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by Pabappa
10 Aug 2020 20:27
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 8values political quiz
Replies: 42
Views: 1160

Re: 8values political quiz

there is now also https://leftvalues.github.io/ and https://rightvaluestest.github.io/ I took both. My results are below (click for fullsize image) http://pabappa.com/pics/left-and-right-small.png Neither of the projects produces a hotlinkable image so I decided to download both and combine them int...
by Pabappa
10 Aug 2020 00:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 150
Views: 4307

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Icecap Moonshine its been almost a month since my last post here and ....i've accomplished very little. as i said then, this language has a very poor return on investment ratio compared to my other languages such as Poswa and Pabappa, but I really really want to get this right. Im trying out a very...
by Pabappa
08 Aug 2020 16:13
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 394
Views: 120749

Re: Aptotes?

there is a thread for jokes alraeady: https://cbbforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2014 perhaps it's not used much becxause people are afraid of the "crickets" if they post a joke that either nobody else gets or just happens to miss its mark. also maybe you derive some pleasure from the element of surpr...
by Pabappa
07 Aug 2020 14:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11855
Views: 1430238

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

I tried doing that index thing for a while but it was a real pain to type and looks messy on screen. I would use colors if I was doing it again now but for the meantime Im not really doing glosses at all. Sure, it doesnt look professional, but that's a matter of style .... my conlang work goes onto ...
by Pabappa
06 Aug 2020 12:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Funny three-initial mismatches
Replies: 13
Views: 197

Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

AOC is also a brand of TVs and monitors, whose logo is stylized as ΛOC. Even though I have relatively little knowledge of Greek, I always read the logo as "LOC" and briefly misunderstood a customer who wanted line-out convertors. I've always liked the dozen or so uncommon usages of PMS . Around 2000...
by Pabappa
03 Aug 2020 19:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Neugrotien - Para-Slavic lang
Replies: 14
Views: 386

Re: Neugrotien - Para-Slavic lang

i like it. all i have to say is that the first time I heard spoken Polish, it sounded a lot like French to me. I dont really get that impression anymore and I havent heard other people saying it either but there's got to be more to it than them both just having nasal vowels, or i would have said the...
by Pabappa
01 Aug 2020 15:17
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.
Replies: 106
Views: 22775

Re: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.

i keep forgetting youre the one who created the Caber logograms ... i know i asked this before, but i think i lost track of it .... since the original thread got deleted, do you have them all collected anywhere online at the moment? Thanks. The original thread wasn't deleted, it's here . Thanks but...
by Pabappa
01 Aug 2020 12:24
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.
Replies: 106
Views: 22775

Re: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.

I am aware this is an opinion, but I take offense to that. I worked hard (with the generous input of others) to make Caber, i keep forgetting youre the one who created the Caber logograms ... i know i asked this before, but i think i lost track of it .... since the original thread got deleted, do y...
by Pabappa
25 Jul 2020 16:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11855
Views: 1430238

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

surprised you added "doubt it" to the list, as i would call that a counterexample.

some other possible counterexamples show up in the past tense .... "loved it!" ... "got it!" ... "crushed it!" .... but only the doubt verb carries inherent 1st person in the present tense.
by Pabappa
25 Jul 2020 00:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11855
Views: 1430238

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

there's no way to cite a verb in its bare form in Poswa .... nor is there an infinitive. Verb stems require person markers, period. But Ive often thought about using 1st person derived forms to give cute names to animals and even inanimate objects. e.g. the word for bed could be "you come back to me...
by Pabappa
24 Jul 2020 01:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Valley
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: The Valley

it might be a generational thing .... when i was young the Choose Your Own Adventure books were so popular that they had imitations that were also popular. They survived for quite a long time too, maybe thirty years, but lost their hold on the market when the Internet opened up and people realized t...
by Pabappa
18 Jul 2020 15:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 150
Views: 4307

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Icecap Moonshine pàṭēy "wife" (pàt "wife" + ʷ-hēy "woman") tadoh "husband" (tá "husband" + noh "man") This is an extremely high-maintenance language, such that it's taken more work on my part to churn out just these two words than it would for me to add another hundred words to Poswa, even assuming ...
by Pabappa
16 Jul 2020 00:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11855
Views: 1430238

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

What type of morpheme are the vowels in question, if they are a separate one, and how can they be marked when glossed? I love your avatar. What would each of these forms mean if they were used in bare form, assuming they can be? For example if your verbs end in /-a/, what would a hypothetical word ...
by Pabappa
13 Jul 2020 16:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7404
Views: 952627

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

hmmm .... that's interesting. I was the one who wrote the usage notes on that Wiktionary page ... perhaps I need to modify it now. It seems it can be used when it's clear that it's a verb *and* it has a concrete meaning rather than abstract. But "a room with a rabbit in" is still wrong, and "i belie...
by Pabappa
13 Jul 2020 13:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7404
Views: 952627

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

The word in almost never appears in clause-final position in the first place .... that might be a reason why that construction does not occur. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/in#Adverb suggests it occurs in set phrases rather than standing as an all-purpose adverbial use of the preposition. German ha...
by Pabappa
08 Jul 2020 17:10
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 1248
Views: 206814

Re: Other Creativity

http://www.frathwiki.com/Lilahaa This is conworld-related, but it's for a conworld I wrote about during my childhood which has nothing in common with the fantasy world I write about today .... other than that I allow it to "borrow backwards" from my recent writing to get names, maps, and a few other...
by Pabappa
06 Jul 2020 18:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7404
Views: 952627

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

I think "be" did the same thing in Slavic. e.g. "I am loved" (where loved is a participle, not past tense) was their version of "I have loved", and was never considered a passive. Wild guess here .... maybe it comes from a literal interpretation e.g. "i have someone who is loved" ----> " i have love...
by Pabappa
05 Jul 2020 17:50
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 757
Views: 191637

Re: False cognates

:eng: tantrum is not related to tantra , despite Wiktionary tracing both to languages of India. I had always assumed tantrum was a Latin word with tantra as its plural, and attributed the wide semantic gap to the >2000 years which the word has had to evolve since its supposed origin. oh, right ... t...
by Pabappa
03 Jul 2020 19:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 449
Views: 109118

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

I may have posted this here before in a less developed form, but I couldnt find it on a search. Women of the Moonshine tribes are taller than their men, in many cases by quite a lot. They give birth to babies weighing an average of twenty to twenty-five pounds, who are already able to crawl and righ...
by Pabappa
26 Jun 2020 23:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?
Replies: 17
Views: 665

Re: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?

/t/ > /tl/ happened inside Nahuatl, so its apparent that its the Aztecs who discovered Atlantis.