Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs

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Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs

Post by spanick » 05 May 2019 02:50

Ælfwine wrote:
04 May 2019 10:35
Language: Gothish (Crimean Gothic)
Word: шпэлэн schpelen
Ipa: [ˈʃpɛ̝lən]
Does it mean "to play"?

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Post by shimobaatar » 05 May 2019 03:22

spanick wrote:
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No, you got it right. Sorry for being so terse.
Oh, no worries. I just wanted to be sure.

Is it a strong verb?

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Post by Ælfwine » 05 May 2019 03:35

spanick wrote:
05 May 2019 02:50
Ælfwine wrote:
04 May 2019 10:35
Language: Gothish (Crimean Gothic)
Word: шпэлэн schpelen
Ipa: [ˈʃpɛ̝lən]
Does it mean "to play"?
I knew someone would ask that. No, it does not mean "to play."
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Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs

Post by Herra Ratatoskr » 05 May 2019 04:32

Does it mean something like "to talk" or "to tell"?

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Post by shimobaatar » 05 May 2019 04:36

shimobaatar wrote:
05 May 2019 03:22
Is it a strong verb?

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Post by Ælfwine » 05 May 2019 14:46

Herra Ratatoskr wrote:
05 May 2019 04:32
Does it mean something like "to talk" or "to tell"?
[tick] to talk

The word originally meant "to tell a story" in Biblical Gothic (and presumably Crimean Gothic as well.) Compare the semantic development of Latin fabulāre to Spanish hablar.

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Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs

Post by Herra Ratatoskr » 05 May 2019 18:27

Language: West Saxon
Word: bifjesleje
Pronunciation: /ˈbɪv.i.ˌzɫɛj/
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Post by shimobaatar » 05 May 2019 18:33

Is it a noun?

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Post by Herra Ratatoskr » 05 May 2019 18:33

Yes

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Post by shimobaatar » 06 May 2019 19:08

Are there any affixes present?

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Post by Herra Ratatoskr » 06 May 2019 19:12

No

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Post by shimobaatar » 06 May 2019 19:15

Is it a compound of more than one root?

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Post by Herra Ratatoskr » 06 May 2019 19:15

Yes

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Post by shimobaatar » 06 May 2019 23:02

Is it a compound of two nouns?

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Post by Herra Ratatoskr » 06 May 2019 23:20

No

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Post by shimobaatar » 06 May 2019 23:25

Are there more than two roots involved in the compound?

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Post by Herra Ratatoskr » 06 May 2019 23:28

Nope, only two

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Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs

Post by shimobaatar » 07 May 2019 18:42

Is it "bifje-sleje"?

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Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs

Post by Herra Ratatoskr » 07 May 2019 19:24

Yes.

Also, I noticed I goofed up the pronunciation IPA (the "i" in bifje should have been short). The correct pronunciation is /ˈbɪv.i.ˌzɫɛj/, and I've updated the original post with the correct pronunciation.

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Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs

Post by Aszev » 07 May 2019 20:03

Does sleje mean 'hit, blow', or is somehow related to En. slay, Ger. schlagen, etc?
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