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by Pabappa
19 Mar 2018 02:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kuo (Placeholder name)
Replies: 2
Views: 623

Re: Kuo (Placeholder name)

Yes, [y] triggers palatalization in many languages. French doesn't have it but it's likely that it didn't have [y] when the palatalization began. Mandarin [y] always palatalizes velars before it. I think German [y] selects the ç allophone of its ich-laut.
by Pabappa
16 Mar 2018 03:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Linguistic purism in conlangs
Replies: 22
Views: 4831

Re: Linguistic purism in conlangs

My conlangs are entirely a priori , and almost entirely without loans. Outside of names, there is only one loanword in Poswa out of ~4000 roots in its dictionary, and one loanword in Pabappa in its ~3000 word dictionary. There will be more, but they will all be cultural terms that did not exist in t...
by Pabappa
15 Mar 2018 01:45
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread
Replies: 147
Views: 135625

Re: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread

I had a bit of a look there: some interesting concepts! Of course, I'd like to hear more the idea of "lack of sin". But I do wonder how this is squared with the concept of blasphemy and its really rather terrible sounding punishments! Thanks. Blasphemy does not harm anyone, but it is proof of a spi...
by Pabappa
13 Mar 2018 19:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Will Indo-Aryan no longer be an accepted term in Linguistics?
Replies: 15
Views: 8674

Re: Will Indo-Aryan no longer be an accepted term in Linguistics?

Afaik, Indo-Aryan refers to what we now call Indo-European, not to a subgroup. Since Persians were the original Aryans, it's possible it's been used as a synonym of Indo-Iranian, but it wouldn't make sense to call the Indic branch alone by any hyphenated name when Indic already covers it. Edit; appl...
by Pabappa
09 Mar 2018 16:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5798
Views: 1374957

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

I believe modern Dutch has /sx/ for German /š/, which indicates one possible path you could take, even if it was not quite the same path that German took, since x ----> š is easy to justify. But even so , I'm going to label this ❎unlikely if your/ h/ is a true h... A cluster of /h/ and /s/ in either...
by Pabappa
05 Mar 2018 02:04
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: A script challenge
Replies: 6
Views: 2292

Re: A script challenge

This is much harder than I expected, and probably harder than you expected too ... I havent even really gotten anywhere. What I can get of this, which may be all wrong, is this: 1) Some letters seem to function both as vowels and consonants, so the script probably does not consistently write a schwa...
by Pabappa
02 Mar 2018 15:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Non-pulmonic consonants
Replies: 17
Views: 2214

Re: Non-pulmonic consonants

Tapilula, the parent language of most of my conlangs, has an ejective /k_>/. The daughter languages vary from no ejectives to keeping just this one to having a full set, like Khulls which has /p_> pw_> t_> k_> kw_>/. But no implosives. I have a very minor sideline project that has clicks, but they'r...
by Pabappa
02 Mar 2018 05:46
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 101
Views: 46472

Re: Surprising cognates

If so I want to add :fra: étiquette & English ticket.... maybe not too surprising to those of us accustomed to french loanword patterns, but I find it amusing, particularly how it boomeranged back to us.
by Pabappa
28 Feb 2018 17:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: How would you romanize Kazakh?
Replies: 24
Views: 7410

Re: How would you romanize Kazakh?

Very nice. It's still weird in various ways, but the new idea is more artistically appealing and apparently more helpful for programmers.
by Pabappa
27 Feb 2018 05:17
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 67097

Re: Mto

In Entleis, it's fairly uncommon, but there also aren't exactly a whole lot of long-term marriages. Men are contracted for their ability to produce offspring and care for them for the requisite time, Entleis sounds like an interesting place😉 and while there can be an "arranged" feel to this, the wo...
by Pabappa
25 Feb 2018 07:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 685
Views: 182317

Re: False cognates

I thought I did this one already but I couldn't find it on a search....

:fra: échine "spine" != :lat: echinus "hedgehog, sea urchin; spiny animal". There's also :eng: "hedgehog" vs :pie: *héģhis, but the pronunciation of the PIE could be wrong.
by Pabappa
24 Feb 2018 20:35
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread
Replies: 147
Views: 135625

Re: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread

Ive been wanting to post here in order to revive the thread, but I dont have much to add. What is the relationship between magic and religion in your world? This thread has some good ideas. For me to answer, I'd have to come up withan in-world definition of "magic". I'd say that magic is what the go...
by Pabappa
24 Feb 2018 18:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 311777

Re: Yay or Nay?

I like this idea. One more question: can *all three* consonants be the same? Estonian and some other Uralic languages allow triple stops and certain other consonants.
by Pabappa
22 Feb 2018 03:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 914712

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

Is there any chance that the Slavic patronymics in -ov, etc are a direct loan of Greek masculine genitive -ou, which is also a patronymic? I couldnt find info on the etymology of the Russian sufx paradigm. I know rhat the gk is from pie.
by Pabappa
21 Feb 2018 18:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 914712

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

Basque may have played a role. Old Basque contrasted gemination for /n l r /, but not for stops or the labial nasal /m/.
by Pabappa
21 Feb 2018 18:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 685
Views: 182317

Re: False cognates

And I'm told that: :eng: spank is not cognate to :por: espancar with a similar meaning. But the derivations are unknown. The Pt word does not seem to appear in any other Romance language. ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷ :isr: Obadiah and :ara: Abdullah , variants of a given name, mean "slave of God", both traceable to t...
by Pabappa
21 Feb 2018 17:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5798
Views: 1374957

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

One more thing, are there any languages without conjunctions? presumably inuktitut and similarly polysynthetic languages would count, since the conjunction s would need to be inflected as verbs. By the same token, my conlangs ate *almost* free of conjunction s... but I decided to keep "and, if, but...
by Pabappa
21 Feb 2018 17:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5798
Views: 1374957

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

Is there a term for an inflectional paradigm that is a composite of two previously independent paradigms? Like in Latin where the accusative plural from one declension is borrowed into another. Basically the opposite of syncretism .... The idea is to preserve differences that would normally be erode...
by Pabappa
19 Feb 2018 19:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 739
Views: 160537

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

On Wikipedia around 2005, the developers borrowed a German software module, Aufsicht , into English as "extension:Oversight", with the verb also being called "oversight" and the agent of this verb being "oversighter". For some reason, perhaps just to make it easier for developers, even the German Wi...
by Pabappa
18 Feb 2018 05:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5798
Views: 1374957

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

Wouldn't it need 73,960 characters? Or are the codas more restrictive?

Either that, or the codas can be given standalone consonant signs... but that wouldn't be a true syllabary.

I like the hangul idea.