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by Pabappa
22 Jul 2021 02:50
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Silicon-based life
Replies: 21
Views: 615

Re: Silicon-based life

planet Mars is home to silicon-based lifeforms in a Choose Your Own Adventure book that I read when I was a kid. There was a large crablike creature that bumped into me and then ate me. CYOA isnt necessarily big on accuracy, though .... they were kind of hit or miss. After all, the fact that this s...
by Pabappa
22 Jul 2021 02:16
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 261
Views: 54350

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

http://www.oocities.org/evilsnack/cliche.htm I found this very old webpage a few nights ago, .... it's so old it lists clichés instead of tropes. I remember coming across it nearly twenty years ago, but I never was able to find it again when I tried to go back to it. Thankfully TVTropes provides a p...
by Pabappa
20 Jul 2021 00:03
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 734
Views: 299809

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

Nearly twenty years ago I found a website listing overused tropes in science fiction writing, ranking them on a scale where the highest ranked tropes could be believable given the right explanation, and the lowest ranked ones were deemed impossible no matter the explanation. There were also pig symb...
by Pabappa
19 Jul 2021 21:38
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Silicon-based life
Replies: 21
Views: 615

Re: Silicon-based life

planet Mars is home to silicon-based lifeforms in a Choose Your Own Adventure book that I read when I was a kid. There was a large crablike creature that bumped into me and then ate me. CYOA isnt necessarily big on accuracy, though .... they were kind of hit or miss. After all, the fact that this sc...
by Pabappa
14 Jul 2021 15:47
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 87574

Re: Weird Dream Thread

I really want to get back to writing in my dream diary, but I just lost interest. Anyway .... Jul 14 A large white duck had broken into my parents' house, and even after I shooed it out the front door, I was only able to keep it out by closing the door in such a way that it was also difficult for pe...
by Pabappa
14 Jul 2021 07:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Foreign Plurals used in English besides Latin and Greek
Replies: 19
Views: 766

Re: Foreign Plurals used in English besides Latin and Greek

osar is the plural of os, a Swedish loanword for a geographical feature common in Scandinavia. But both wiktionary and wikipedia list osar as merely a variant of os, with no restriction to plural.
by Pabappa
11 Jul 2021 13:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 695
Views: 70798

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

teotlxixtli wrote: 10 Jul 2021 16:12 Are there any documented languages with a syllabic ŋ?
the cantonese surname https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ng_(name) also exists. they also have a syllabic /m/, and, though i havent looked, i imagine there's probably a syllabic /n/ too.
by Pabappa
29 Jun 2021 00:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 808
Views: 201840

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

I dont know .... "compare" seems to be a lexicographers' euphemism for "we dont know if these words are related, but it's tempting...." ... I cant pull out other examples now, but I know Ive seen it used that way (and its scholarly abbreviation, cf. ) the words arent that close, ...
by Pabappa
28 Jun 2021 14:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 526
Views: 55631

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

maybe it comes from other sounds .... all i can think of offhand is verbs like corregir , where the -g- is not from inherited -g- but rather a cluster. i was surprised to learn that words like gente were once spelled with y , suggesting either a fuzzy spelling in Old Spanish or a reborrowing (since ...
by Pabappa
23 Jun 2021 20:55
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: The Index Diachronica: CHRIDD'S SEARCHABLE INDEX = WONDERFUL
Replies: 47
Views: 17853

Re: The Index Diachronica: CHRIDD'S SEARCHABLE INDEX = WONDERFUL

i would like the Hebrew sound shift of /ʕ/ > /ŋ/ removed, as it clearly never happened, and even mentioning it with a "perhaps" is likely to mislead people, as I've seen it brought up several times in conlangs. it's under "Most Wanted Sound Changes" and those are my words in the ...
by Pabappa
21 Jun 2021 12:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Tembo: A Race of Sapient Elephants
Replies: 35
Views: 1231

Re: The Tembo: A Race of Sapient Elephants

Im curious if youve thought about developing an interspecies auxiliary language to allow the elephants and humans (and possibly the parrots) to talk with each other, and if so, how close it can come to the standard forms of each species' language. Do the elephants have linguistic and national divisi...
by Pabappa
16 Jun 2021 12:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 47
Views: 13742

Re: Languages with interesting phonotactics

it's Arrernte.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrernte_ ... onotactics

I leave it up to you to decide if the analysis is correct or not .... knowing the details is important.
by Pabappa
13 Jun 2021 23:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: So why can't animals talk anyway?
Replies: 8
Views: 722

Re: So why can't animals talk anyway?

I sincerely believe that dolphins have their own fully formed languages and that the reason we don't notice is because their languages are beyond *our* comprehension, not ours beyond theirs. I dont have much evidence for my theory beyond that they seem to be able to communicate with each other, and ...
by Pabappa
10 Jun 2021 14:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 695
Views: 70798

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

1) Is there any naturalistic way that a language could have a very simple and pretty symmetric inventory with unvoiced stops... and then have /g/ with no /k/? It seems super odd to me, but I'm not sure just how odd it might be. Mongolian does it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongolian_language#Con...
by Pabappa
28 May 2021 16:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 695
Views: 70798

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

I remember hearing Canterbury Tales on audiotape in school, and it was definitely spoken with a slower speech tempo than this one. Im not sure we can really do anything but guess at what the typical speaker's prosody was like in those days, or how much variation would fit within normal variability.
by Pabappa
22 May 2021 02:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 695
Views: 70798

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

I dont know how you'd get from /j/ > /d/, though, unless by /d/ you mean a palatalized stop similar to IPA [ɟ]. i wouldnt recommend depalatalization before /i/ and nowhere else. The point is that you'd be depalatalising everywhere, it's just that it only happens to appear before /i/. I don't think ...
by Pabappa
22 May 2021 00:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 695
Views: 70798

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

arguably it's a retention, though, since proto-Bantu is reconstructed as having [d] before the high vowels /i u/ and [l] elsewhere. this may have something to do with "tension" ... wrong term I know but it's whatever we'd use to describe why Japanese does something similar in merging /d z/...
by Pabappa
18 May 2021 14:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 47
Views: 13742

Re: Languages with interesting phonotactics

okay thank you all for the replies. i did find one more thing .... an evident diminutive process that results in more words with this pattern... https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kunkku .... possibly from kuningas , but potentially a secondary loan from Swedish or another language https://en.wiktionary...
by Pabappa
16 May 2021 04:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 695
Views: 70798

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: 695
Views: 70798

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...