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by Pabappa
09 Nov 2021 20:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 832
Views: 118004

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

i would analyze the Lithuanian system as á ~ áa ~ aá. Makes more sense that way and also explains why diphthongs can only take the rising or falling tones, never a simple high tone. Since there's only one marked vowel in each word, it makes no difference if we think of it as a tone or a stress. Kind...
by Pabappa
05 Nov 2021 19:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 572
Views: 82003

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

σκῶρ ~ σκᾰτός whoa .... i had no idea those two words were even related, let alone that they were the same word. the "-mentum" theory makes sense to me though ..... see for example how many words ending in -ma have plurals in -mata, .... and how there's a different alternation between -ma...
by Pabappa
04 Nov 2021 14:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Fun phonemic contrasts?
Replies: 10
Views: 433

Re: Fun phonemic contrasts?

which reminds me of the three-way split between stops in Korean, the three-way length contrasts for both vowels and consonants in some Uralic languages, and Americanist phonetic notation's "half-voiced" series, which may be a relic of an earlier age in which we didn't quite understand the ...
by Pabappa
04 Nov 2021 03:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Fun phonemic contrasts?
Replies: 10
Views: 433

Re: Fun phonemic contrasts?

when i was in my late teens, and had only irregular access to the Internet, i had a language with tonal consonants (i think 3 tones), "hard" vs "soft" which was about literal articulatory force, three sets of bilabials distinguished by lip shape, three velar series (front, middle...
by Pabappa
01 Nov 2021 01:25
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Semantics and Pragmatics of Word-Order
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: Semantics and Pragmatics of Word-Order

if i accept "really" as an interjection, theyre all gramatical, but 5 and 8 are the worst, and the only ones where it would need to be an interjection . i do this deliberately odd placement with other words too e.g. "please", "of course", "even", sometimes to ...
by Pabappa
20 Oct 2021 01:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 833
Views: 215384

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Shemtov wrote: 20 Oct 2021 00:39 :vie: <Pháp> "France" :eng: <Fap>
okay thanks, now i DEFINITELY want to see a Polandball cartoon or something along this line .... i thought Māori calling them wīwī was the only one funny one, but now i know this.
by Pabappa
17 Oct 2021 15:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 832
Views: 118004

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

this isnt too far off from what goes on in some of my languages, although i only have two tone patterns, not three. even so, you could have a lost -V suffix on one case but not the others, at which stage the language would have had different stress patterns depending on whether the V suffix was pres...
by Pabappa
14 Oct 2021 21:30
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Posting an image
Replies: 9
Views: 573

Re: Posting an image

all right, thank you .... yeah, my web host is great, but they're a bit behind the times on this whole SSL thing ... I can get it, but I'd have to pay extra. Trips me up sometimes too because I think browsers are starting to autocomplete "http" into "https" and I dont have that y...
by Pabappa
12 Oct 2021 00:06
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Posting an image
Replies: 9
Views: 573

Re: Posting an image

php is very old software based on HTML, and it isnt possible to simply upgrade it to make it allow object layer embedding or whatever it's called (sorry, I always confuse OLE with something else). it took quite a long time for them to even allow emojis, since traditionally the entire page would be u...
by Pabappa
10 Oct 2021 13:31
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 292
Views: 98151

Re: Weird Dream Thread

I was watching the original Ecco the Dolphin played out but there were some subtle changes .... it was the intro screen, where everything is seemingly happy and the world is a paradise where harmful objects are easily dealt with ..... that much was in common with the real game. There were also human...
by Pabappa
10 Oct 2021 11:47
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 833
Views: 215384

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

since Im the only one in this thread arguing that the words may be related, i assume that sarcasm is aimed at me, but ... please realize that almost none of what you wrote actually pertains to what i say. of course an opinion will look ridiculous if you mash it up with five opposing and mutually con...
by Pabappa
10 Oct 2021 03:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 832
Views: 118004

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

reminds me of Eaiea, a conlang from the 1990s thats still going .... http://www.eaiea.com/ .... however this webpage looks like it has been little touched in many years (still has a juno.com email for example) so there may be a lot you could improve on or do differently.
by Pabappa
10 Oct 2021 02:51
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 833
Views: 215384

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

the low rate of lexical similarity in IE vs the other hyperborean languages could be due to IE's radical restructuring of its grammar and lexicon, such that even words for basic concepts like fire, water, animal names, etc are no longer atomic roots in PIE, but rather are derived from a root, a suff...
by Pabappa
10 Oct 2021 00:19
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 833
Views: 215384

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Why do people so often assume there were loans? It could just as well be, with such a simple concept, that the word is original to both branches of Indo-Uralic and developed according to now-lost rules, likely changing much more on the IE side than on the Uralic side, from the original root. Again, ...
by Pabappa
07 Oct 2021 00:00
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: A One World Language
Replies: 25
Views: 1746

Re: A One World Language

I dstinctly remember hearing a young boy call out [bwaba] to his older brother while he was standing up in a shopping cart. I think its not so common nowadays, but all that matters is whether it used to be. the baby talk theory makes perfect sense to me, and parallels the use of Sissy as a girl's na...
by Pabappa
06 Oct 2021 18:43
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A note on urban population thresholds
Replies: 17
Views: 2352

Re: A note on urban population thresholds

No castles then. Or at least not enough to account for a significant share of the population. Okay, thanks. My impression had been at least since grade school that many, if not most, of the common people in medieval times lived within the walls of a castle, where they were protected from outside ene...
by Pabappa
06 Oct 2021 15:54
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A note on urban population thresholds
Replies: 17
Views: 2352

Re: A note on urban population thresholds

- by the mid-16th century, 10% of Scots lived in towns, with an average size of around 2,000 inhabitants (though many much smaller). just to clarify, when you say 10% lived in towns, does that include those living in Edinburgh and other cities as "towns"? In either case, in what type of c...
by Pabappa
06 Oct 2021 09:39
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 292
Views: 98151

Re: Weird Dream Thread

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person forms for the verb tò were: ton tòo tò I remember a snippet of an -r but Im calling this corrupt because Im pretty sure I was by this time thinking of the word tornado . The part I like is that these are believable cognates of the existing pronominal prefixes in the Tapi...
by Pabappa
04 Oct 2021 17:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 833
Views: 215384

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

/nimi/ could be cognate to the PIE word in the assumption that /mm/ > /m/ during some stage of the long development of the PIE branch, perhaps passing through a stage in which the disappearing /-m-/ made the stem vowel rounded, which then later become reinterpreted as a laryngeal. (By that I mean, i...
by Pabappa
03 Oct 2021 14:53
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Dream Thread
Replies: 292
Views: 98151

Re: Weird Dream Thread

There was a position in American football called nuen , theoretically pronounced as IPA /'nju:ən/ ("even in America"), but with the colloquial pronunciation /'ju:ən/ being much more common. It was a bad thing, a term for either a coach or a quarterback who didnt do their job, and all I rem...