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by k1234567890y
12 Apr 2021 19:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 126
Views: 58977

Re: Surprising cognates

English orphan and robot

both words are ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₃órbʰos “orphan” or its predecessor *h₃erbʰ “to change or evolve status”
by k1234567890y
10 Apr 2021 17:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 452
Views: 33622

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

I just found that the Lithuanian word for "boa" is smauglys , and I suspect that it is a cognate with Proto-Slavic *smokъ "dragon" and Old Norse smjúga "to creep through". Is there information about the etymology of this word? The only thing I've been able to find so far is that it might come from ...
by k1234567890y
10 Apr 2021 14:06
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 461
Views: 121425

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

I got another random idea: A group of Jews moved to Japan and got a Japanese style name, and their seemingly Japanese names are usually kanji transliterations of the original Jewish name i.e. כוהן (Cohen, a common Jewish surname) becomes 香遠 (pronounced as /ko:.en/). Like the Japanese word for "park...
by k1234567890y
10 Apr 2021 13:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 452
Views: 33622

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

I just found that the Lithuanian word for "boa" is smauglys, and I suspect that it is a cognate with Proto-Slavic *smokъ "dragon" and Old Norse smjúga "to creep through".

Is there information about the etymology of this word?
by k1234567890y
09 Apr 2021 14:18
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 801
Views: 216180

Re: False cognates

Another one: English know and Old Chinese 儒 "scholar, Confucianism" (Old Chinese pronounciation, as given by Baxter–Sagart: /*no/) got a wave of false cognates: Chinese 浪 /lɑŋ⁵¹/ "wave" v.s. Icelandic hrönn /r̥œnː/ "wave" Zhengzhang reconstructs the Old Chinese form as /*raːŋs/, and the non-Mandarin...
by k1234567890y
30 Mar 2021 12:54
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 804
Views: 193602

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Sanskrit आर्य (ārya) /ˈɑːɾ.jɐ/ “noble, noble one” v.s. Proto-Finnic orja /ˈorjɑ/ "slave" At least commonly the Finnish term (also found in other Uralic languages) is considered a loanword from Proto-Indo-Iranian, because speakers of Proto-Uralic enslaved speakers of Proto-Indo-Iranian. So yeah, it'...
by k1234567890y
27 Mar 2021 22:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 804
Views: 193602

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Sanskrit आर्य (ārya) /ˈɑːɾ.jɐ/ “noble, noble one” v.s. Proto-Finnic orja /ˈorjɑ/ "slave"

Also

English friend /fɹɛnd/ v.s. Swedish frände /frɛnˈdɛ/ "relative"
by k1234567890y
27 Mar 2021 15:29
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 801
Views: 216180

Re: False cognates

got a wave of false cognates:

Manchu boljon "wave" /pɔl.t͡ʃɔn/ v.s. Icelandic bylgja /ˈpɪlca/ "wave"

Chinese /lɑŋ⁵¹/ "wave" v.s. Icelandic hrönn /r̥œnː/ "wave"
by k1234567890y
19 Mar 2021 18:51
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 804
Views: 193602

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Old Chinese "yes" (supposed pronounciation in Old Chinese: /*lo/) v.s. Hebrew לא /lo/ "no"

I found the Hebrew word on Wiktionary lol
by k1234567890y
10 Mar 2021 21:43
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 461
Views: 121425

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

Torco wrote: 10 Mar 2021 15:38 oooh, i like that one.
mine? thanks (:
by k1234567890y
09 Mar 2021 04:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 801
Views: 216180

Re: False cognates

English Chad (“alpha-male” in internet slang) v.s. Palauan chad “person”

They actually would be pronounced differently.

also Latin sol “sun” v.s. Palauan sils “sun”
by k1234567890y
08 Mar 2021 08:48
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 461
Views: 121425

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

I got another random idea:

A group of Jews moved to Japan and got a Japanese style name, and their seemingly Japanese names are usually kanji transliterations of the original Jewish name i.e. כוהן (Cohen, a common Jewish surname) becomes 香遠 (pronounced as /ko:.en/).
by k1234567890y
27 Feb 2021 12:00
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 461
Views: 121425

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

I got an idea for a group of entertainment resorts called the Myšov Park , also known as the Mouse park . The Myšov Park is one of the Myšova Zabava Company 's six major business segments and a subsidiary. In 2018, the company's theme parks hosted over 150 million guests, making Myšov Parks the worl...
by k1234567890y
25 Feb 2021 04:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Flowering Fields - Snapshots from Rireinu
Replies: 79
Views: 13540

Re: Flowering Fields - Snapshots from Rireinu

I noticed that your way or presenting your conpeople are different from my way, you seem to present the cultures mainly by using the individuals, and I present mine by “wikipedia-like” descriptions. I wonder if I should write short passages about individuals of my conpeoples too. Why not! Try it an...
by k1234567890y
25 Feb 2021 02:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 804
Views: 193602

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Moroccan Arabic muš “cat” v.s. Polish mysz “mouse”
by k1234567890y
25 Feb 2021 02:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 801
Views: 216180

Re: False cognates

Japanese benjo (便所) “toilet” v.s. Spanish baño “toilet”
by k1234567890y
24 Feb 2021 11:13
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Flowering Fields - Snapshots from Rireinu
Replies: 79
Views: 13540

Re: Flowering Fields - Snapshots from Rireinu

I wonder what would the Rireinu version of this look like: https://www.zompist.com/amercult.html Oh! I remember this. Nowadays I might be able to actually make one. Or at least a somewhat reasonable attempt. In other words, there isn't one yet. But there might be in the future. Not this week though...
by k1234567890y
23 Feb 2021 04:52
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Flowering Fields - Snapshots from Rireinu
Replies: 79
Views: 13540

Re: Flowering Fields - Snapshots from Rireinu

I wonder what would the Rireinu version of this look like: https://www.zompist.com/amercult.html
by k1234567890y
23 Feb 2021 03:53
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Damta: A collaborative world
Replies: 390
Views: 67552

Re: Damta: A collaborative world

Species? This only applies to sapient species, right? Like the humans native to Damta and any aliens they may encounter during the Space Age? Because I imagine a fly or a louse wouldn't have full human rights . . . yeah...certainly though animal(i,e, non-sapient species) rights might be an issue cu...
by k1234567890y
22 Feb 2021 11:31
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Word Order Tendencies
Replies: 27
Views: 13888

Re: Word Order Tendencies

There seems to be some kind of relationship between word order and the prevalence of ergativity. Verb-final SOV languages are quite often ergative. Verb-initial VSO languages are sometimes ergative. Verb-medial SVO languages are rarely (perhaps some would claim never) ergative. For some reason. Acc...