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by Sequor
19 Nov 2021 02:02
Forum: Language Learning & Non-English
Topic: Last word you learned in a foreign language
Replies: 88
Views: 46521

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kaamos the Finnish word for the long polar night they receive every winter. i found it because i was curious if Arctic cultures would have a specific term for that, and although this is believed to be ultimately a loan from Norse, i imagine it is perceived as an atomi...
by Sequor
19 Nov 2021 01:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 843
Views: 246491

Re: False cognates

Saw someone post this elsewhere:

:rus: опасно opásno 'dangerous(ly)'
:nld: oppassen 'to watch out, beware'

Russian and Dutch being closely related confirmed. "Totally explains the flags."
by Sequor
14 Nov 2021 12:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 843
Views: 246491

Re: False cognates

Arabic براق barraaq 'bright (colour)'
English bright

Arabic داكن daakin 'dark (colour)'
English dark

[xD]
by Sequor
07 Nov 2021 15:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 832
Views: 118004

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

Ahzoh wrote: 25 Oct 2021 16:15They are long vowels, but ones as a result of contraction/coalescence.

Governed state is the default, unpossessed state.
If you don't know already and it's useful to you, in Semitic linguistics the default state is called the "absolute state" generally...
by Sequor
03 Oct 2021 05:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Origin of Somali /ʕ/ <c>
Replies: 7
Views: 533

Re: Origin of Somali /ʕ/ <c>

Personally I've long suspected the symbols for the glottal stop and [ʕ] in old romanizations, namely ’ and ‘, or ´ and `, or IPA ʔ and ʕ, ultimately have their origin in the Greek smooth and rough breathing marks, standing respectively for a word-initial vowel and a vowel preceded by [h]... or am I ...
by Sequor
21 Sep 2021 04:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 572
Views: 82003

Re: How do you say “now what?” in Nahuatl?

eldin raigmore wrote: 20 Sep 2021 09:15How does one say “Now what?” in the natlang Nahuatl?
I don't know the answer, but out of curiosity, why are you interested in that specific phrase?
by Sequor
31 Jul 2021 20:36
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A paper I wrote on Farsi Ezafe
Replies: 3
Views: 4273

Re: A paper I wrote on Farsi Ezafe

The paper is not meant for someone who has any knowledge of Farsi I think the intention was directly before an indefinite noun, but the article didn't specify that, perhaps because it is written for specialists and the fact that /bi/ would block the Ezafe from being on /a:stin-i/ is taken for grant...
by Sequor
24 Jul 2021 21:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: [Brainstorm] The Seven Qs versus the Deictic Centre
Replies: 5
Views: 1878

Re: [Brainstorm] The Seven Qs versus the Deictic Centre

On the other hand, there is the traditional triad constituting the deicitic centre : I, here, now! My realization was that the latter map nicely to a subset of the former: Who, where, when? So then I asked myself, and am now asking you, whether there exist corresponding... let's call them default b...
by Sequor
18 Jul 2021 01:05
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 866
Views: 296399

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Aevas wrote: 16 Jul 2021 16:09I did a quick test, and from what I can see you'd get automatic bolding of the top row and an indentation of the entire thing. I'm not sure I see the gain?
Being able to post the same thing in both places I guess. I agree there's not a lot of gain anyway.
by Sequor
13 Jul 2021 17:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Aspectual prefixes in Slavic languages
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Re: Aspectual prefixes in Slavic languages

Looking on Google, I'm told of Russian that the choice is not always predictable, but is also not wholly arbitrary, often being pleonastic to the meaning of the verb. vy- indicates exhaustion or emptying, na- indicates contact with a surface, pro- indicates scanning or going over, and so forth. po-...
by Sequor
13 Jul 2021 08:02
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Foreign Plurals used in English besides Latin and Greek
Replies: 19
Views: 2158

Re: Foreign Plurals used in English besides Latin and Greek

I have sometimes seen graffito as a singular of graffiti. Normally graffiti seems to be some kind of mass noun... just like data. And media. Which you can notice when North Americans say things like "the media says...". It seems to me that millennia is more clearly a plural among the peopl...
by Sequor
29 Jun 2021 06:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 572
Views: 82003

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

Does anyone know how Spanish acquired the pronunciation of /x/ for <g> before front vowels? /g/ before front vowels never (IIRC) palatalised into /ʒ/ in Spanish but instead either deleted it, turned it into /ʝ/ or /θ/ or merged it e.g. /ngF/ > /ɲ/, so there were no native /ʒF/ sequences that stem f...
by Sequor
23 Jun 2021 17:50
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: The Index Diachronica: CHRIDD'S SEARCHABLE INDEX = WONDERFUL
Replies: 47
Views: 19426

Re: The Index Diachronica: CHRIDD'S SEARCHABLE INDEX = WONDERFUL

By year’s end, I want to release an expanded (and corrected—a very nice redditor named /u/SquiDark went through and catalogued errata) version of the Index . Anybody willing to help? My goals are as follows: - Fix typos - Correct errors in the lists - Get rid of the Altaic and Elamite-Dravidian hea...
by Sequor
13 Jun 2021 18:35
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 843
Views: 246491

Re: False cognates

Hindi bher, Malay-Indonesian biri-biri
Norwegian/Swedish/Danish får
by Sequor
11 Jun 2021 16:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 572
Views: 82003

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

Was the Ancient Greek pitch accent lexically contrastive? Yes, it's not only inflectional, e.g. τόμος 'a slice', τομός 'sharp, cutting', ἄρα 'therefore', ἆρα '(particle for yes/no questions)', ἀρά 'prayer', σκευή 'attire, dress', σκεύη 'implements, utensils' (plural of σκεῦος), λιθοτόμος 'for cutti...
by Sequor
15 May 2021 15:34
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Lesson/Guide Requests
Replies: 318
Views: 235559

Re: Lesson/Guide Requests

This thread is for requests. IMO there should be a sticky thread saying "if you have an idea, don't offer it, just post it!"
by Sequor
15 May 2021 15:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 572
Views: 82003

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

Sorry, I meant to quote this in my reply so it wouldn't get lost. For my answer, see above... Don't worry, I already saw it without the quote. I found maki and makr as well, but I am quite surprised there is no cognate to the two verbs I talked about. They always felt very core-Germanic-vocabulary-...
by Sequor
14 May 2021 05:18
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 572
Views: 82003

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

:roll: Waste of time, spelling reform. In stead of tilting at windmills, we should just reform English pronunciation . That would be far easier and solve all the listed problems at once! Yes. Now that , that is the right way. Why change the standard spelling, which everyone is using, to match a non...
by Sequor
07 May 2021 18:03
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 832
Views: 118004

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

And then there was this grammar pdf of an African language I was reading, there was a word for man/person and a word for woman, but if you wanted to express the person was a man, you would say something like "male person"... Then in this hypothetical language I can imagine "male pers...
by Sequor
27 Apr 2021 22:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 572
Views: 82003

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

Well, if there's evidence that the regular change was /kk/ > /s/, then of course that was the case. But the point remains that there's no reason why Pabappa should just assume that this would be the case [in French, obviously it was the case in Iberia] and ignore evidence to the contrary! Having sa...