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by Pabappa
25 Oct 2020 02:19
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 406
Views: 123363

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: 309
Views: 3907

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: 1040

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: 190

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: 1040

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...
by Pabappa
12 Oct 2020 16:07
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Change My View: Alien Plants Could Be Any Color
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: Change My View: Alien Plants Could Be Any Color

1) Non-green plants exist in nature here on Earth. Plants with red or purple leaves are not terribly uncommon. Yes, but these also have chlorophyll in their leaves, and it is that which their photosynthesis is based on. It is just that they have additional red or purple pigments which have a larger...
by Pabappa
10 Oct 2020 23:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Funny three-initial mismatches
Replies: 37
Views: 1040

Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

RPG role playing game RPG rocket propelled grenade To get these legitimately confused would require a highly specific context, ... i've seen it in a meme post, but I suspect the person was only pretending to be confused becase they spelled out "role playing game" in their post, suggesting they knew...
by Pabappa
04 Oct 2020 19:58
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is there a way to display how strongly a consonant is pronounced in IPA?
Replies: 8
Views: 200

Re: Is there a way to display how strongly a consonant is pronounced in IPA?

You can use fortis vs lenis, but I'd hesitate on that because you're saying you don't want a distinction between fortis and lenis in the phonology, .... you're just saying it's allophonic at the end of a word. This would mean that the listeners would have to make greater effort to distinguish speech...
by Pabappa
01 Oct 2020 19:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 309
Views: 3907

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

My advice is just to do it the hard way and get it over with. Better than having a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that your sound changes arent quite right. p.s. i think you broke a sentence in the middle towards teh end of your post but my advice is the same either way.
by Pabappa
30 Sep 2020 13:42
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 269
Views: 68004

Re: Weird Dream Thread

I have a dream diary but Ive been neglecting it lately. Ive had at least one dream per night through all of last week, for example .... but the dreams didn't stand out from each other. The dream I had last night was a bit different, and I wish I remembered more of it, but ... I was in a cafeteria of...
by Pabappa
23 Sep 2020 22:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Diglossia and usage of official language
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: Diglossia and usage of official language

i think at least in the case of Arabic, the difference is that Modern Standard Arabic is not the speech of any one dialect, but a scholarly form based on the archaic speech of the 7th century AD, almost as different from the modern forms as Latin is from the modern Romance languages. Whereas German,...
by Pabappa
21 Sep 2020 22:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Phonetically motivated sound changes
Replies: 14
Views: 377

Re: Phonetically motivated sound changes

Consonant-Vowel-Interaction: Rounding of back vowels is lost except adjacent to labial consonants. Afterwards, either new labials emerge independently adjacent to unrounded vowels or new non-labials emerge independently adjacent to rounded vowels. Sometimes coronal consonants do not take part in th...
by Pabappa
21 Sep 2020 22:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Phonetically motivated sound changes
Replies: 14
Views: 377

Re: Phonetically motivated sound changes

Okay you could unround your /o u/ and then get new ones from other sources. I know you said you didnt want to do that, but I dont really see another path forward since your new central vowels have to come from somewhere and /e i/ > /ɤ ɯ/ would be difficult to explain. Finnish did /nakra/ "laugh" > /...
by Pabappa
21 Sep 2020 20:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Phonetically motivated sound changes
Replies: 14
Views: 377

Re: Phonetically motivated sound changes

Beware of reconstructed Japanese sound shifts ... Im no expert, but Ive seen some supposed sound changes described that are much easier to explain as grammatical analogy or as variant readings of the same glyph. /hi/ > /hu/ looks really unlikely to me, unless it can be shown that it happened in all ...
by Pabappa
21 Sep 2020 16:29
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Funny three-initial mismatches
Replies: 37
Views: 1040

Re: Funny three-initial mismatches

bump, because it's been a month... DHS Department of Homeland Security DHS Department of (Health and) Human Services. The federal department is always and only DHHS, with four letters, but state level divisions of it can be called just DHS. The missing H seems to always be "health", so the DHS acron...
by Pabappa
10 Sep 2020 04:02
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Birthdays!
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: Birthdays!

Khemehekis wrote: 10 Sep 2020 03:41 I also had a birthday yesterday. On September 8, 2020, I turned 14.
umm...
by Pabappa
10 Sep 2020 00:24
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Birthdays!
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: Birthdays!

Today is my 39th birthday.

I dont really celebrate birthdays and didnt even remember mine was today until about noon.
by Pabappa
09 Sep 2020 15:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 309
Views: 3907

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

How important is aesthetics and sound in a conlang? Obviously, a conlang needs sound to be spoken, but some conlangers aim to make a language that sounds nice to them, while others point out that a language that sounds pleasant all the time is impossible and thus aesthetics and preference isn't tha...
by Pabappa
06 Sep 2020 19:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What languages influence your conlangs?
Replies: 90
Views: 7280

Re: What languages influence your conlangs?

Poswa and Pabappa are baby talk. The first sketch of what I now call Pabappa is from a story I wrote when I was 11 years old. It was the first story I wrote in which the child superheros explore a new planet and meet up with children younger than themselves, and those kids turn out to have superpow...
by Pabappa
06 Sep 2020 15:50
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: If you were to write one novel...
Replies: 19
Views: 860

Re: If you were to write one novel...

When I was 11 years old I tried to write a science fiction novel involving child superheros who fly around space winning battles against ever more impossible odds, but I never finished it. Looking back I think I was better suited to the Choose Your Own Adventure format, and perhaps even a simple poi...