Search found 312 matches

by Xonen
24 Aug 2018 21:01
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Metal Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 78474

Re: Metal Thread

Linguifex's band's EP is gooood. How the Gods Punish reminded me almost of Auðn, so I nice atmospheric intro, kicking into something more akin to, what is that, technical/progressive death metal? Really like the lyrics too, and the vocal style, and throwing in the clean vocals every so often was a ...
by Xonen
13 Aug 2018 22:52
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Metal Thread
Replies: 231
Views: 78474

Re: Metal Thread

My band just had our first concert with the new lineup. Whoa, same here. [:|] We're not in the same band, are we? (Not sure if it'd be frowned upon to link it here, so I've refrained from doing so for now.) Well, if it's a non-commercial hobby project you're personally involved with and its content...
by Xonen
09 Aug 2018 12:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 677
Views: 173057

Re: False cognates

If the Glottalic Reconstruction of PIE is right, it bears a striking resemblance to the stop system of Modern Korean. Okay, I guess these threads we have here have more or less demonstrated that pretty much anything counts as a false cognate or unfortunate coincidence or whatever in somebody's opin...
by Xonen
26 Jul 2018 11:47
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 145539

Re: English Orthography Reform

I really object to pronouncing “white” as “wight”, as if every English speaker has the “which witch” merger, or those who don’t are somehow inferior or behind the times. Uh... someone pronouncing "white" and "wight" the same implies neither of those things. Even declaring that to be the standard pr...
by Xonen
25 Jul 2018 13:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 145539

Re: English Orthography Reform

I write in reformed spelling (in the languages i know) since i was 15, in all situations except in school, and some people like it, some dont, but i cant remember having heard that it was a sort of trolling. For what it's worth, I don't think spelling in a reformed orthography, as such, counts as t...
by Xonen
24 Jul 2018 14:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 145539

Re: English Orthography Reform

Zé do Rock wrote:
24 Jul 2018 11:07
[blatant trolling]
I hate it when I step in to provide someone some benefit of the doubt and assumption of good faith and whatnot, and then they immediately proceed to prove me wrong. [:S]

So yeah. Drop it or get off the board.
by Xonen
20 Jul 2018 15:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 145539

Re: English Orthography Reform

Or i explane that we should call the russki cappital Maskva That is a quite frankly terrible idea for so many reasons. [:S] First of all, all languages have their own names for other countries and their major cities; it's just a part of the language, like naming any other important concept. Essenti...
by Xonen
19 Jul 2018 11:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4366
Views: 881588

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

That seems to be a fairly commonly held belief, but it's really only true for young, urban and/or highly educated people I guess, but I'm fairly certain pretty much literally everyone, including the vast majority of old people, know some English even if they can't really form coherent sentences the...
by Xonen
18 Jul 2018 19:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 145539

Re: English Orthography Reform

single, it's /ɛ/ when stressed and /ɪ/ or /ə/ (depending on dialect) when unstressed So, is stress marked? Or am I supposed to be familiar with the word already to know where the stress goes? Well, it's not my reform, so *shrug*... But stress in English is often at least sort of predictable based o...
by Xonen
18 Jul 2018 18:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4366
Views: 881588

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

A similar situation would exist among many minorities in Finland; Finnish itself is similar to Welsh in having a standard variant that differs in many ways from the colloquial varieties, and people from linguistic minorities (with the exception of some monolingually Swedish-speaking areas) tend to ...
by Xonen
17 Jul 2018 15:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 145539

Re: English Orthography Reform

Spelling 'eeven, u, spel, caracter, hav' These are illogical spellings. No, as far as I can tell, they seem to follow quite logically from the principles presented for this reform. I don't really agree with those principles myself, but simply going "nuh-uh" isn't going to convince anyone here at th...
by Xonen
16 Jul 2018 22:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 345
Views: 145539

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
09 Jun 2018 16:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 737
Views: 148728

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 19:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4366
Views: 881588

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 18:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4366
Views: 881588

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
21 May 2018 21:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4366
Views: 881588

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 23:26
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4366
Views: 881588

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 01:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4366
Views: 881588

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
25 Apr 2018 00:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Non-English Orthography Reform
Replies: 102
Views: 93954

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 13:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Non-English Orthography Reform
Replies: 102
Views: 93954

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...