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by Pabappa
16 Jan 2021 00:23
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 372
Views: 37145

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

I have never heard of him, but the name fiziwig does ring a bell, so i did some searching .... no obituary, but it seems he was born in the early 1940s, so he'd be close to eighty now if still alive. I assume the present fiziwig.com is run by a family member, though it seems it hasnt been updated in...
by Pabappa
12 Jan 2021 00:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Funny language notes
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Re: Funny language notes

I don't do anything like this myself. However, last year I did see a FrathWiki user making the note "LLAVA ABORT!" to himself on his own FrathWiki userpage, with the edit summary "I will know what this means!" He later deleted it, and said in his edit summary that he'd taken care of it. yes that wa...
by Pabappa
09 Jan 2021 13:21
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to start making a conlang?
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: How to start making a conlang?

if this all seems a bit overwhelming, you can always just start small. you didnt say where your world is set up ... e.g. is this an alternate Earth or not? even if not, if this is your first-ever language, you could start with something close to home, like a descendant of English or some other langu...
by Pabappa
09 Jan 2021 12:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Clusters of Stops
Replies: 14
Views: 406

Re: Clusters of Stops

Is it true that a cluster of coda stops will have the further-back PoA before the further-front PoA unless there’s a following vowel? And a cluster of onset stops will have the further-front PoA before the further-back PoA unless there’s a preceding vowel? If either of those is not an absolute univ...
by Pabappa
06 Jan 2021 15:55
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Clusters of Stops
Replies: 14
Views: 406

Re: Clusters of Stops

Russian has /kt/ and /kp/ all over the place, just not in single written words ..... there is a preposition /k/~/ko/, where the vowel appears before some onsets and not others. however, simple onset /t/ and /p/ go with the unpadded form, and therefore Russian abounds in onset /kt/ and /kp/. I suspec...
by Pabappa
05 Jan 2021 02:55
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Slavic reflexes of words
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Re: Slavic reflexes of words

it's not clear that PIE had a linking affix like -o- .... Im curious to see this too, but whoever answers will need to make a decision on how theyre going to handle the morphology here. Russian also has an -o-, but Im not sure theyre cognates.
by Pabappa
31 Dec 2020 15:54
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 730
Views: 270441

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

I didnt click, because I mean its 99% chance it's safe but what about the 1% ..... anyway Im guessing theyve been combing large chunks of text just to elevate their site on search engines. I've seen my writing show up on sites like that too, though I cant find an example of it now.
by Pabappa
28 Dec 2020 04:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 18444

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

Babies pronouncing /k g/ as /t d/ is probably just because of how easy the plosives are to imitate from watching adults speak. Labials are usually the first consonants used because it's easy for the baby to see how they're being produced by adults; coronals are slightly harder and velars are the ha...
by Pabappa
27 Dec 2020 14:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 18444

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

Marshallese has /tʲ/ as its reflex of proto-Oceanic /t/, so spontaneous palatalization is in fact possible. However I dont think this can really help explain Hawaiian because Marshallese did the shift as part of a global reshaping of its whole phonology into pairs of palatalized versus velarized con...
by Pabappa
26 Dec 2020 00:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 18444

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

Slavic has this s => š => x change under some conditions. Could there also be t => c => k change under some conditions in a lang? It could create interesting morphological alternations. Does it even appear somewhere? Probably. Possibly in Hawaiian .... but there's no real way to know, since there a...
by Pabappa
22 Dec 2020 15:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 18444

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

One of my languages has a large number of noun classes and has mostly lost the ability to use its noun roots in bare form .... that is, apart from a few very basic concepts, all nouns must have a noun class prefix, and the same root can appear with a wide variety of noun classes. Becuase of radical ...
by Pabappa
18 Dec 2020 07:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 276
Views: 75488

Re: Weird Dream Thread

small children playing basketball on an adult-sized court, indoors, possibly in a high school gymnasium. neither team expects to get many points, and it seems they were not actually playing against each other .... they had at least 2 basketballs and 2 hoops, and the goal was to see who could throw t...
by Pabappa
09 Dec 2020 18:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 18444

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

maybe from /w/. I dont know of any such languages offhand, but I've done a similar shift in my own conlangs, which typically favor labial consonants over all others. I could see a language where the voiced set is indifferent to articulation ..... varies allophonically between stop, fricative, and ap...
by Pabappa
05 Dec 2020 18:12
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Famous CBB Quotes Thread
Replies: 112
Views: 63382

Re: Famous CBB Quotes Thread

Reminds me of a restaurant we used to have near here that was in the same building as a water testing company. I should have seen that, but they shared a sign, so at first i assumed that the restaurant was advertising that they tested their water, as if to imply that we should be suspicious of all o...
by Pabappa
03 Dec 2020 22:24
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Figuring out word stress & intonation
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: Figuring out word stress & intonation

all i know is that questions tend to have a rising tone, even in languages like Mandarin Chinese where tones are phonemic and tied to individual syllables. You may have come across this already, but i find it's interesting and may be something that a lot of conlangers are unaware of: https://en.wiki...
by Pabappa
25 Oct 2020 02:19
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 406
Views: 128499

Re: Jokes

I'm Romanian and my wife is Aromanian.

🤷‍♂️I guess it goes to show ... opposites attract.
by Pabappa
25 Oct 2020 02:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 377
Views: 18444

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

If a language was (C)V(C), and had restrictions on the initial consonant of a closed syllable, and then became (C)V, with now illegal final consonants taking an empethetic vowel, how stable would the restrictions be for morphemes that used to be a closed syllable? Take an example noun , */jæ:tæ/, h...
by Pabappa
21 Oct 2020 22:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Funny three-initial mismatches
Replies: 37
Views: 2320

Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

CSS Cascading Style Sheets CSS Content Scramble System Another one that few people would mix up, except in a highly specific context. Here it was me nearly twenty years ago, reading the words of people upset about some company's new copyright protection mechanism, but at a time when Internet Explor...
by Pabappa
20 Oct 2020 17:46
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Constitutional History
Replies: 13
Views: 729

Re: Constitutional History

Thanks for the lesson. Though oddly what caught my eye is not your main point, but the idea that the central government would tax the states. What ever happened to that? Did that just go away sometime between the Articles of Confederation and the proper Constitution? Something to do with the differe...
by Pabappa
17 Oct 2020 16:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Funny three-initial mismatches
Replies: 37
Views: 2320

Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

We forgot BLM .... BLM Black Lives Matter BLM Bureau of Land Management I remember someone being momentarily confused in 2016 when talking about the protests in Malheur Cty, Oregon. I remember thinking to myself "it finally happened" because I was waiting for someone to make that mistake. And it was...