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by Pabappa
26 Aug 2019 03:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Cyrillisation game #2
Replies: 22
Views: 1486

Re: Cyrillisation game #2

Crimean Gothic: /m n/ м н /p b t d k g/ п б т д к ґ /f v θ s z ʃ x ɣ/ ф в ѳ с з ш х г /r l/ р л /j/ й in coda, otherwise use iotated vowels /ʃl ʃn ʃp ʃt ʃv/ spell as clusters /a e ə i o u/ а э і и о у /ja je jə jo ju/ я е ы ю ү ____ It almost seems too easy, ... i threw in a couple of tricks to sui...
by Pabappa
22 Aug 2019 03:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 896287

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

So what's the deal with Rashida Tlaib's surname? It's pronounced /tə'liːb/ as if the "l" and "a" were transposed in the spelling, similar to the pronunciation of "Favre". Knowing nothing about Arabic names or pronunciation, I have to ask: is this pronunciation an Anglicization or does it reflect th...
by Pabappa
21 Aug 2019 23:29
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 896287

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

Now that I think of it, I wonder if the name is a misspelling of Talib. There aren't too many surnames that have arisen through typos, but there are some .... and even if it's just a variant of Talib, that /tl/ cluster doesnt sound very Arabic to me, so it may be a poor representation of the origina...
by Pabappa
18 Aug 2019 01:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Semantic primes morphology
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Semantic primes morphology

https://www.frathwiki.com/Icecap_Moonshine_language (IMS) has oligosynthetic traits, though it's not fully oligosynthetic, nor are the morphemes semantic primes. But there are quite a lot of single-phoneme words nonetheless, and some C_C shells that require a vowel to appear between them. There's no...
by Pabappa
17 Aug 2019 22:35
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Benjamin and Southpaws
Replies: 6
Views: 829

Re: Benjamin and Southpaws

the etymology given in wiktionary makes sense enough to me: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/southpaw . http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/si ... s/southpaw says no, though, so you could be right
by Pabappa
14 Aug 2019 21:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4399
Views: 896287

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

Sometimes words like this overlap with contronyms. e.g. inflammable is its own antonym, even though the 2nd meaning of "not flammable" is rarely used. Along the same lines there's pregnable and impregnable , both listed in dictionaries as "fertile, capable of becoming pregnant", but the 2nd word als...
by Pabappa
04 Aug 2019 17:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5756
Views: 1347343

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

I think each of us retain inborn biases of sound associations, whether from our native languages, our adopted languages, or even our conlangs. Some may have more than others. I will never get rid of the association between /a/ and femininity that I picked up with high school Spanish. Likewise /o/ so...
by Pabappa
03 Aug 2019 00:22
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 309
Views: 203662

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

i think that almost all people using the term "Gothic Lolita" are aware of its etymology. As, Im sure, are the owners of a new restaurant near me called simply "Lolita", though I will never go there.
by Pabappa
31 Jul 2019 01:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6633
Views: 1030821

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Does anyone else have this kind of "kill your darlings" moment with a conlang, where you suddenly understand you've been laboring under an incorrect assumption yes and that phrase looks familiar. But instead of throwing out the language, I start another and put them both in the same place in the co...
by Pabappa
30 Jul 2019 23:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 22
Views: 4557

Re: Languages with interesting phonotactics

One thing I notice about Semitic languages is that they don't seem to have a lot of homorganic nasal+stop clusters. /mb mp nt nd/ etc. Might it be because of the triconsonantal root system? As has already been said, Semitic languages tolerate many unusual consonant clusters in order to preserve the...
by Pabappa
30 Jul 2019 14:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 22
Views: 4557

Re: Languages with interesting phonotactics

One thing I notice about Semitic languages is that they don't seem to have a lot of homorganic nasal+stop clusters. /mb mp nt nd/ etc.
by Pabappa
23 Jul 2019 19:00
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A weird confession regarding conworlding...
Replies: 8
Views: 2156

Re: A weird confession regarding conworlding...

My interests have changed over time. When I was 6 years old I was all about maps, .... and I stayed that way for quite a while. not so imaginative back then...my main accomplishment was a continent that had the same shape as my bedroom, but oh well, I was proud of it. I like the video game idea. I s...
by Pabappa
21 Jul 2019 00:44
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Referring to a subject only once
Replies: 6
Views: 1360

Re: Referring to a subject only once

Or you could make the cubs part of mother wolf: mother wolf rallied herself in the cubs. As silly as this sounds, I think you'd get used to it quickly and it would become 2nd nature if all such clauses were formed like that. And it would be just as transparent as doing it the English way. I like th...
by Pabappa
18 Jul 2019 23:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5756
Views: 1347343

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

Any ideas how infixes arise? I know analogised metathesis is one way, but I wanted to find a way for vowel infixing. make your verb (or whatever youre modifying) into a circumfix while the element in the middle remains dynamic. e.g. proto-Pumpkin lapala "to speak" vs bu lapala "spoke" ----> Early P...
by Pabappa
18 Jul 2019 23:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5756
Views: 1347343

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

Any ideas how infixes arise? I know analogised metathesis is one way, but I wanted to find a way for vowel infixing. make your verb (or whatever youre modifying) into a circumfix while the element in the middle remains dynamic. e.g. proto-Pumpkin lapala "to speak" vs bu lapala "spoke" ----> Early P...
by Pabappa
10 Jul 2019 04:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5756
Views: 1347343

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

I used evidentials.... feel/see/hear=1/2/3. Also feel/see/Ø would work.
by Pabappa
09 Jul 2019 18:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5756
Views: 1347343

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

and I just use logical strategies to choose whether a word should be included or not. For example; nēr for "man". But then I realise Quenya already uses nér (ner-) for "man"! for what its worth, that word is also in IE with that meaning ... c.f. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schleicher%27s_fable#Le...
by Pabappa
30 Jun 2019 20:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5756
Views: 1347343

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

Hmong has just /pl,bl/ I think. Some langs have just /tr/.
by Pabappa
23 Jun 2019 14:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5756
Views: 1347343

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

Quenya's not perfect. Find something in it you can do better....even if its a small thing.....and maybe that'll help.
by Pabappa
22 Jun 2019 01:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Have you created any idioms in your conlangs? What are some examples?
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Have you created any idioms in your conlangs? What are some examples?

Poswa is entirely without idioms as well, since the grammar depends on having only one word in each role in a sentence. That is, a phrase cannot substitute for a word. There are a few compounds whose meanings are slightly more than sum-of-parts, and some derived forms of certain words likewise, but ...