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by Sequor
07 Aug 2022 00:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 866
Views: 270054

Re: False cognates

English corner (a borrowing from Anglo-Norman / Old French, derived from Latin cornū 'horn')
Sanskrit कोण koṇa- 'corner' (a borrowing from Dravidian)
by Sequor
02 Aug 2022 14:30
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A paper I wrote on Farsi Ezafe
Replies: 4
Views: 5109

Re: A paper I wrote on Farsi Ezafe

I wonder, does the ezafe Pure Morphological Suffix -e ever co-occur with the indefinite Phrasal Suffix -i? Say, something like ketab-e-(j)i Maryam, 'a book of Maryam's'. If this is ungrammatical, how are 'Maryam's book' (in which book has a definite reference) and 'a book of Maryam's' distinguished...
by Sequor
29 Jul 2022 23:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: have you found a plausible way to explain something unusual?
Replies: 6
Views: 289

Re: have you found a plausible way to explain something unusual?

I don't think I ever do really unusual things, so I've never been asked or felt the need to explain something diachronically. :mrgreen: That said, maybe my standards for something to qualify as "unusual" are quite high? I once had a conlang where I had verbs hold regressive stress (as far ...
by Sequor
26 Jul 2022 00:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 866
Views: 270054

Re: False cognates

English mirror < Old French mireor (literally "watcher") Arabic مرآة mirʔā 'mirror' (formed with the mi- instrument prefix and the root r-ʔ-y, cf. the verb رأى‎ raʔā 'to see') Although French Wiktionary informs me that at least one etymologist (Antoine-Paulin Pihan) thinks the French word ...
by Sequor
22 Jul 2022 09:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 466
Views: 100393

Re: What did you accomplish today?

This is my favourite recurrent thread. I don't do conlanging anymore so I never have anything to post, but it's still inspiring for me to get things done in my natlang studies.
by Sequor
18 Jul 2022 15:47
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 722
Views: 123189

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

Sorry, it was really late when I posted the question so I kinda misworded it and what I meant by context. I meant that there's no context of establishing a second-person plural object, not sentences just floating in a void. A second-person plural object may well have been referred to earlier and wo...
by Sequor
18 Jul 2022 10:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 722
Views: 123189

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

Sorry for the incredibly stupid question(s), but... I'm trying to learn Spanish again, now more than just to understand a little but to be able to use it myself in a grammatically correct way, and... If the accusative of ustedes is just los / las depending on gender (and can be suffixed to the verb...
by Sequor
06 Jul 2022 16:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 977
Views: 180114

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

One thing I used for Proto-Skawlas (which has a similar ablaut system) was inpsired by something that Nortaneous had posted, I think, over on the ZBB about a South American language(?) where individual morphemes could be "stressed" or "unstressed" and this then affected the stre...
by Sequor
05 Jul 2022 19:05
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 1167
Views: 231241

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

I should just start calling you hieroglyph man in space. Good work, as per usual...
by Sequor
04 Jul 2022 18:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: a question about internally headed relative clauses
Replies: 10
Views: 447

Re: a question about internally headed relative clauses

Hold up there! It's perfectly possible to construct apparently internally-headed relative clauses (IHRCs) with relative pronouns in them (modifying or in apposition to the head). Some people claim that Greek has them. And although the IHRC contains no gap, it's possible for the matrix to have a gap...
by Sequor
28 Jun 2022 21:08
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A note on urban population thresholds
Replies: 18
Views: 3786

Re: A note on urban population thresholds

Very interesting text with all those comparisons! Just wanted to share this graph about ancient and late antique Rome I saw someone share elsewhere: https://i.imgur.com/VKqTCVW.jpg Source: Twine, Kevin. 1992. "The City in Decline: Rome in Late Antiquity". Middle States Geographer, vol. 25....
by Sequor
27 Jun 2022 20:46
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: AMA on Indonesian
Replies: 33
Views: 5506

Re: AMA on Indonesian

Thanks for the write-up! Good to have an idea on the variation that has been published on this.
by Sequor
22 Jun 2022 19:46
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: AMA on Indonesian
Replies: 33
Views: 5506

Re: AMA on Indonesian

Creyeditor wrote: 22 Jun 2022 08:29I should probably compose a more detailed post and compare a few varieties.
I would appreciate that. Even just a presentation on your opinion on the capital's more prestigious dialect would be interesting for me.
by Sequor
21 Jun 2022 22:47
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: AMA on Indonesian
Replies: 33
Views: 5506

Re: AMA on Indonesian

Here's a new question for you: what do you think about stress in Indonesian? Is there a noticeable stress? Are there morphophonological rules to predict it (what are they)?

My remote understanding is that this topic is a bit controversial...?
by Sequor
16 Jun 2022 02:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 977
Views: 180114

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

I've seen both "level" and "flat tones" in ling literature.
by Sequor
27 May 2022 03:53
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 866
Views: 270054

Re: False cognates

Sanskrit नाग nāga- 'snake, naga', Proto-Germanic *snakô 'snake; worm' Hebrew נָחָשׁ nakhásh 'snake' Proto-Bantu *nyókà 'snake', Swahili nyoka 'snake', Zulu inyoka 'snake' Middle Chinese 腳 [kɨɐk̚ ] 'foot', Cantonese goek3 [kœːk̚˧] Chechen ког '(animal) foot, paw', Ingush ког '(animal) foot, paw', Kom...
by Sequor
24 May 2022 07:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 866
Views: 270054

Re: False cognates

Arabic شعر ʃiʕr 'poetry, poem'
Hebrew שִׁיר shir 'song, poem'
Chinese shī 'poetry, poem'
by Sequor
08 May 2022 01:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlanging Features you Avoid
Replies: 150
Views: 27357

Re: Conlanging Features you Avoid

[thought experiment: imagine a society in which social status were extremely important linguistically, and in which the word 'monarch' were feminine. We could imagine similar substitution processes to the above leading to monarchs by default being referred to as 'she'...] This reminds me, I was sur...
by Sequor
05 May 2022 03:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random ideas: Morphosyntax
Replies: 768
Views: 158653

Re: Random ideas: Morphosyntax

Ah, I see. I'm looking at the languages in question, and I see even some famous ones are included: Languages with cases and obligatory use of numeral classifiers: - Burmese (8-9 cases) - Garo (8-9 cases; Sino-Tibetan; in India) - Semelai (3 cases; Austroasiatic; in Malaysia) - Nivkh (8-9 cases) - Ko...
by Sequor
04 May 2022 20:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random ideas: Morphosyntax
Replies: 768
Views: 158653

Re: Random ideas: Morphosyntax

I've been thinking of a system where (like several Asian languages I think) every noun is preceded by a classifier noun such as "person", "animal", etc. Hopefully unlike those languages, while the noun root never declines, the classifier can be inflected for number, case, etc. I...