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by Salmoneus
18 Jun 2021 14:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Osroene: A Possible Euphratic IE Language
Replies: 12
Views: 360

Re: Osroene: A Possible Euphratic IE Language

It's been too long since I was last doing a basal PIE language for me to remember enough about PIE to comment meaningfully. One thing, though: you talk about 'Pre-PIE', but your parent language looks a lot like PIE. Do you have any differences in mind? Indeed, it looks a lot like LPIE - I assume you...
by Salmoneus
18 Jun 2021 14:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 512
Views: 45211

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

I notice this too with names beginning with "Mc". Many people say what to my ears sounds like /mɪk/, as in "MickDonalds" (even the parody name "SickDonalds" reflects that pronunciation). I seem to say /mək/ or as close to it as I can. I'm not saying I'm better, I'm just noticing /ɪ/ in places where...
by Salmoneus
16 Jun 2021 01:24
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Combat scenes and Misunderstood
Replies: 8
Views: 887

Re: Combat scenes and Misunderstood

Anthropologically, I think it's Tarantino that started using this kind of music in fight scenes, and concretely in that one scene from kill kill, and other people imitated it cause it's cool. I don't know how much is novel to Tarantino, but I have some ideas on why Tarantino chose that song for tha...
by Salmoneus
15 Jun 2021 18:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Caste Systems in Conworlds
Replies: 9
Views: 199

Re: Caste Systems in Conworlds

Have any of you on the board incorporated some sort of caste system into your settings? If so, how did you do it? I think it's useful to question the usefulness of the concept of 'caste'. In some senses, virtually all pre-modern societies will be caste-based; in the narrower sense, the concept is a...
by Salmoneus
14 Jun 2021 23:32
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Conlanger stereotype poll
Replies: 115
Views: 36040

Re: Conlanger stereotype poll

I seem to remember Klaivas joking about fitting the stereotype, but I don't know if he was actually from Lithuania.
by Salmoneus
14 Jun 2021 15:18
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 811
Views: 221405

Re: False cognates

Giving the more startling same language pair: Kasten (crate, box, case) vs Kiste (chest, box) [german]
by Salmoneus
14 Jun 2021 03:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: So why can't animals talk anyway?
Replies: 8
Views: 181

Re: So why can't animals talk anyway?

Well, I note you don't have a better answer. "Probably" isn't much help either. I'm merely observing that the one undeniable fact about human language is that its core structure is digital. Just as with numbers (and protein structure), this allows us to create an almost infinite number of referents...
by Salmoneus
14 Jun 2021 01:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Consonant Harmony in Ejectives?
Replies: 5
Views: 142

Re: Consonant Harmony in Ejectives?

It's more common to have the opposite: only one ejective is allowed in the root. However, ejective harmony does exist - eg in Chaha. Apparently in all known cases it's regressive, but it's usually confined to the root. It's more likely to happen when there are at least three series of stops (eg ejec...
by Salmoneus
14 Jun 2021 00:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 622
Views: 56148

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

And indeed you aren't - learners never have a flawless native accent. But the same would be true of any human you ask. And as Titus says, there are synthesizers (a computer speaks your language for you) but at least traditionally they've always been either very expensive, or not very good, or both. ...
by Salmoneus
13 Jun 2021 20:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: So why can't animals talk anyway?
Replies: 8
Views: 181

Re: So why can't animals talk anyway?

As with a lot of articles by "look at me, I 'have studied' 50 languages and once met Frank Zappa! Buy my book about linguistics (no, I don't have a qualification in linguistics)!" people, it's a shallow and wildly misguided article. It misunderstands human language - I cannot in fact 'put a thought ...
by Salmoneus
13 Jun 2021 03:14
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 811
Views: 221405

Re: False cognates

It's actually regular. The Scottish is /ka:lik/, and the Irish is (AIUI) /ga:lik/ just because the aspiration contrast is interpreted as a voicing contrast. I assume the Scottish is regular-ish, although it's kind of weird that Gàidhlig has such a different vowel (/a:/) from Gàidheal (/E:@l/), so I ...
by Salmoneus
12 Jun 2021 23:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 130
Views: 61403

Re: Surprising cognates

k1234567890y wrote: 12 Jun 2021 03:50 English Wales, Gaul, Walloon, Wallachia
Also Cornwall.
by Salmoneus
12 Jun 2021 23:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 811
Views: 221405

Re: False cognates

Latin Gallia "Gaul" v.s. French Gaule "Gaul" Fucking hell. And to add to that: Irish/English: Gall vs Gaul vs Gael . 'gall' is an Irish word for a foreigner; with the capital letter, a 'Gall' is usually specifically a Dane or an Englishman, the two groups of people the Irish believed lived in Franc...
by Salmoneus
12 Jun 2021 18:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1834
Views: 440268

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

Fortunately, divine assistance appears to be commonplace. The Roman Empire lasted 1,480 years; the mainline Caliphate lasted 1,292; the Chinese Empire has lasted 3,577 years and counting, depending on definitions (but including around 1,000 years of fairly unambiguous continuity); the Pharaohs were ...
by Salmoneus
12 Jun 2021 14:17
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1834
Views: 440268

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

I was suspecting that the regime is in some way independent of the timing of succession. Not sure what you mean, there? I think I like the idea of "stated preference of the preceding leader" This is what leaders throughout history have attempted to establish - not only does it greatly increase stab...
by Salmoneus
12 Jun 2021 02:14
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1834
Views: 440268

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

I plan for one of my concultures (Bólks) to have a permanent military regime at some point. Now I was wondering, how is succession of leaders supposed to work under a military regime, apart from Klingon promotion? Well, bear in mind that European cultures had more or less permanent military regimes...
by Salmoneus
11 Jun 2021 13:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 622
Views: 56148

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

I think what I mean is how would one take a bit of the "defining features" of both 'langs in such a way that a bit of the "flavor" of both shines through without it becoming a jumbled mess or just smashing them both together. Obviously one of the defining features would be the slender/broad distinc...
by Salmoneus
10 Jun 2021 23:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 512
Views: 45211

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

Anyone else notice that in American English /ɪ/ is often an allophone of /ə/ and syllabic consonants? Yes, a great many people have noticed this. It's called "the weak vowel merger". It's also sometimes called the "Roses/Rosa's merger" or the like, after its most famous minimal pair; another clear ...
by Salmoneus
10 Jun 2021 13:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 622
Views: 56148

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

I don't know how "quick" either of these questions are, but: 1) Is there any naturalistic way that a language could have a very simple and pretty symmetric inventory with unvoiced stops... and then have /g/ with no /k/? It seems super odd to me, but I'm not sure just how odd it might be. It's very ...
by Salmoneus
09 Jun 2021 01:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XIII
Replies: 103
Views: 10879

Re: CBB Conlang Relay XIII

Given that Click hasn't signed in for over a week either, that may not be an option...