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by LinguistCat
30 Mar 2021 04:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang word easter eggs?
Replies: 107
Views: 15095

Re: Conlang word easter eggs?

All you guys keep name-dropping video games and animes I've never even heard of, and then once one of you have mentioned it, all these other people join in the conversation as if they've heard of it too! Huh. A lot of memes were started by Portal, like "The cake is a lie" and a few others. There's ...
by LinguistCat
29 Mar 2021 23:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang word easter eggs?
Replies: 107
Views: 15095

Re: Conlang word easter eggs?

Khemehekis wrote: 29 Mar 2021 23:25
kiwikami wrote: 29 Mar 2021 23:11 My first thought was

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What's that?
GLADOS, from the popular video game Portal
by LinguistCat
19 Mar 2021 13:51
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Designing Color words for your conlang
Replies: 8
Views: 1648

Re: Designing Color words for your conlang

If I have to come up with color terms for my “space centipedes” I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew. My humans see just like we do and I know which colors I want them to have basic terms for. It’s a rather numerous set; but I haven’t come up with the actual words themselves yet. I mi...
by LinguistCat
12 Mar 2021 20:32
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 283
Views: 81557

Re: Weird Dream Thread

It's interesting that while your dream is obviously Bible based, the rat and the ox are the first two animals in Chinese astrology.
by LinguistCat
25 Feb 2021 03:19
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 1263
Views: 234282

Re: Other Creativity

Many of them look nice, especially for a first try. Although I wish you the best luck in achieving your goal. [:D]
by LinguistCat
20 Feb 2021 05:11
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Ame People - An All-Female Human Ethnic Group
Replies: 16
Views: 491

Re: The Ame People - An All-Female Human Ethnic Group

I don't have much to directly comment on but I do have some to direct at Sal about parthenogenesis that he seems to have misconceptions about. I'm only saying this because I did a lot of research on parthenogenesis specifically and genetics more broadly for a nonterrestrial species I worked on a few...
by LinguistCat
07 Feb 2021 21:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 521
Views: 40384

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

Is a pitch accent dependent upon syllable weight? It's been awhile since I last researched the concept, but I recall it being so in Ancient Greek. Does the same apply to Japanese or Vedic Sanskrit? In Japanese, it's generally seen as dependent on morae, so to some extent, syllable weight affects pi...
by LinguistCat
04 Feb 2021 22:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Evidentiality in non-humans
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: Evidentiality in non-humans

...
Whatever. Cats aren’t fish, and they live in air not water, so you won’t have that problem!
Gratefully, yes. And while still different than humans, cats have much closer sensory inputs than between us and fish.
by LinguistCat
04 Feb 2021 17:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Evidentiality in non-humans
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: Evidentiality in non-humans

[:D] I don't think in my case I'd use something similar but if I did, I might use that for my cats. ... Fish whose ancestors never lived on dry land basically have only two senses in the water; * sight * feeling/smelling/tasting/hearing I'd think it would be at least three: sight, feeling/hearing, s...
by LinguistCat
04 Feb 2021 00:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Evidentiality in non-humans
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: Evidentiality in non-humans

You're right, I hadn't considered most of the things you pointed out Sal. Although I have heard that animals that are more scent oriented can often tell if a scent is older or newer, at least for things they're more familiar with. For example, a dog knowing if another dog marked a tree more recently...
by LinguistCat
03 Feb 2021 20:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Evidentiality in non-humans
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Evidentiality in non-humans

So, humans tend to be seen on the whole as a visual and auditory species. Not that we have The Best vision and hearing, but that these are the primary ways we experience the world, when we don't have some form of disability regarding these. Scent is powerfully connected to memory, but we don't have ...
by LinguistCat
14 Jan 2021 08:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Funny language notes
Replies: 11
Views: 1057

Re: Funny language notes

Not so much funny as sad... On my own FrathWiki page I have under Facenda: Font for Queranaran done! ✔ Make a font for Avantimannish Make a font for Loucarian Sadly, neither of those other fonts has ever gooten made. There's always another day to work on them, assuming those aren't defunct at least.
by LinguistCat
13 Jan 2021 17:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 521
Views: 40384

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

... My knowledge about Japanese is very limited, but I have understood that Japanese /i/ and /u/ are extra-high (and thus often devoiced). Extra-high vowels often make adjacent plosives aspirated/fricatives. Any fricative can be easily lenited further as far as zero. Proto-Bantu also had extra-high...
by LinguistCat
13 Jan 2021 03:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 521
Views: 40384

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

A change like /t/ > /0/ before front vowels or back vowels. wouldn't be expected to just happen. Of course, with intermediaries it's always possible. I'm wondering if I could work with on of: /t/ > /?/ > /0/ /t/ > /θ/ (> /h/)? > /0/ /t/ > /s/ (which would merge it with already existing /s/, but tha...
by LinguistCat
12 Jan 2021 21:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 521
Views: 40384

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

Japanese had a lot of /k/s disappear at one point of its development, especially before /i u/ (tho /k/s were reinserted before /u/s in most dialects, or some verbs and adjectives had forms with a /k/ and forms with it dropped). Question: could there be a similar sound change for /t/ in some language...
by LinguistCat
11 Jan 2021 19:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Funny language notes
Replies: 11
Views: 1057

Re: Funny language notes

These brightened my morning :3 I wish I had more of my old notes on hand but they're buried somewhere.
by LinguistCat
10 Jan 2021 22:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Funny language notes
Replies: 11
Views: 1057

Funny language notes

I found a short note to myself about my goals for Nyango, my Japanese-based cat language. These two amused me: Different greetings, not a question. And ... Long /r/, LONG /r/ DAMMIT. What funny notes to self have you made for your languages. I'd especially like to see ones that are odd or striking o...
by LinguistCat
24 Dec 2020 19:42
Forum: Language Learning & Non-English
Topic: Last word you learned in a foreign language
Replies: 79
Views: 36778

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Mandarin shíjiān 時間, meaning time. I'm not actively learning Mandarin but I've considered picking it up, and I'm learning a bit of Classical Chinese for a project.
by LinguistCat
21 Dec 2020 18:53
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1818
Views: 428350

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

So far I think I have the following things down: Frēdauon will have started out as a waterworld that somehow lost water after some time. There might not be plate tectonics. Volcanoes should be rarer in general, as they happen only where coal deposits are available (but where does coal come from?). ...
by LinguistCat
20 Dec 2020 09:25
Forum: Translations
Topic: I'm rude now
Replies: 2
Views: 850

I'm rude now

From this meme: https://64.media.tumblr.com/f1d2b4ca1f69ed6d6e9e936944d082b7/tumblr_omhtvr9AC71txwpgyo1_1280.png I'm mostly interested in how these would be translated as far as what words would be used in place of the swear (and making my own attempt in Japanese), as well as how the reply of "Langu...