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by Xonen
16 Jul 2018 21:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 834
Views: 121267

Re: English Orthography Reform

Defining perfection that way, eeven chinese is perfect Yes, actually, Chinese is the other major language that has this property, as I understand it: two people can exchange letters and perfectly understand each other, but be unable to communicate with each other vocally. Sure, I've heard of this h...
by Xonen
15 Jul 2018 22:10
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1542
Views: 212937

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

No, bees pollinate flowers. Yellowjackets (and other wasps) mostly just murder things. I learned recently that wasps actually do pollinate, just not very effectively; they themselves eat nectar in their adult morph, but their grubs are insectivorous (which is why I used to think wasps were predator...
by Xonen
14 Jul 2018 23:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1542
Views: 212937

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

No, bees pollinate flowers. Yellowjackets (and other wasps) mostly just murder things. I learned recently that wasps actually do pollinate, just not very effectively; they themselves eat nectar in their adult morph, but their grubs are insectivorous (which is why I used to think wasps were predator...
by Xonen
14 Jul 2018 10:12
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1542
Views: 212937

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I got stung by a yellow-jacket this morning. It hurts so much [:'(] In general I don't hate or fear bugs, but these I loathe. We put up several traps, but there's just so many, there's only so much you can do. At least I'm not allergic. Damn contemnible, flower-pollinating hymenopterids! No, bees p...
by Xonen
09 Jun 2018 15:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 714
Views: 117234

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

:por: social democratico 'centre-right' (in politics) vs. :deu: sozialdemokratisch 'centre-left' (in politics) This actually strikes me as a fairly mild case of political terminology meaning different things in different countries, considering how much this can vary (indeed, sometimes even within t...
by Xonen
06 Jun 2018 18:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6794
Views: 726154

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

Re: Triglossia. Thanks! @elemtilas and @Xonen! I am interested in speech-communities wherein most people have two or more native languages and most adults are fluent in three or more languages. Right. I was thinking more along the lines of, say, Welsh, which I've several times seen given as a typic...
by Xonen
29 May 2018 17:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6794
Views: 726154

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

Triglossia There have been, historically, several cases of diglossia; But has there ever been an example of triglossia? According to Google, yes. Although many cases of diglossia actually seem to involve a lot more varieties than just two, anyway. So if we were to actually have a meaningful discuss...
by Xonen
25 May 2018 14:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 5969

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction

Well, it says “quick questions“. It doesn’t say “quick answers“! ...well, be that as it may, I do think the resulting discussion in this case is worth its own thread. But carry on. (Or not, in case the discussion is through. Still, worth being archived in a separate thread under its own title, IMO.)
by Xonen
21 May 2018 20:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6794
Views: 726154

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

AFAIU, it's a bit more complicated than that. In Classical Arabic, the construct state is essentially the same as the definite form of the noun, but without the prefixed article; that is, the -n  that usually marks indefinite nouns is dropped. We should emphasise that despite the mystique of semiti...
by Xonen
19 May 2018 22:26
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6794
Views: 726154

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

I'll repeat this question here. From which forms construct states / possessed cases usually develop? That's a helluv·a question; I can't claim to know the answer to it, but the possibility of adpositions fusing to adjacent nouns springs to mind, at least. Which would be a fairly typical way for cas...
by Xonen
12 May 2018 00:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6794
Views: 726154

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

Cross-linguistically the questions might be: * what’s the difference in meaning between the (to be)+(passive participle) and the (to have)+(active participle) constructions? Depends entirely on the language, I'm quite sure. Although I'd be surprised if there were a lot of non-European languages usi...
by Xonen
24 Apr 2018 23:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Non-English Orthography Reform
Replies: 294
Views: 79182

Re: Non-English Orthography Reform

... Okay, those are all good points. I guess I've lost sight of how different it is, haha. In any case, expecting normal people to find learning a whole new alphabet easy is a bit unreasonable, IMO. I guess that's also true, and it could be that I'm just naturally good at learning writing systems; ...
by Xonen
22 Apr 2018 12:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Non-English Orthography Reform
Replies: 294
Views: 79182

Re: Non-English Orthography Reform

The most important thing would be that it'd look cool and just for educational purposes, since practically all Finns I know (I obviously don't know all Finns, and not all are like this, but... most) who have ever had any interest in learning Russian have said that the hardest part about it is the a...
by Xonen
06 Apr 2018 22:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6794
Views: 726154

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

Are there languages without /h/ Yes. The prototypical example for English speakers would probably be French, which (like all modern Romance languages) has lost original Latin /h/ but has mostly kept the letter in spelling - which is why you get loanwords like honor , hour and even the name of the l...
by Xonen
01 Apr 2018 00:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 737
Views: 184778

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

Which is the correct English noun : —— “Tremendosity” Or “tremendousness”? And why? New Oxford American Dictionary says "tremendousness." Thanks! Any idea why tremendosity is not a well formed word? There seems to be some discussion in the other thread where you asked the same question... As a rule...
by Xonen
30 Mar 2018 14:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What language could this be?
Replies: 8
Views: 1281

Re: What language could this be?

So when I first hear a new language I often mishear things very drastically. Yep, that's something one has to watch out for. If you want reliable phonetic accuracy for your transcriptions, you should really use recordings and listen to them several times (or, preferably, get a spectrogram). Hearing...
by Xonen
26 Mar 2018 20:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6794
Views: 726154

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

In IPA, what's the difference between ⟨t͡s⟩ and ⟨ts⟩, if there even is a significant difference in pronunciation? It somewhat depends on the language but generally it's the difference between an affricate and a consonant cluster. English doesn't have /t͡s/ and I've seen some English-speaking lingui...
by Xonen
14 Mar 2018 16:56
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1542
Views: 212937

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I came to know this via Facebook, and I immediately checked Wikipedia. This man exceeded well beyond any expectation. He was born on the day Galileo Galilei died 300 years before him, and he died 139 years after Albert Einstein's birth. Aren't those strange coincidences? I'm choosing to believe he ...
by Xonen
12 Mar 2018 19:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6794
Views: 726154

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

Another curiosity is the shift from a > uo in stressed syllables, and o > ua. I'm curious to know how this would come about regularly. Perhaps it was a > o and then o diphthongized? o > ua resembles the o > oa (/o̯a/) sound change that Romanian had in certain environments, e.g. Latin nostram > Roma...
by Xonen
12 Mar 2018 00:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Qop=an
Replies: 1
Views: 698

Re: Qop=an

Well, you're the one going out of your way to make interacting with you as difficult as possible and then acting surprised when people respond in kind. [:S] Sorry, but if actually communicating with people doesn't interest you, then I'm afraid this message board is really not the place for you.