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by Pabappa
16 May 2021 04:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 569
Views: 47884

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

actually, thats a good point i hadnt thought of ..... i dislike clusters such as /sp/ in any position, so they tend not to occur in my languages and therefore the syllable onsets typically obey the sonority hierarchy. even so, a lot of these languages also have prenasals, such as in the name of Ntam...
by Pabappa
15 May 2021 19:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 569
Views: 47884

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

lately i have a thing for frontloading syllables .... e..g. treating clusters as onsets instead of dividing them between leading and trailing syllables. this can affect other things ..... e.g. in Poswa, at one point, a syllable could begin with /ps/ but not with /pt/, which led to different developm...
by Pabappa
07 May 2021 15:23
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: PPIE
Replies: 10
Views: 275

Re: PPIE

I think that's just a stereotype .... one that I fell for myself, at one point, and in fact underlies my main conlang, Poswa. "Sounds so simple, but we can't make heads or tails of it .... how can they even learn this language?!" But in the real world, there's no meaningful pattern to be found .... ...
by Pabappa
05 May 2021 14:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 39
Views: 11175

Re: Languages with interesting phonotactics

Finnish has some words like helppo , humppa , olifantti , kurssi , etc with a sonorant followed by a geminate consonant. Does anyone know if there are examples of this type of cluster in native vocabulary? Some of these words are quite old, but are still originally loans. I had thought I knew of mor...
by Pabappa
05 May 2021 02:18
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 487
Views: 38782

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

To be fair, though, is that really all that important? In speech, we cant tell the difference between night and knight either and examples where someone is legitimately confused between the two are quite rare. Likewise, in languages that have perfectly phonetic spelling, I cant imagine that there ar...
by Pabappa
27 Apr 2021 03:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 487
Views: 38782

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

are we sure that the words with /ks/ arent just all reborrowings? i would expect them to both palatalize and then degeminate, just as how as you say italian doesnt have any words with /ktʃ/. Why would you 'expect' that? Give examples of cases where Latin /kk/ becomes /s/. If the /ks/ examples are o...
by Pabappa
26 Apr 2021 23:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Overcorrecting
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: Overcorrecting

Russian, at least, keeps its unstressed vowels distinct in some grammatical inflections, despite merging them everywhere else. see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_phonology#Vowel_mergers and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vowel_reduction_in_Russian ... it's the most ocmplex vowel reduction syst...
by Pabappa
26 Apr 2021 23:25
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 487
Views: 38782

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

are we sure that the words with /ks/ arent just all reborrowings? i would expect them to both palatalize and then degeminate, just as how as you say italian doesnt have any words with /ktʃ/.
by Pabappa
26 Apr 2021 16:52
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Magical Economics
Replies: 17
Views: 818

Re: Magical Economics

My world is entirely without magic, and although I consider it fantasy, I havent found a term that I feel comfortable with to describe it. I only recently heard about low fantasy , which means various things, but none of which correspond to the idea I have. But now that I think of it, no-magic world...
by Pabappa
25 Apr 2021 16:52
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 350
Views: 39196

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Semantic shifts for Pabappa, a language with about 4000 words. I worked for three hours last night and five hours this morning poring over the entire vocabulary and shifting the senses of the words, ending up with about 1200 semantic shifts that I consider meaningful. Keep in mind that Pabappa is sp...
by Pabappa
07 Apr 2021 02:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 802
Views: 218681

Re: False cognates

English egg ≠ Luganda eggi "egg"

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/eggi#Luganda
by Pabappa
01 Apr 2021 23:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Weird coincidences in your conlanging journey
Replies: 21
Views: 2756

Re: Weird coincidences in your conlanging journey

I will undo any coincidences I find if they arise from word-gen output and not from preexisting roots. And sometimes I'll even undo them if they arise from preexisting roots. I like it better this way .... e.g. from random word generation I ended up with two political parties that both had the morph...
by Pabappa
16 Mar 2021 12:57
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 283
Views: 82794

Re: Weird Dream Thread

Mar 16 We were being driven across a bridge perhaps about thirty miles long, enclosed on all four sides, but made of a metallic lattice material such that the surrounding ocean water was visible on all four sides. It looked something like http://pabappa.com/pics/fish/tuxie.jpg and http://pabappa.com...
by Pabappa
05 Mar 2021 19:38
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1818
Views: 434185

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

well if we assume about 80% of the earth's surface is below 230m elevation, then you'd need a meteor composed of at least (80%) * 510.1 million km² * 230m, so about 80 million cubic kilometers, which is about the size of the largest asteroids. Far, far, far larger than a typical meteor, but really t...
by Pabappa
28 Feb 2021 12:10
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 283
Views: 82794

Re: Weird Dream Thread

Feb 19, 2021 I dreamed i was a grown up version of the self-insert superhero character i used to write about as a young boy. I get the impression it was a long dream, but all i remember is the conflict with the female superheros in their dormitory. In fact I don't remember any male characters from t...
by Pabappa
22 Feb 2021 15:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 264
Views: 17168

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaC7-UICzws geese think they are the keystone predators of the world ... attacking an animal a thousand times their better. and this isnt the only time it has happened. it makes me wonder if geese's natural instincts have given way to learned behavior due to human kin...
by Pabappa
22 Feb 2021 13:24
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Word Order Tendencies
Replies: 27
Views: 14076

Re: Word Order Tendencies

Thanks for the information. All of my languages are SOV except some of the Dreamlandic languages .... and those outliers are also flirting with tripartite style alignments, which they evolved as part of the same process that turned them from SOV word order into variable but leaning SVO. I can't real...
by Pabappa
21 Feb 2021 00:32
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Your written ideolect.
Replies: 14
Views: 817

Re: Your written ideolect.

good point .... Ive noticed on Discord that the people who type periods at the end of sentences tend to be the ones in charge. Ive read an article saying that it's a generational thing ,but even within that article there was pushback against such a simple analysis. even the people who use the period...
by Pabappa
19 Feb 2021 13:25
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Ame People - An All-Female Human Ethnic Group
Replies: 16
Views: 721

Re: The Ame People - An All-Female Human Ethnic Group

Very nice work. Is the hinai fruit kept within the culture or do they export it to other areas nearby?
by Pabappa
19 Feb 2021 11:50
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 487
Views: 38782

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

pluralizing an emotion seems a bit odd to me, even if it's meant to signify multiple people as the object. i'm not a native speaker, but Im saying this from a metalinguistic viewpoint, not a Spanish speakers' viewpoint ... I cant really offer a better word but comevergüenzas just doesnt feel right t...