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by Salmoneus
23 Jan 2021 01:25
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 399
Views: 17065

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

It is certainly an interesting construction. And you've got me thinking about it, though my conclusion is rather more prosaic than yours! Of course, loads of things can take cashier's place. Yes, of course - I thought that would be clear from context, and from my suggestion of 'page' as an equivale...
by Salmoneus
21 Jan 2021 12:53
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 399
Views: 17065

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

Even in English, the idea of fog "rising" is confusing. When mists begin, they rise, and so if a mist got thicker you could loosely say it was rising. However, fogs fall, or descend. If someone told me the fog was rising, I would probably assume they meant the fog was lifting (i.e. getting less thic...
by Salmoneus
19 Jan 2021 13:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: When gender changed between past and present
Replies: 9
Views: 102

Re: When gender changed between past and present

On the contrary, gender-changing is very common. Well, it's "oh, it's that thing again" common, though it's not "oh not another culture with that thing" common. European cultural imperialism, however, has made it much less frequent. In a lot of cultures with (using the term for the sake of convenien...
by Salmoneus
13 Jan 2021 18:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 18493

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

* habukaz still has a fricative in Old English, Old Frisian, Old Irish, and Proto-Finnic (which we can tell from the Veps reflex) - it was already lost in Old Norse. Yet the fricative has been dropped in Modern English, Modern Frisian, Modern Irish**, and Modern Finnish. Interesting There is a famo...
by Salmoneus
13 Jan 2021 01:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 18493

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

And also in English (eg. "hawk", from Gmc habukaz * - see German "Habicht"). But that's an ordinary change, crosslinguistically: /w/ and /j/ frequently appear and disappear in hiatus adjacent to round and front vowels respectively. A change like /t/ > /0/ before front vowels or back vowels. wouldn't...
by Salmoneus
12 Jan 2021 23:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: A Question About Interrogatives
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: A Question About Interrogatives

Is that true? Positive and negative commands are generally considered to have different modality. Is this not also the case for interogatives? EDIT: even if the two "moods" are analysed as polarity variants within a single mood, it would surely still make sense to refer to them as moods in the conte...
by Salmoneus
12 Jan 2021 13:41
Forum: Games
Topic: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2
Replies: 276
Views: 12745

Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2

Nope.

Nor, to be honest, is it from anything that you're likely to be able to guess at this stage, given what you do and don't know yet...
by Salmoneus
11 Jan 2021 22:26
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 399
Views: 17065

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

Spoiler alert: a Greek population HAS survived! (linguistically, if arguably not genetically). If you mean specifically in Western Europe: probably not, no, but theoretically maybe, but probably not, no. But I can't really answer questions properly, if you don't pause on one before moving to the nex...
by Salmoneus
11 Jan 2021 19:41
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Translating a fictional runeset?
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Translating a fictional runeset?

Note: many of the letters in the second inscription appear to be mirrored from those in the first - see the 'K', for instance. However, some aren't - the 'H with diagonal midbar' has the midbar highest on the right in each case. The usual way to go about a decipherment of a substitution cipher is a ...
by Salmoneus
11 Jan 2021 13:06
Forum: Games
Topic: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2
Replies: 276
Views: 12745

Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2

You're on an excellent and sensible track... which is unfortunately completely wrong. It's not related to angwijana, though I admit it looks like it should be. [without running it through the soundchange machine, my immediate thought is that there would be umlaut, but it wouldn't look like it to cas...
by Salmoneus
11 Jan 2021 03:24
Forum: Games
Topic: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2
Replies: 276
Views: 12745

Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2

All of this is correct. The -ang- element (forgive my laziness with my own orthography!) is indeed descended from a PGmc verb root.
by Salmoneus
11 Jan 2021 03:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 399
Views: 17065

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

Well, I'm glad you've given it some thought! [it's better to be thoughtfully wrong than unthinkingly right...] I'll reply in a bit more detail tomorrow, but the key thing to say immediately is: urbanisation and population movement actually both tend to lead to more language change rather than less (...
by Salmoneus
10 Jan 2021 21:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 399
Views: 17065

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

How about, rather than us giving you a narrow answer, you show us some of your own thinking?

Why might you think that an enduring Empire would affect the linguistic development?
And what makes you think that your answer to that question may not be correct?
by Salmoneus
10 Jan 2021 21:23
Forum: Games
Topic: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2
Replies: 276
Views: 12745

Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2

It is not.
by Salmoneus
07 Jan 2021 14:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: alternative English with German superstrate
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Re: alternative English with German superstrate

You know, there's actually a thread specifically for posting quick questions in. Obviously a key counterquestion here would be when this invasion happened. I think k123 interpreted you (as I initially did) as saying that there was a German invasion instead of ('replacing') the Norman one, which woul...
by Salmoneus
06 Jan 2021 15:49
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Clusters of Stops
Replies: 14
Views: 408

Re: Clusters of Stops

I'm not really sure what you're looking for here. Stop clusters are rare (compared to the total number of languages), but they're so widespread it's hard to really generalise about them. [one weird thing in PIE is the presence of "thorn clusters": an alveolar stop followed by a velar stop. The weird...
by Salmoneus
05 Jan 2021 22:34
Forum: Games
Topic: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2
Replies: 276
Views: 12745

Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2

Correct.