite sure about the distinction of infinitives and converbs.
by Adarain
11 Jul 2017 18:38
Forum: Translations
Topic: Al made Bob convince Carl to give Ellie Dobbin for Fran
Replies: 15
Views: 8601

Re: Al made Bob convince Carl to give Dobbin to Ellie for Fr

:sui: Swiss German (a) D’Alice het dr Bob drzua brocht, dr Karl z’überreda für da Fran d’Ellie am Dobbin z’ge. d=Alice het dr Bob drzua brocht, dr Karl z=überreda für da Frank d=Ellie am Dobbin z=ge. DEF=Alice AUX DEF Bob to_it brought, DEF Karl to=convince for DEF.ACC Frank DEF=Ellie DEF.DAT Dobbin...
by Adarain
08 Jul 2017 00:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6678
Views: 1082318

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I’ve finished yet another speedlang, this time in 5 days. I present to you Neo-Rhaetian, the most extinct language I’ve made so far: https://github.com/Adarain/Speedlanging/blob/master/3rd%20Challenge.pdf note: some footnotes containing URLs don’t show up properly on the web render, at least in my b...
by Adarain
05 Jul 2017 17:15
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 1213
Views: 300858

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Eh, a good performance of the musical is better than the movie, I would say. I feel that way about The Phantom of the Opera too. While I’m sure that’s true, I live in rural switzerland. Good performances of muscials are something of a rarity around here, and unlike movies you can’t just download th...