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by clawgrip
26 Dec 2020 01:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 397
Views: 16830

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

When Japanese people go somewhere to pray for something, is generally going to be a Buddhist temple of Shinto shrine, since very few Japanese people are Christian. And since the word kami is not used in Buddhist tradition, we can safely assume it refers to Shinto gods. Keep in mind also that the vas...
by clawgrip
21 Dec 2020 13:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 397
Views: 16830

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

Probably just an idiomatic translation. Translations between Japanese and English frequently need to take a lot of liberties to get natural text in the target language. Plus, kami-sama can be used to refer to the Abrahamic God anyway. The plurality in Japanese is ambiguous.
by clawgrip
19 Dec 2020 04:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Japanese Pitch Accent [split from Q&A]
Replies: 16
Views: 936

Re: Japanese Pitch Accent

Moyoosu is not a word I tend to use or have much familiarity with, but another website lists them the same: moyoòsu vs. tòosu . I can also say definitively that naòsu and nào have different accents, as indicated above, and tòosu matches nào , on the first mora. Also, kind of a tangent here, but mor...
by clawgrip
18 Dec 2020 01:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Japanese Pitch Accent [split from Q&A]
Replies: 16
Views: 936

Re: Japanese Pitch Accent

I'm having difficulty coming up with any four-syllable/four-mora words that cannot be further analyzed. Accent is not general bounded, although it's more likely to be towards right right. A lot of words with far-left accents are loanwords レストラン rèsutoran "restaurant" パンフレット pànfuretto "pamphlet" インス...
by clawgrip
08 Dec 2020 00:08
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 372
Views: 36722

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Also, I suspect that dogs probably don't care nearly as much about splashback.

To be honest, I don't really know a whole lot about inuyarai anyway, because they're not common at all, so you could easily be right.
by clawgrip
07 Dec 2020 13:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 372
Views: 36722

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Very interesting.

I guess London's are ningenyarai, then.
(human palisades)
by clawgrip
18 Nov 2020 06:17
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 372
Views: 36722

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

It should also be noted that because they are especially associated with old, traditional areas, particularly Kyoto, there is now definitely also a decorative or aesthetic aspect to their continued existence.
by clawgrip
18 Nov 2020 03:32
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 372
Views: 36722

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

They're called inuyarai . They perform the following functions: - as you said, prevent damage to buildings from foot traffic/bicycles/etc. - prevent dogs from peeing directly on buildings, to prevent rot - protect the walls of buildings from splashing rain and mud, also to prevent rot - prevent thie...
by clawgrip
18 Nov 2020 02:41
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to design your own script
Replies: 88
Views: 71494

Re: How to design your own script

Sorry for failing to respond for so long. 1. I haven't seen your document, but if it has acknowledgements and links, I think that's good enough. 2. As far as legality goes, one of my images is scanned straight from a book I own (I mention this). The Devanagari and Hieroglyphic images were taken from...
by clawgrip
07 Oct 2020 12:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Phonetically motivated sound changes
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Phonetically motivated sound changes

Sorry, uhegao was a typo; I did search for ahegao. It sounds like ahe is probably onomatopoeic for the sound the person makes when making whatever face that is (sorry, I really know very little about this anime subculture stuff).
by clawgrip
07 Oct 2020 07:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Phonetically motivated sound changes
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Phonetically motivated sound changes

Mizuho is actually mizu.ho (and the name Iha is surely i.ha), so the /h/ is morpheme initial, meaning it is not (necessarily) subject to the p > w/Ø sound change (but cf. Fujiwara < fuji.hara). This allows words like Yokohama , Chihiro , kaihatsu , tsunahiki , shifuku , taihen , ehon etc. to exist....
by clawgrip
06 Oct 2020 15:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Phonetically motivated sound changes
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Phonetically motivated sound changes

Japanese does palatalize consonants before /i/, and it also causes lip compression before /ɯ/, since /ɯ/ also has lip compression. This is why /hɯ/ becomes [ɸɯ], and why /wɯ/ can't occur, since /w/ is almost the same thing. It's also these features that allow for the standard dropping of /i/ and /ɯ/...
by clawgrip
31 Aug 2020 14:53
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.
Replies: 110
Views: 26506

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

... Hey Bob, I'm just responding here because I thought maybe you missed my reply, so I'm just checking in. I'd really like it if you could provide us with some concrete examples of some of the little things about logographic scripts that nobody even knows to look for. As someone who has designed m...
by clawgrip
31 Aug 2020 14:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Ancient Turkic Conlang
Replies: 11
Views: 965

Re: Ancient Turkic Conlang

I get that you're busy, but I'm baffled as to why you spend so much time in this thread talking about other things: Atlantean, Ferengi, Elamite, Hattic, Khmer, Southeast Asian conlang, etc. etc. etc....in the entirety of this thread, the only concrete information you've given about the language to w...
by clawgrip
28 Aug 2020 11:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Ancient Turkic Conlang
Replies: 11
Views: 965

Re: Ancient Turkic Conlang

Or the quick gloss of all of the original 1300s Early Modern Italian text you mentioned?
by clawgrip
25 Aug 2020 02:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: WI: Latin ISOTed to Japan
Replies: 14
Views: 1179

Re: WI: Latin ISOTed to Japan

It's interesting to imagine Japan under the influence of a mini Roman Empire rather than China, but unless the Romans conquered Japan, it would be a mix of Roman and Chinese at most. I wonder if the Romans would become tributaries of China.
by clawgrip
24 Aug 2020 00:19
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.
Replies: 110
Views: 26506

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

Bob wrote: 01 Aug 2020 05:08 ...
I'm still hoping to see some concrete answers to the questions I posed above, while keeping in mind the advice given by sangi39 and Salmoneus elsewhere on the board.
by clawgrip
23 Aug 2020 06:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: WI: Latin ISOTed to Japan
Replies: 14
Views: 1179

Re: WI: Latin ISOTed to Japan

Keep in mind that the oldest attested form of the Japanese language comes form the 8th century. Its phonology, particularly the vowels, are not fully determined. The language may or may not have vowel harmony. It would be hard to determine how this would influence Latin. Old Japanese also had a very...
by clawgrip
20 Aug 2020 05:50
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Today I learned ...
Replies: 67
Views: 55332

Re: Today I learned ...

A line on a vowel marked what is written with n not even a nasal vowel in some old orthographies. Maybe this is rather what I suppose. I must check again. Yes, this was the case in various orthographies around the 13th century. You definitely see this in Old Spanish and Old French, e.g. OSp /ˈantes...
by clawgrip
15 Aug 2020 15:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Funny three-initial mismatches
Replies: 37
Views: 2310

Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

There's always GTA, which bothered me at first when it was applied to Grand Theft Auto...because for me, it always meant Greater Toronto Area. "The GTA" still does, anyway.