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by LinguistCat
14 Jan 2021 08:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Funny language notes
Replies: 8
Views: 185

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: 377
Views: 17107

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: 377
Views: 17107

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: 377
Views: 17107

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: 8
Views: 185

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: 8
Views: 185

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: 73
Views: 32593

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: 1813
Views: 410591

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: 516

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...
by LinguistCat
19 Dec 2020 02:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Japanese Pitch Accent [split from Q&A]
Replies: 16
Views: 846

Re: Japanese Pitch Accent

By "the noted above", do you mean うれしい [ɯꜛɺes\iꜜi] ureshìi? The page you linked shows many with -iꜜi-, like いいもの [iꜜimono], so I take it you made a typo and meant to write "no...words with -ii'- aside from" ochiìru and kuiìru. Ah sorry that's my own mistake. I actually meant 良い pronounced /iꜜi/ whi...
by LinguistCat
18 Dec 2020 22:51
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Japanese Pitch Accent [split from Q&A]
Replies: 16
Views: 846

Re: Japanese Pitch Accent

I'm not sure that that answers Sequor's question? Your examples show that there's a difference between a bimoraic syllable with an accent, and a bimoraic syllable without an accent. But they don't show that accent position within a syllable is phonemic. There could simply be a phonetic rule "in a b...
by LinguistCat
18 Dec 2020 18:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Japanese Pitch Accent [split from Q&A]
Replies: 16
Views: 846

Re: Japanese Pitch Accent

I think you might be confusing the phonemic and phonetic levels here? I look at 暗算 [aꜛɴdzaɴ] (no drop after indicated) and 安産 [aꜜɴdzaɴ], but these is not a relevant minimal pair, since these can be phonemically analyzed as /aɴ-dzaɴ/ (accent-less) versus /^aɴ-dzaɴ/ (if you allow me to mark pitch acc...
by LinguistCat
18 Dec 2020 08:29
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Japanese Pitch Accent [split from Q&A]
Replies: 16
Views: 846

Re: Japanese Pitch Accent

Now that I'm thinking about this, the only 5+ mora words I can think of that are natively Japanese and not (directly) compounds are all older, classical words that are rarely used these days. And if they have a "middle" accent, it's either the penultimate or antepenultimate and it's based on the len...
by LinguistCat
12 Dec 2020 20:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Japanese Pitch Accent [split from Q&A]
Replies: 16
Views: 846

Re: Japanese Pitch Accent

Does Japanese's pitch accent have a 'bounded' system? For example, in Ancient Greek, the accent is right bounded, and (I think) it can fall on the ultimate, penultimate or antepenult. So within Standard Japanese pitch accent in native non-compound words, there are accented or unaccented words; With...
by LinguistCat
10 Dec 2020 20:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 17107

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

... IIRC, Japanese also has some /m/ > /b/ in loans from Chinese, while still having /m/. Japanese voiced stops used to be prenasalized, so instead of contrasting /b/ and /p/ per se, they contrasted / m b/ and /p~b/. Also, in various dialects of Japanese, there is variation between /m/ and /b/ in n...
by LinguistCat
10 Nov 2020 05:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 17107

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

Are there any effects that a consonant backing would have on surrounding vowels (or possibly tones)? Would this depend on the actual POAs or just the fact it was backing. I'm working with a pretty full phonology as a starting point and I'm planning to have some things backing but I want that to affe...
by LinguistCat
02 Nov 2020 22:19
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Philosophy
Replies: 11
Views: 894

Re: Philosophy

I think I have more questions about philosophy than answers to what my philosophy is. I sometimes wonder if a strict philosophical framework could ever be applied to something as messy as life. I do think that any philosophy that can't account for different people having different needs, let alone w...
by LinguistCat
16 Oct 2020 07:23
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 74967

Re: Weird Dream Thread

I dreamt that a character from a horror game I used to play was trying to kidnap a young woman, and I and several friends from high school had to stop him from doing so. Some of my friends tried to stop him from kidnapping other people as well, while some of us felt that - while good to try to do th...
by LinguistCat
12 Oct 2020 20:03
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Change My View: Alien Plants Could Be Any Color
Replies: 14
Views: 885

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 LinguistCat
23 Sep 2020 00:34
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How necessary are noun cases?
Replies: 26
Views: 1716

Re: How necessary are noun cases?

English isn't a good example of a language with noun cases, because it only has noun cases when it comes to some pronouns. And even then, very few of them. English does mostly use word order to show the role of a word in a statement. However, languages that use noun cases more frequently -especially...