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Post by yangfiretiger121 » 05 Dec 2019 18:20

Is a language more likely to have a parent root meaning something like "related to the heavens" and a derivative root, specifically, for stars or unrelated roots for the heavens and stars?
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Post by loglorn » 05 Dec 2019 18:28

yangfiretiger121 wrote:
05 Dec 2019 18:20
Is a language more likely to have a parent root meaning something like "related to the heavens" and a derivative root, specifically, for stars or unrelated roots for the heavens and stars?
Sounds cultural/cosmological but also I'd say separate heaven and star roots are more likely
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Post by Dormouse559 » 05 Dec 2019 18:38

yangfiretiger121 wrote:
05 Dec 2019 18:20
Is a language more likely to have a parent root meaning something like "related to the heavens" and a derivative root, specifically, for stars or unrelated roots for the heavens and stars?
I have no idea, but this feels like the kind of thing you can safely decide for yourself. No one will bat an eyelash.

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Post by yangfiretiger121 » 05 Dec 2019 20:19

Thanks guys.
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Post by DesEsseintes » 06 Dec 2019 02:51

Dormouse559 wrote:
05 Dec 2019 18:38
I have no idea, but this feels like the kind of thing you can safely decide for yourself. No one will bat an eyelash.
Huh. I’ve never heard that variant of the expression “bat an eyelid”. A quick Google suggests it’s common.

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Post by LinguistCat » 06 Dec 2019 04:56

DesEsseintes wrote:
06 Dec 2019 02:51
Dormouse559 wrote:
05 Dec 2019 18:38
I have no idea, but this feels like the kind of thing you can safely decide for yourself. No one will bat an eyelash.
Huh. I’ve never heard that variant of the expression “bat an eyelid”. A quick Google suggests it’s common.
And I've mostly heard "bat an eye".

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Post by Pabappa » 06 Dec 2019 04:59

I think batting your eyelashes is a bit different .... thats a sign of flirting, ... at work I once heard a woman say to another woman "you know the customer cant see you batting your eyelashes over the phone, right?"
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Post by spanick » 06 Dec 2019 05:02

Yeah, I’ve only ever heard “bat and eyelash” as a reference to flirting. The expression I’m familiar with is “bay an eye.”

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Post by Dormouse559 » 06 Dec 2019 05:20

Apparently, everyone is batting an eyelid at my eyelash. [:P] For me, there's a clear difference between "bat one's eyelashes" and "not bat an eyelash". The former is a pretty straightforward phrase and can be affirmative or negative; the latter is a full-on idiom and only negative (the affirmative doesn't make much anatomical sense). "Not bat an eye(lid)" is perfectly acceptable for me, too.

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Post by yangfiretiger121 » 06 Dec 2019 10:24

The language one root for soldier, which I'm planning to have become the word with a single transfix. While I'm confident that the classifications (enlisted, etc.) are derived from the root, is it plausible or speakers to derive the ranks, such as Yeoman, from the root as well?

Additionally, I'm reconstructing Proto-Common with the help of several Wikipedia articles. Are the changes below plausible?

1. [*h → l]
2. {*pʰ, *tʰ, *kʰ → ħ}
3. [*J → ʝ], but {*pJ, *tJ, *kJ, *ɾJ → pʰ, tʰ, kʰ, r}, which become interchangeable with [p, t, k, ɾ] due to rarity (no complete agreement on [*J], with it as [j] or [ʝ]; [ʝ] being more likely)
4. [*C → t͡ʃ~d͡ʒ] ([*C] was [c~ɟ], [ç], or [j̊], no complete agreement)
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