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by Pabappa
09 Feb 2018 17:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 739
Views: 157025

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Orthographically similar: :eng: N*gger; Niger. that's a good one..... It fooled me for a long time because it seems obvious and there are a cluster of other nations named after the dark skin of their inhabitants... see https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_the_blacks . ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷ Re: d>l, note also ...
by Pabappa
03 Feb 2018 23:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6639
Views: 1043457

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I've been trying to overhaul the Charric languages so that it's not very large. Are the stop pairs related. e.g. i see p/pʷ in one language, p/pʰ in another, p/pʕ in a third and p/p' in a fourth ... are these sets derived from a single original contrast, or is it more complex? Ive been working on s...
by Pabappa
03 Feb 2018 22:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6639
Views: 1043457

Re: What did you accomplish today?

yet another new minor conlang, likely used for placenames only: Fojy consonants: /p m mp kp ŋm ṭ ṇ ṇṭ t n nt l r s k ŋ ŋk h/ Possibly also /j w/ if either or both can contrast with allophones of the corresponding vowels. There are also syllabic nasals ... at least /m n ŋ/, possibly also /ṇ/ (dental)...
by Pabappa
31 Jan 2018 22:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6639
Views: 1043457

Re: What did you accomplish today?

:con: Poswa "forbid / deny" verbal affix -t-, from (used in imperative) earlier typ "to cover". witi! "shut up! " prumpi "cover your ears[/b]...mpt>mp wapati "put on your shoes" (lit. Cover your feet) poti "just hold it" (having to use the bathroom) All of these are identical in form to (in some cas...
by Pabappa
30 Jan 2018 20:25
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 30
Views: 31799

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

Finnish to me is the most beautiful language to sing in I'm not sure if I agree in general, but it definitely can sound ugly . Very deep, masculine voice. Though I cant say how much of my impression is because I like his voice and how much is because of the words Im listening to. When I get a chanc...
by Pabappa
30 Jan 2018 05:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 30
Views: 31799

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

I think Japanese sounds much too guttural to ever be appealing. it's like lukewarm tea where all of the flavor is missing. Are you able to identify what about it sounds guttural to you? “Guttural” languages usually seem to be languages that have velar, uvular, or pharyngeal consonants not found in ...
by Pabappa
28 Jan 2018 00:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The worst sounding natlang ever
Replies: 30
Views: 31799

Re: The worst sounding natlang ever

I think Japanese sounds much too guttural to ever be appealing. it's like lukewarm tea where all of the flavor is missing. the most similar European language, Finnish, is much more appealing, esp for singing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL_HBiJy1ww https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKRvD5i44Ko the...
by Pabappa
26 Jan 2018 02:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6639
Views: 1043457

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Made my least favorite conlang family, Fojy , a little more interesting by exchanging the voiced stops out for pharyngealized voiceless ones, which helps because the parent language had also had pharyngealized nasals and now I can retain those as well. The full inventory of consonants gained is /pʕ ...
by Pabappa
25 Jan 2018 17:52
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 685
Views: 179548

Re: False cognates

:irl: domhain "world" != :gbr: "domain" or any of its cognates.


:irl: fuar "cold" != :es: "frio" or any if it's cognates.
by Pabappa
19 Jan 2018 04:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lextreme2018
Replies: 60
Views: 11218

Re: Lextreme2018

:con: Pabappa

wapippap "fingernails"
by Pabappa
18 Jan 2018 01:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5783
Views: 1363706

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

You could reverse it to yn at the end of the wortd, or even just y if it doesn't conflict.
by Pabappa
13 Jan 2018 23:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 907312

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

when I was very young I came up with a system for forming the numbers 0-9 with my hands. I was just being creative ... Ive never learned sign language or even the signed alphabet . I only used three fingers. Most numbers can be easily formed with three or even two fingers, but for the number "5" i j...
by Pabappa
13 Jan 2018 22:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5783
Views: 1363706

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

"My hands are red" could then be reanalyzed as "the hands i have are red", adding just 1 morpheme.in most cases the speaker will want to emphasize "red", not the possession, so putting the predicate wherever your language normally does will help with that. I hope that this was helpful....If you dec...
by Pabappa
12 Jan 2018 19:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

Re: Thoughts on Problematic Stuff in Mesak

I don't have the linguistic bg to really understand all of the terms, so i a pologize, but I don't really see how type 4 differs from type 2. E.g. in English we can say "duckhunt" as a verb, and the object can be just a type of duck such as mallards. Likewise for "I babysat the girls" etc. Eyegrow i...
by Pabappa
10 Jan 2018 03:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lextreme2018
Replies: 60
Views: 11218

Re: Lextreme2018

Im interested in posting when I can, but Im not sure I understand ... when you say that there should be no derivation and no compounding, by that you mean, not from existing words in the lexicon? I find the task of combining existing words to make new ones to be the most challenging form of word bui...
by Pabappa
09 Jan 2018 19:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: The Urxan language
Replies: 6
Views: 1097

Re: The Urxan language

I don't think you need the superscript J after the palatals... palatalization is only marked as secondary articulation, because a palatal consonant is palatalized by definition. Some Slavic languages seem to have a distinction even so, but I'm told this is really about the presence or absence of a d...
by Pabappa
09 Jan 2018 15:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5783
Views: 1363706

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

If the language is zero copula, would think just a spmple "house-1p" would indicate the required meaning. No need for reduplication unless giving emphasis. "My hands are red" could then be reanalyzed as "the hands i have are red", adding just 1 morpheme.in most cases the speaker will want to emphasi...
by Pabappa
08 Jan 2018 22:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexicon milestones
Replies: 222
Views: 72852

Re: Lexicon milestones

[quote= Do you want me to remove Poswa from my list now? that's up to you, but I don't think I'll ever make it back to 10000 and I'm more proud of the ~3600 I have now than of the ~10500 i had had then, so i wouldnt put Poswa on that list myself. I havent used the name Mercator in a long time, ... ...
by Pabappa
08 Jan 2018 15:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 907312

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

Pay toilets in Europe used to cost a cent, hence the expression "spend a penny" ... I guess the Welsh were a little more generous with that particular custom. I'm told it was 50 cents in Spain until recently.
by Pabappa
05 Jan 2018 18:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 739
Views: 157025

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

I'm told that in Swedish, :swe: hel "whole" and vete "wheat" are not combined to make a word for whole wheat bread , because if they did the result would be identical with or resemble helvete "Hell".

Presumably, :lat: Helvetia "Switzerland " is unrelated to either of them.