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by Dormouse559
14 May 2020 18:25
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The Great Vowel Shift & Vocalism in Romance languages
Replies: 32
Views: 829

Re: The Great Vowel Shift & Vocalism in Romance languages

Porphyrogenitos wrote:
12 May 2020 03:42
2.
*i → ɪi̯ → ɛi̯ →əi̯ / øi̯ → oi̯
*u → ʊu̯ → ɔu̯ → əu̯ → ɛu̯ / iu̯
This is interesting. My focus is on a different area, but some dialects of Arpitan have somehow changed /i/ into /ə~ø/, and I've been at a loss to explain it.
by Dormouse559
14 May 2020 07:19
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 388
Views: 119101

Re: Jokes

My latest attempt at a bad pun in French. Qu'est-ce qu'elles ont de si impressionant, les nuits où Maman n'arrive pas à s'endormir ? La mère veille ! Literal translation: What's so impressive about the nights when Mom can't sleep? The mother stays awake! Vous saisissez ? [:D] It's funny because "La ...
by Dormouse559
10 May 2020 03:11
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2539
Views: 302494

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Paris Is Always Paris [>_<] [maybe] A group of Italian tourists visit Paris, and hijinks ensue. I watched the French dub. It leans heavily on this idea of Italian men being unable to resist French women, and the creeper vibes are strong. The film is nice for a look at early-1950s Paris, and there a...
by Dormouse559
06 May 2020 04:02
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7291
Views: 943368

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

"Than" actually started as an adverb, back in Old English. But I suspect it very quickly merged with "tha", which was used in comparisons exactly as "than" is now, and perhaps with "thone", the accusative form of 'the', which came to be used as a relative pronoun. I left this out, but as I understa...
by Dormouse559
05 May 2020 20:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7291
Views: 943368

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

Okay, fun question relating to English grammar: is "than" a conjunction or a preposition or both? Both! Yaaay!! Someone was just talking about this on another forum I belong to. "Than" started as a conjunction, but there was a tendency to drop the verb in the clause after "than" (He is taller than ...
by Dormouse559
01 May 2020 19:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2539
Views: 302494

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Des Pages de Tessa B. Le texte au début : Des Pages by Tessa B. The text at the beginning reads: Un grand cinéaste hollywoodien (Titanic, Avatar…) dont je ne peux pas divulguer le nom devait initialement réaliser ce clip. Mais confinement oblige… En voici ma version. En m'appuyant sur son scénario ...
by Dormouse559
29 Apr 2020 17:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Romance tidbits
Replies: 37
Views: 854

Re: Romance tidbits

*I don't know what's the verb that goes with 'assonance' like 'to rime' goes with 'rime'. That's because there is no verb form of "assonance". You could use "alliterate"; for some people it only refers to repeated consonants, but broader definitions include repeated vowels, too. Also, just wanted t...
by Dormouse559
28 Apr 2020 23:20
Forum: Language Learning & Non-English
Topic: Language practice thread 2
Replies: 116
Views: 225

Re: Language practice thread 2

Gelang es dir schießlich zu entscheiden? Did you manage to decide in the end? Pas encore, j'ai un double sentiment d'aller trop loin et, à la fois, de ne pas aller assez loin. Not yet. I have a dual feeling of going too far and, at the same time, not going far enough. Des discussions récentes de la...
by Dormouse559
28 Apr 2020 19:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7291
Views: 943368

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

There are a lot of instances of reduplication in English where the first element contains /ɪ/ and the second contains some other vowel (often /æ/ or /ɑ/), so-called "ablaut reduplication". Pish posh! Stop with all this flim-flam and jibber-jabber! Vowels are such a wibbly-wobbly mishmash of knick-k...
by Dormouse559
26 Apr 2020 21:06
Forum: Language Learning & Non-English
Topic: Language practice thread 2
Replies: 116
Views: 225

Re: Language practice thread 2

Qu'est-ce que vous avez fait cette fin de semaine, vous autres? Moi, j'ai fait des changements au site, y compris la mise en ordre de ce forum. 🙂 What have you guys been doing this weekend? As for me, I've made changes to the board, including setting up this forum. 🙂 Cette nuit j'ai pas pu dormir p...
by Dormouse559
25 Apr 2020 21:08
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2539
Views: 302494

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

You're a melody from Sonata E by Strauss! :P

Don't know if that's a compliment. Seems a bit moody.
by Dormouse559
22 Apr 2020 03:04
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2539
Views: 302494

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

I've gotten up to about level 5, although apparently it depends a lot on how good your computer is (and mine is... not good). I find I'm generally OK at that level if I follow boring, reliable principles. I'm also OK at spotting the potentially good moves (I'm very bad at spotting the catastrophic ...
by Dormouse559
21 Apr 2020 23:10
Forum: Translations
Topic: Your father was a Swine (Harry Potter dialogue)
Replies: 6
Views: 114

Re: Your father was a Swine (Harry Potter dialogue)

I don't know enough of the Potterverse to know which forms of pronouns to use. I'm using inaccessible pronouns for all. Does that seem right? Mostly. Harry views Sirius Black as a kind of surrogate father or uncle, which seems like accessible territory, but he doesn't talk about Black in this excha...
by Dormouse559
21 Apr 2020 04:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2539
Views: 302494

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

The last couple of days, I've been playing/learning a lot of chess. www.chess.com/play/computer is a really easy, no-hassle, in-web-browser chess thingy […] Thanks for sharing. I won a game on 2 difficulty, which felt nice since I haven't played since high school and have no sense for strategy. The...
by Dormouse559
19 Apr 2020 18:01
Forum: Translations
Topic: Your father was a Swine (Harry Potter dialogue)
Replies: 6
Views: 114

Re: Your father was a Swine (Harry Potter dialogue)

Iyionaku wrote:
19 Apr 2020 12:02
Your blessed father knew that, in fact, he frequently sought it!
This part is slightly different: "… he frequently saw to it!"
by Dormouse559
17 Apr 2020 03:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11733
Views: 1418929

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

Coleus is also the name of a flower .... comes from the same root that means vagina but it is being used in its more academic sense of "sheath". Oh, that reminds me … non-academically, coleus means "testicle" and is the etymon of many Romance words for the same (couille, cojón, coglione, etc.) So d...
by Dormouse559
16 Apr 2020 16:42
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 1241
Views: 204214

Re: Other Creativity

Millionaire shortbread is one of my favourite things ever! [:D] How did you take that and switch it over to cookies? I happened to find a shortbread cookie recipe in a Mary Berry cookbook (the fact it only calls for three ingredients was a plus). I also had some evaporated milk, so I used it in a k...
by Dormouse559
15 Apr 2020 04:07
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 206
Views: 16208

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

elemtilas wrote:
15 Apr 2020 03:15
Not sure how useful it would actually be, though! I didn't see anything specifically by Okrand there, mind.
Yeah, one takes what one can get, at least until one figures out how to jump timelines based on box office figures.
by Dormouse559
15 Apr 2020 02:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 206
Views: 16208

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

elemtilas wrote:
15 Apr 2020 01:06
For Atlantean, I think one would have to write to Okrand or Diznee.

The "reconstruction" or decipherment seems to be about all there is.
Ooh, thank you for the link! [:)]
by Dormouse559
15 Apr 2020 01:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 763
Views: 167920

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

All4Ɇn wrote:
15 Apr 2020 00:46
:esp: Sueco "Swede" and zueco "clog"
Both pronounced exactly the same outside of Spain and I could see people thinking they're related since Sweden is home to träskor
Hmm, zueco pretty clearly comes from Latin soccus, so I wonder why the initial consonant fronted.