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by Pabappa
03 Aug 2020 19:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Neugrotien - Para-Slavic lang
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: Neugrotien - Para-Slavic lang

i like it. all i have to say is that the first time I heard spoken Polish, it sounded a lot like French to me. I dont really get that impression anymore and I havent heard other people saying it either but there's got to be more to it than them both just having nasal vowels, or i would have said the...
by Pabappa
01 Aug 2020 15:17
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.
Replies: 106
Views: 22256

Re: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.

i keep forgetting youre the one who created the Caber logograms ... i know i asked this before, but i think i lost track of it .... since the original thread got deleted, do you have them all collected anywhere online at the moment? Thanks. The original thread wasn't deleted, it's here . Thanks but...
by Pabappa
01 Aug 2020 12:24
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.
Replies: 106
Views: 22256

Re: On making a conscript that doesn't suck.

I am aware this is an opinion, but I take offense to that. I worked hard (with the generous input of others) to make Caber, i keep forgetting youre the one who created the Caber logograms ... i know i asked this before, but i think i lost track of it .... since the original thread got deleted, do y...
by Pabappa
25 Jul 2020 16:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11848
Views: 1428013

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

surprised you added "doubt it" to the list, as i would call that a counterexample.

some other possible counterexamples show up in the past tense .... "loved it!" ... "got it!" ... "crushed it!" .... but only the doubt verb carries inherent 1st person in the present tense.
by Pabappa
25 Jul 2020 00:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11848
Views: 1428013

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

there's no way to cite a verb in its bare form in Poswa .... nor is there an infinitive. Verb stems require person markers, period. But Ive often thought about using 1st person derived forms to give cute names to animals and even inanimate objects. e.g. the word for bed could be "you come back to me...
by Pabappa
24 Jul 2020 01:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Valley
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: The Valley

it might be a generational thing .... when i was young the Choose Your Own Adventure books were so popular that they had imitations that were also popular. They survived for quite a long time too, maybe thirty years, but lost their hold on the market when the Internet opened up and people realized t...
by Pabappa
18 Jul 2020 15:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 148
Views: 3597

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Icecap Moonshine pàṭēy "wife" (pàt "wife" + ʷ-hēy "woman") tadoh "husband" (tá "husband" + noh "man") This is an extremely high-maintenance language, such that it's taken more work on my part to churn out just these two words than it would for me to add another hundred words to Poswa, even assuming ...
by Pabappa
16 Jul 2020 00:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11848
Views: 1428013

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

What type of morpheme are the vowels in question, if they are a separate one, and how can they be marked when glossed? I love your avatar. What would each of these forms mean if they were used in bare form, assuming they can be? For example if your verbs end in /-a/, what would a hypothetical word ...
by Pabappa
13 Jul 2020 16:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7386
Views: 950919

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

hmmm .... that's interesting. I was the one who wrote the usage notes on that Wiktionary page ... perhaps I need to modify it now. It seems it can be used when it's clear that it's a verb *and* it has a concrete meaning rather than abstract. But "a room with a rabbit in" is still wrong, and "i belie...
by Pabappa
13 Jul 2020 13:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7386
Views: 950919

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

The word in almost never appears in clause-final position in the first place .... that might be a reason why that construction does not occur. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/in#Adverb suggests it occurs in set phrases rather than standing as an all-purpose adverbial use of the preposition. German ha...
by Pabappa
08 Jul 2020 17:10
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 1248
Views: 206180

Re: Other Creativity

http://www.frathwiki.com/Lilahaa This is conworld-related, but it's for a conworld I wrote about during my childhood which has nothing in common with the fantasy world I write about today .... other than that I allow it to "borrow backwards" from my recent writing to get names, maps, and a few other...
by Pabappa
06 Jul 2020 18:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7386
Views: 950919

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

I think "be" did the same thing in Slavic. e.g. "I am loved" (where loved is a participle, not past tense) was their version of "I have loved", and was never considered a passive. Wild guess here .... maybe it comes from a literal interpretation e.g. "i have someone who is loved" ----> " i have love...
by Pabappa
05 Jul 2020 17:50
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 757
Views: 191253

Re: False cognates

:eng: tantrum is not related to tantra , despite Wiktionary tracing both to languages of India. I had always assumed tantrum was a Latin word with tantra as its plural, and attributed the wide semantic gap to the >2000 years which the word has had to evolve since its supposed origin. oh, right ... t...
by Pabappa
03 Jul 2020 19:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 449
Views: 108835

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

I may have posted this here before in a less developed form, but I couldnt find it on a search. Women of the Moonshine tribes are taller than their men, in many cases by quite a lot. They give birth to babies weighing an average of twenty to twenty-five pounds, who are already able to crawl and righ...
by Pabappa
26 Jun 2020 23:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?
Replies: 17
Views: 582

Re: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?

/t/ > /tl/ happened inside Nahuatl, so its apparent that its the Aztecs who discovered Atlantis.
by Pabappa
24 Jun 2020 16:49
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?
Replies: 19
Views: 4848

Re: What would be the best approach for an Antarctic 'lang?

If you ever do return to the project, I'd add to this just a bit .... It's highly questionable whether the Māori ever actually made it to Antarctica. Evidence against is that: 1) All we have is a single story about a sailor named Ui-te-Rangiora, who may or may not have even existed, 2) The sailor on...
by Pabappa
24 Jun 2020 00:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 148
Views: 3597

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Tentative month names for Leaper and Poswa. From this idea . Leaper names are in dark red, Poswa in green. month 1: Hʷalaxʷēn / Rafaempi month 2: Xawaŋŋol / Šabiu month 3: Kăni / Paviki month 4: Laharil / Rapal month 5: Namĭgi / Nabupo month 6: Tăxa / Tašapo month 7: Matotăhʷ / Tutšupo month 8: Kapa...
by Pabappa
23 Jun 2020 18:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What is the newest word in your conlang?
Replies: 8
Views: 380

Re: What is the newest word in your conlang?

I should add that Im just using the term "baptise" in the sense of initiation, as there is probably no water involved whatsoever. But the ritual is there, and a priest is not a priest until they are baptised. The process you're describing sounds like "ordination" (verb: "ordain"), if we're using sa...
by Pabappa
23 Jun 2020 04:20
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Gay marriage, polygamy, etc.
Replies: 105
Views: 12129

Re: Gay marriage, polygamy, etc.

A few things I've thought of since two months ago when I wrote the other post: Child marriage : I didnt consider the Moonshines to practice child marriage because, by their definition, boys and girls who move out of their parents' households become adults by so doing. But both boys and girls are usu...
by Pabappa
22 Jun 2020 16:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What is the newest word in your conlang?
Replies: 8
Views: 380

Re: What is the newest word in your conlang?

Poswa: taeva , to baptise a priest. People on my planet live close to their gods, so religious terms are typically short words even in languages with small phoneme inventories and heavy inflectional burdens. Most Poswa words have four stems, which could be called the principal parts of the word, as ...