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by WeepingElf
13 Jan 2021 16:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lashu - The Five Mutations
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Laashu - The Five Mutations

AFAIK, Language is the title of classic linguistics textbook by Leonard Bloomfield, and I guess that is what Porphyrogenitos meant.
by WeepingElf
20 Dec 2020 20:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 100
Views: 7032

Re: Yay or Nay?

ɶʙ ɞʛ wrote: 20 Dec 2020 20:20 Is this attested or realistic?

/tˤ dˤ sˤ nˤ/ > /ʈ ɖ ʂ ɳ/
I am not sure. I know of no natlang precedent, but I do have considered just this idea for a conlang.
by WeepingElf
22 Oct 2020 16:28
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Twin Aster (Linguifex's conworld megathread)
Replies: 83
Views: 37263

Re: Linguifex's conworld megathread

As far as I understand what Wikipedia writes about this, a Canfield ocean requires a low-oxygen atmosphere, which is certainly not what you want.
by WeepingElf
17 Oct 2020 18:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Funny three-initial mismatches
Replies: 37
Views: 2312

Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

RPG role playing game RPG rocket propelled grenade To get these legitimately confused would require a highly specific context, ... i've seen it in a meme post, but I suspect the person was only pretending to be confused becase they spelled out "role playing game" in their post, suggesting they knew...
by WeepingElf
12 Oct 2020 14:47
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Change My View: Alien Plants Could Be Any Color
Replies: 14
Views: 947

Re: Change My View: Alien Plants Could Be Any Color

1) Non-green plants exist in nature here on Earth. Plants with red or purple leaves are not terribly uncommon. Yes, but these also have chlorophyll in their leaves, and it is that which their photosynthesis is based on. It is just that they have additional red or purple pigments which have a larger...
by WeepingElf
11 Oct 2020 15:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Funny three-initial mismatches
Replies: 37
Views: 2312

Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

Here's one that just hit me: FSM Federated States of Micronesia FSM Flying Spaghetti Monster Also FSM Finite State Machine What's a finite state machine? Is it some kind of quantum technology? Nope. It is a theoretical model of a simple information-processing machine; Wikipedia is your friend and w...
by WeepingElf
10 Oct 2020 17:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 782
Views: 180370

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Well, coming from near Hamburg, Kiez specifically refers to the area around Reeperbahn, a neighbour associated with organized crime and prostitution. It is more like a proper name of the place. Like the Viertel in Bremen IIRC. I see. AFAIK, the Berlin usage is indeed older, originating in a Slavic ...
by WeepingElf
10 Oct 2020 14:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 782
Views: 180370

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

False friends exist even between different places speaking the same language, as the following German example shows:

Berlin Kiez 'neighbourhood' vs. Hamburg Kiez 'demimonde, organized crime'
by WeepingElf
12 Sep 2020 15:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What languages influence your conlangs?
Replies: 90
Views: 9036

Re: What languages influence your conlangs?

Old Albic: Proto-Indo-European, Hittite, Georgian and Insular Celtic. Also, Quenya.
by WeepingElf
01 Sep 2020 21:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 18063

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

Creyeditor wrote: 01 Sep 2020 20:10 I'd do it with a superscript gamma, like this /t/ for example /tˠ/.
Yes, that's the usual way to do it.
by WeepingElf
22 Aug 2020 11:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: WI: Late PIE develops postpositions
Replies: 14
Views: 928

Re: WI: Late PIE develops postpositions

PIE did indeed have postpositions . We can see survivors in, e.g., Latin -que (PIE -kwe) and -ve (PIE -we) and the variable -cum (PIE kom), the last of which even survives in Spanish conmigo < L. cum mecum. Hittite has postpositions as well (e.g., -ku < -kwe). Greek preserved PIE -de, and. Germanic...
by WeepingElf
13 Aug 2020 10:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Crona (redux)
Replies: 23
Views: 2065

Re: Crona (redux)

I like the way you constructed a featural alphabet out of existing letters.
by WeepingElf
06 Aug 2020 21:35
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Funny three-initial mismatches
Replies: 37
Views: 2312

Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

My favourite is:

DOS - Disk Operating System; also short for MS-DOS
DoS - Denial of Service
by WeepingElf
30 Jun 2020 15:41
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?
Replies: 19
Views: 1626

Re: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?

Well, it is merely an idea I exploit in my conculture. I don't really believe in it having been real. Your observations on the Atlantis myth are valid and correct.
by WeepingElf
29 Jun 2020 15:57
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?
Replies: 19
Views: 1626

Re: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?

What's the counterargument that it wasn't the Minoan culture? They even had (the idea of) hieroglyphs that may indicate that there was more going on than just trade routes with Egypt. The geography does not fit! It is not "beyond the Pillars of Hercules" (some authors have tried to move the Pillars...
by WeepingElf
28 Jun 2020 17:01
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?
Replies: 19
Views: 1626

Re: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?

The question there then becomes "where to place Atlantis?", and I think WeepingElf has summed up why answering that question is pretty difficult (we know that it didn't exist, and assuming it isn't just pure allegorical fiction, the possible sources of inspiration probably weren't capable of crossi...
by WeepingElf
27 Jun 2020 23:28
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?
Replies: 19
Views: 1626

Re: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?

The idea that Aztlán and Atlantis are the same name for the same place has been peddled by hundreds of "I have found Atlantis!" crackpots; in fact, it is a standard staple in this kind of pseudo-science. Now I hardly know anything about Nahuatl, and therefore have no idea of what Aztlán means or wha...
by WeepingElf
18 Jun 2020 18:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1813
Views: 411491

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

jimydog000 wrote: 18 Jun 2020 14:55
WeepingElf wrote: 18 Jun 2020 13:50 It's best the way it is. Neither circlifying the octagon nor filling the little white spaces would improve it, I think.
lol, your avatar.
My avatar was not the reason to make this suggestion. I do think your flag looks more interesting than mine the way it is.
by WeepingElf
18 Jun 2020 13:50
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1813
Views: 411491

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

It's best the way it is. Neither circlifying the octagon nor filling the little white spaces would improve it, I think.
by WeepingElf
13 Jun 2020 19:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Another Almost-Cartesian Consonant Inventory
Replies: 33
Views: 1758

Re: Another Almost-Cartesian Consonant Inventory

eldin raigmore wrote: 13 Jun 2020 18:04 I don’t think seinsart and gender are the same thing.
They aren't. In fact, Seinsart is not a commonly used German word, rather something to find in the writings of German-language philosophers. The German word for 'gender' is Geschlecht.