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by Salmoneus
12 Aug 2020 13:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7406
Views: 952773

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

Does anybody know about compounding in Proto-Germanic? Specifically, how did verb-noun compounds work: what form of the verb was used? English can use its zero infinitive form. And German apparently uses a zero-form too - I have examples here for parken > Parkverbot, and fressen > Fressgier. But I d...
by Salmoneus
12 Aug 2020 13:34
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 761
Views: 191689

Re: False cognates

However, we also have to bear in mind that Vasconic had been living alongside Indo-European languages, including undescribed Indo-European languages that may well have been closely related to Italo-Celtic, for hundreds if not thousands of years before the era of Latin-to-Proto-Basque borrowings - a...
by Salmoneus
12 Aug 2020 01:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7406
Views: 952773

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

I don't know, but it's not just genus. A more famous example is opus (pl. opera). But on the other hand tempus (pl. tempora).
by Salmoneus
11 Aug 2020 22:58
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2556
Views: 305724

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Fun fact I just realised: the terrible Elizabethan (Jacobean?) play Mark and Jez are forced to watch in Peep Show is Lust's Dominion , which isn't that well-known; but the raunchier Restoration remake, by Aphra Behn, is Abdelazer ; which also isn't that famous as a play (other than for Behn scholars...
by Salmoneus
11 Aug 2020 22:43
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Ideas for African Chamic conlanging
Replies: 12
Views: 618

Re: Ideas for African Chamic conlanging

Can you think of any reason it would be implausible? Just going by wikipedia, which I'm sure you've read, there's been speculation about settlement of the islands both from ISEA and from China, both of which would have been via Taiwan. And just going by the map, you can see as well as I can that Bat...
by Salmoneus
11 Aug 2020 13:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English pronunciation thread (Dedicated EPT)
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: English pronunciations

Yes, in my SSBE it's /naI.i:v/. Phonologically of course there's a [j] in there too, but that's just from the hiatus-resolving rules (my dialect does NOT like hiatus - we have intrusive /r/ almost anywhere not already occupied by intrusive /j/ or /w/). Actually, I guess the [ I ] is too? So maybe it...
by Salmoneus
10 Aug 2020 22:56
Forum: Games
Topic: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2
Replies: 24
Views: 370

Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs 2

Quickening awaystonedhood?
by Salmoneus
09 Aug 2020 17:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Miscellaneous fun facts about your conlang to share and know
Replies: 39
Views: 1468

Re: Miscellaneous fun facts about your conlang to share and know

By "Northern Old English", presumably he means Northumbrian. This was spoken in the Kingdom of Northumbria - from Edinburgh in the north down to Hull in the south, to Liverpool and Chester in the west (though I'm not sure off hand whether Liverpool and Hull actually existed at this point). So yes, o...
by Salmoneus
09 Aug 2020 17:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7406
Views: 952773

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

not only does Irish have a velar nasal, it even has it (unlike the rest of Europe) in syllable-initial position. Doesn't Welsh have it in initial position, too? Also, if Nenetsia counts as being in Europe, then the Nenets languages are also languages in Europe that have it in initial position. Oh, ...
by Salmoneus
08 Aug 2020 20:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7406
Views: 952773

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

Is it true that no language distinguishes /ɲ/ and /ŋʲ/, or even /nʲ/ and /ŋʲ/? If so, what's the implication for languages that eg. palatalise all consonants before /i/ and have a phonemic /ŋ/? Does it merge with /n/ before /i/? Does it depend on the language? The reason I'm asking is that while [ɲ...
by Salmoneus
08 Aug 2020 18:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 394
Views: 120763

Re: Aptotes?

Cor, not Corona, surely. Although in any case it would be a folk etymology.
by Salmoneus
08 Aug 2020 15:54
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 394
Views: 120763

Re: Aptotes?

Haven't we discussed before the possibility of putting your puns either into a dedicated pun thread, or into the general conversation thread or something? With respect, I'm not sure what continued conversation you think might be generated by this. Everyone is either going to say "oh, that's a pun" o...
by Salmoneus
07 Aug 2020 12:22
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 258
Views: 20178

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Incidentally: John Hume has died.
by Salmoneus
07 Aug 2020 12:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11855
Views: 1430417

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

Indeed; in a pure sense, the gloss is really only telling us what each morpheme does - the grammar (in this case the discussion on syntax) will tell us how the morphemes interact to create the meaning of the sentence. That said, there are tools at hand. One thing I'd say would be to remember that yo...
by Salmoneus
06 Aug 2020 17:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XII - ONGOING (signups remain open)
Replies: 117
Views: 3816

Re: CBB Conlang Relay XII - ONGOING (signups remain open)

cedh wrote:
06 Aug 2020 15:40
Jackk wrote:
06 Aug 2020 13:13
brblues wrote:
06 Aug 2020 11:57
Torch has been passed on to cedh!
Received.
Received. I'm not sure how much time exactly I can devote to the translation in the next few days, but I think it should be OK...
Well, our side of the translation is averaging over a week per person, so I wouldn't worry too much...
by Salmoneus
03 Aug 2020 15:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: AmEng-based conlang
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: AmEng-based conlang

The cases of /aI/ and /eI/ aren't equivalent, though. The English diphthong [eI] is just one dialectical realisation of the phoneme [e] - much as in many dialects /i/ is more likely to be realised as [iI]. It can be treated as a distinct quality because a) it's phonemically equivalent to the [e] fou...
by Salmoneus
02 Aug 2020 21:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7406
Views: 952773

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

Actually, I initially took it as just asking how it 'should' be spelled. My general point was just that there's no one right way to write a language: you have to choose that yourself. And there are many factors that might influence this. Nobody can say what spelling is better without knowing what ef...
by Salmoneus
31 Jul 2020 23:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11855
Views: 1430417

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

I thought I would be able to find a language that doesn't mark past-tense, having past-tense as the default, but marks non-past. But I couldn't find any, or any discussion about it. Does it happen though? I think this is common actually, especially the past-tense as default part. This often happens...
by Salmoneus
31 Jul 2020 22:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XII - ONGOING (signups remain open)
Replies: 117
Views: 3816

Re: CBB Conlang Relay XII - ONGOING (signups remain open)

FWIW, I had no insuperable lexical/conceptual problems translating the text into a 1st-millennium Germanic language, though it felt that that was not the intended cultural context. For an even more technologically undeveloped and/or alien culture, there may be a couple of terms that you might have t...