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by Cathbad
Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: "Suppletive" comparatives
Replies: 8
Views: 1188

"Suppletive" comparatives

I'm looking for examples of languages which force the use of different adjectives for compared qualities in comparative constructions. There's a list of "suppletive" comparatives here: http://linguistlist.org/issues/17/17-490.html This is quite useful; however, what I'm really looking for are exampl...
by Cathbad
Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Game
Replies: 2673
Views: 201995

Re: Sound Change Game

Azunan sita [ʃɪˈta] → Trurian chäda [çə'da]
by Cathbad
Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Game
Replies: 2673
Views: 201995

Re: Sound Change Game

Ngmwragh xitlurħ [tsʲitɬɚħ] :> High Eolic sittehe [sitːəhə]
by Cathbad
Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The Exercise and Health thread
Replies: 30
Views: 5643

Re: The Exercise and Health thread

I do daily morning exercises for abs and stuff, and lift weights - really really light ones, but it does feel good, and I can take them anywhere. I also go hiking as many times as I possibly can, 1-2 times per week while I'm in Slovenia, and maybe once per fortnight in Scotland (although it's indefi...
by Cathbad
Wed May 16, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The coping thread
Replies: 85
Views: 11790

Re: The coping thread

Books, climbing (difficult) mountains, and green tea. If that doesn't work, texting ~3 people I feel I can talk to, and then dumping my troubles on them. It usually doesn't even get to that point though since I'm usually through with my crisis by the time I'm able to meet them, but just the prospect...
by Cathbad
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Learning curve: (dis)similar languages
Replies: 28
Views: 2076

Re: Learning curve: (dis)similar languages

Funny, I was going to post the exact same thing but didn't have time. Now when I try to speak French, the instant I can't recall a French word, the Japanese one tries to jump in. My brain also only has two slots, it seems. Ditto. When I started learning Japanese, Japanese took over my Foreign slot ...
by Cathbad
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Quick case terminology question
Replies: 10
Views: 789

Re: Quick case terminology question

Although proculessive sounds quite cool, I think I'll stick with abessive for now.

(If anyone's interested, I'm using this for a protolang particle that may become an actual morphological case in a couple of the daughter languages.)
by Cathbad
Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:11 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Quick case terminology question
Replies: 10
Views: 789

Re: Quick case terminology question

Vardelm wrote:Ablative IMO.
AFAIK ablative denotes direction, not location.
by Cathbad
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:40 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Learning curve: (dis)similar languages
Replies: 28
Views: 2076

Re: Learning curve: (dis)similar languages

I also don't know about that #2. I can at least say from experience that total dissimilarity is no bar to major confusion. Learning German for four years went great in high school; then I took Japanese for one year in college and it totally destroyed my German. Suddenly I was pronouncing German wor...
by Cathbad
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:33 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Quick case terminology question
Replies: 10
Views: 789

Quick case terminology question

How should I call a specialized locative case that marks distance from the marked noun? E.g.

house-CASE
"far from the house"

?
by Cathbad
Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:50 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 290461

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, s

Me and a friend doing some Imperial evaluative work in El Jem in Tunisia last week. (With me on the left.)

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by Cathbad
Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:46 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Lexicon Building
Replies: 4308
Views: 313762

Re: Lexicon Building

sano wrote: next: kind-hearted
Aurelian: magaç - kind, friendly, obliging
High Eolic: lúc - kind, kind-hearted

Trurian: theleí - good, kind
lucheí - kind, altruistic (loan from HE)

Next: shark
by Cathbad
Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Lexicon Building
Replies: 4308
Views: 313762

Re: Lexicon Building

next: to reward; to compensate Trurian: erendhono 'to reward (someone)' (= to give someone a reward for completing something, e.g. winning a contest; implies a greater reward/compensation than is strictly necessary or fair) lanthono 'to cover, cover over (something); to pay, compensate (for)' Next:...
by Cathbad
Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:08 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: What are you listening to? -- Non-English Edition
Replies: 1735
Views: 131824

Re: What are you listening to? -- Non-English Edition

It also reminds me just how a beautiful word فؤاد is. I just love Arabic...
by Cathbad
Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:35 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: What are you listening to? -- Non-English Edition
Replies: 1735
Views: 131824

Re: What are you listening to? -- Non-English Edition

Khaled - Wahrane Wahrane

I didn't use to like this song, but I heard it last night at the party we had for the end of the semester at our teacher's flat and... oh my god. Once you understand the lyrics, it becomes like 100x more beautiful!
by Cathbad
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Creativity of the day
Replies: 1704
Views: 136549

Re: Creativity of the day

On the topic of real-life passports, I vaguely remember seeing a page or two of the Slovene passport (actually, here , but I don't know if that's the most recent version), and it's definitely pretty and different. As a random question, though, is there a functional difference between "Slovene" and ...
by Cathbad
Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: What are you playing?
Replies: 309
Views: 36341

Re: What are you playing?

I've been playing some Grand Theft Auto 2, since it's free (on rockstar's site). Not sure what the big deal is about this series. I thought the missions are pretty frustrating, especially the darn Yakuza "steal the swat van" mission. :P There's quite a difference between GTA2 and GTA3! GTA and GTA2...
by Cathbad
Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Creativity of the day
Replies: 1704
Views: 136549

Re: Creativity of the day

(On the other hand, the German one is, indeed, quite boring .) I definitely agree - the Slovene one has a pretty interesting collection of "national artefacts", such as a classical statue of Europa and a set of runes used for identifying the ownership of cheese wheels, using several different color...
by Cathbad
Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 290461

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, s

Chibi wrote:What are you doing in Middle Earth and how can I get there?
Take a bus...? Transdimensional transport options have never been more easily accessible! :P
by Cathbad
Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 290461

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, s

Image

At Sgurr Fhuaran (overlooking Loch Duich), the day before yesterday. Squinting a bit, but yeah. As you can see the weather was quite dry and warm, especially for Scotland!
by Cathbad
Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:45 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The dream thread
Replies: 1807
Views: 123591

Re: The dream thread

First dream I've actually had in quite a while, and it was quite clear, so felt like I needed to share it. Part One: there was a family living in our flat in Slovenia (husband, wife and two children) - don't ask me how they all managed to fit in - seemingly in addition to me and my mother, as tenant...
by Cathbad
Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Lexicon Building
Replies: 4308
Views: 313762

Re: Lexicon Building

next: vast and limitless; the vast sky Aurelian: silwa 'limitless'; silwanardé 'vast sky, limitless heaven' Trurian: merthaí 'broad, wide, limitless'; anelbaí 'limitless; free, without limits or limitations' High Eolic: turca, turc 'broad, wide, limitless' (space); 'loud, easily heard' (person); 'l...
by Cathbad
Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:43 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Polysynthesis for Novices
Replies: 170
Views: 103962

Re: Polysynthesis for Novices

Excellent! I find the noun incorporation type section especially useful :)

Haven't read through all the case studies yet, but I will soon. Having the necessary information gathered together in one place like this makes trying to make a polysynth conlang much less intimidating!
by Cathbad
Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: What are you reading, watching and listening to?
Replies: 469
Views: 52600

Re: What are you reading, watching and listening to?

Just finished Pincher Martin by William Golding, in 2 days... what a book! One of my top 3 favorite writers ever. 8) Now I'm starting on Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King , which a friend recommended as "quite funny". Remains to be seen whether this is just normal "Saul Bellow funny" or "funny f...
by Cathbad
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What writing systems do you know
Replies: 102
Views: 4950

Re: What writing systems do you know

I know Latin and Arabic, and can manage Greek and Cyrillic in most of its varieties (although reading Russian causes me... problems). Pretty poor, but that's that.