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by eldin raigmore
02 Aug 2020 18:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7384
Views: 950112

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

Following David Peterson’s recommendation would make the English spelling as simple as possible, and as likely as possible to guide the Anglophone reader to as close-to-correct a pronunciation as possible, within the constraints of the Latin alphabet, English phonology, and English orthography.
by eldin raigmore
29 Jul 2020 01:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11847
Views: 1427144

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

What the Dormouse said:
and, the defining feature of gender is that it’s concordial noun-class,
marked by other words agreeing with the noun’s gender.
It by definition doesn’t have to be marked on the noun itself.
by eldin raigmore
28 Jul 2020 07:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11847
Views: 1427144

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

Is it possible for a language to have no overt gender marking on the nominal declension, but to have it on verbal agreement? Also, can an ergative lang be split on noun/verb? That is, the nouns are marked as ERG and ABS, but the verbal agreement is always the S or A argument? Yes; and yes. For the ...
by eldin raigmore
24 Jul 2020 22:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11847
Views: 1427144

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

Who is the default agent in verbs in your natlang(s) or conlang(s), or those ‘langs you know? First person? Second person? Third person? In English, the “correct” (i.e. normative) interpretation of an unmarked verb, is second-person imperative. However in colloquial speech (or at least my idiolect o...
by eldin raigmore
23 Jul 2020 23:31
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Linguifex's conworld megathread
Replies: 60
Views: 32368

Re: Linguifex's conworld megathread

Is it possible that “cent” and “canton” are related in your concountry?
Is a “canton” (in the Swiss sense) like a “hundred” (in the Medieval English sense, a unit of local government)?

Just because Kmtom kinda sounds like both.
by eldin raigmore
20 Jul 2020 16:35
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What have you been reading lately? (linguistic ed.)
Replies: 48
Views: 57557

Re: What have you been reading lately? (linguistic ed.)

http://www.helsinki.fi/esslli/courses/readers/K54.pdf A working rough draft of a preprint of a paper on Mathematical Linguistics. Actually I think the author plans a book. So far it’s shortish for a book but really long for an article. I’ve seen occasional multi-part articles in journals before, tho...
by eldin raigmore
14 Jul 2020 21:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Lexico-Semantic Content & Part of Speech [Split]
Replies: 11
Views: 255

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

I don't think he is. His thesis is that there are no heavy words that are not verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs or adpositions. How many light verbs there are, and whether they are a type of verb or not, doesn't really say anything about the existence of non-light non-verbs... Thank you, Sal. Of co...
by eldin raigmore
13 Jul 2020 08:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7384
Views: 950112

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

If I say “I believe in God”, is “believe” an intransitive verb and “in God” a prepositional phrase that modifies it (thus acting adverbially), or is “believe in” a separable two-word transitive verb and “God” its direct object? Are both points of view valid? Or are at least both points of view defen...
by eldin raigmore
13 Jul 2020 08:14
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Lexico-Semantic Content & Part of Speech [Split]
Replies: 11
Views: 255

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

What Reyzadren said could still be true if other languages can be said to have further categories than those of your list. Yes, if those other categories were content-heavy or semantically loaded; but it would be those other languages that would be the counter examples, not Reyzadren’s Other Langua...
by eldin raigmore
13 Jul 2020 02:18
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Lexico-Semantic Content & Part of Speech [Split]
Replies: 11
Views: 255

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

I mean, if we're analysing it langly instead of lingly, it shall be false more often than not because most languages would have their own categorisation system, innit? For example, that other natlang that I speak has only 4 categories: nouns, verbs, adjectives and task words. No, it would be true f...
by eldin raigmore
12 Jul 2020 21:44
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?
Replies: 17
Views: 551

Re: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?

Curlyjimsam wrote:
12 Jul 2020 19:22
Salmoneus is right that is a place-name suffix: Az-tlan gives us the name of the place (cf. Tenochtitlan and lots of others), and Az-tēcah the name of the people.
Thanks!
by eldin raigmore
12 Jul 2020 03:35
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Which parts-of-speech have the most roots?
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Re: Which parts-of-speech have the most roots?

I did rather expect I was asking about a minority of the world’s languages; though I thought it might be a sizable minority instead of a small one, and definitely thought it would include English. And you bring up an important point I neglected to consider; the definition I/we need to use is whateve...
by eldin raigmore
11 Jul 2020 20:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7384
Views: 950112

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

BTW I started a new thread
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=7270&p=302077#p302077
about my which-part-of-speech-has-the-most-roots questions.
by eldin raigmore
11 Jul 2020 20:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 148
Views: 3212

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I got up just after sunrise and went for a 30-to-45 minute walk before the temperature reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius)! Nothing to do with conlanging; but I’m proud of it, because I’ve been trying to do that ever since the morning highs in my town have been hitting 90 F (32 C). .....
by eldin raigmore
11 Jul 2020 20:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 184
Views: 1761

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

@qwed117 @Creyeditor @Porphyrogenitos Oh! The word is a-syllable-and-a-half long! Not the syllable is half-again as long as a usual syllable! Sorry for misunderstanding! .... About major and minor syllables: What if trimoraic superheavy syllables and/or primarily-stressed syllables were of maximal s...
by eldin raigmore
11 Jul 2020 20:18
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Lexico-Semantic Content & Part of Speech [Split]
Replies: 11
Views: 255

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

Okay, so something that springs to mind is that pronouns and adpositions also have a very low lexical or semantic content in some languages. Yes they do, in my opinion; in English, for example. In my (possibly limited) experience it seems to be (unless I’ve been mistaken) mostly generativists who t...
by eldin raigmore
11 Jul 2020 16:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Lexico-Semantic Content & Part of Speech [Split]
Replies: 11
Views: 255

Lexico-Semantic Content & Part of Speech [Split]

Split from (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here Interjections have phatic content rather than semantic lexical content. Grammatical-function words are extremely light on lexical, semantic content; they have none, or next-to-none. I have seen it written that all words with much (lexical or sem...
by eldin raigmore
11 Jul 2020 16:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 184
Views: 1761

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

.... I had a brief speculation about a sesquisyllabic-type language in which the inventory of not only vowel contrasts but also consonants is smaller in the sesquisyllable, e.g.: .... Main syllables may take the maximal structure CGVC; sesquisyllables may at most have the structure CV. The distinct...
by eldin raigmore
11 Jul 2020 15:10
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Which parts-of-speech have the most roots?
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Which parts-of-speech have the most roots?

I asked three questions on “Quick Questions” and they turned out not to be so quick. I hope the conversation isn’t over yet! So I’m copying the relevant posts over to start a new thread. 1. Does nearly every natlang that has both noun-roots and adjective-roots distinct from each other, have signific...
by eldin raigmore
11 Jul 2020 11:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7384
Views: 950112

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

And BTW I just noticed my questions aren’t quick questions anymore. They should head up a new thread. But it’s 5:57 AM here now and I haven’t had any sleep. I’ll try to do that in several hours. BTW I started a new thread https://cbbforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=7270&p=302077#p302077 about my which-...