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by zmeiat_joro
Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:30 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: European languages before Indo-European
Replies: 812
Views: 72846

Re: European languages before Indo-European

merijn : I wonder if this could have something to do with your confusion, if you are a native English speaker, about animacy: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2592
by zmeiat_joro
Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:39 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: же
Replies: 13
Views: 1290

Re: же

Thanks, it makes more sense now. I can't really think of a Serbo-Croat equivalent though, except maybe the highly colloquial Turkish loanword "bre." "Ko ti je dao tu knjigu, bre?" "бре" comes from Greek, not Turkish. In modern Greek it's "ρε" and in current c...
by zmeiat_joro
Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Seahorses, I Love 'Em (& other Links of Interest)
Replies: 2235
Views: 218072

Re: Credit for one, but not the other, as is convenient

(N.B. This videos are not available outside of the United States, which is disappointing, but not surprising) They are blocked in countries where Comedy Central has agreements with local broadcasters for the show. Reportedly they are viewable in Canada on the website of the local broadcaster. They ...
by zmeiat_joro
Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: How your idiolect differs from the standard language
Replies: 371
Views: 30841

Cathbad wrote: So if an average Ljubljana-n (?) would say ["mEgla], I would say ["m@gla], as is apparently the norm.

Does that by any chance mean "fog"?
by zmeiat_joro
Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:32 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Seahorses, I Love 'Em (& other Links of Interest)
Replies: 2235
Views: 218072

I can't find the right thread but someone was asking about how people see non-native languages. And people started linking and uploading impressions of languages. This is Bulgarian comedian Kamen Donev doing several: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnJtKkrRu84 EDIT2: better link: http://www.youtube.c...
by zmeiat_joro
Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Seahorses, I Love 'Em (& other Links of Interest)
Replies: 2235
Views: 218072

You know, usually a message such as the preceding one would be spam, in normal circumstances.
by zmeiat_joro
Tue Jun 12, 2007 2:25 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Seahorses, I Love 'Em (& other Links of Interest)
Replies: 2235
Views: 218072

ils wrote:Yes, it's intriguingly weird that in Dante's schema, frauds turn up on a lower level of Hell than genocides.

Concealing a genocide happened would be worse, once it does happen?
by zmeiat_joro
Sun May 27, 2007 6:55 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Seahorses, I Love 'Em (& other Links of Interest)
Replies: 2235
Views: 218072

Well, I can't find any sources for that, but I recall reading about it somewhere. In any case, the actual Skynet system predates the Terminator films by 15 years.
by zmeiat_joro
Sat May 26, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Seahorses, I Love 'Em (& other Links of Interest)
Replies: 2235
Views: 218072

ils wrote:Britain buying robotic weapons drones and putting them under the control of a system called "Skynet."

Actually, the Skynet in the Terminator films is named after the British military satellites in question.
by zmeiat_joro
Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: The Bulgarian Thread
Replies: 58
Views: 63588

When I was in Bulgaria (mostly Blagoevgrad and the Pirins), and trying to learn Bulgarian, I noticed something about the 'L' in certain words. It seemed that, in words like malcho , the tongue was possitioned further back in the mouth, instead of behind the teeth. Is this true, or was I just "...
by zmeiat_joro
Fri May 12, 2006 9:17 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Sibling terminology
Replies: 24
Views: 17245

In Bulgarian, there are two pairs of terms: brother/sister, irrespective of age, and older brother/sister.
by zmeiat_joro
Tue Jul 05, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: "Female" ewemi
Replies: 8
Views: 2421

Re: "Female" ewemi

brandrinn wrote:what do you call an ewemi who leaves the toilet seat up?
a bisexual.


I don't completely get it, but I imagine this is my fault and it would ruin it to explain.
by zmeiat_joro
Fri May 27, 2005 9:42 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: The Bulgarian Thread
Replies: 58
Views: 63588

I means throw. Хвърча (hvyrchy) means somehting like летя (letjy) - fly, but not exactly. Hvyrchilo means kite. Hvyrlej means 'a throw away', as measure of distance. Vryhletjy means to come at someone with great speed (and possibly great fo...
by zmeiat_joro
Thu May 26, 2005 1:36 pm
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: The Bulgarian Thread
Replies: 58
Views: 63588

Do you by any chance know the etymology of the Bulgarian word chvyrljam? (cf. Rumanian azvirli)? It seems not to be of Slavonic origin... Do you mean хвърлям (perfective хвърля)? Related words include хвъ...
by zmeiat_joro
Mon May 23, 2005 9:47 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Weird phrases from real languages
Replies: 323
Views: 115121

М/у другото мене slechtstschrijvende не ми изглежда никак трудно сл ...
by zmeiat_joro
Mon May 23, 2005 9:47 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Weird phrases from real languages
Replies: 323
Views: 115121

Err, the point was: me loves Dutch because all of the aa's, ee's, oo's, uu's, ij's М/у другото мене slechtstschrijvende не ми изглежда ни...
by zmeiat_joro
Sun May 22, 2005 4:57 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Weird phrases from real languages
Replies: 323
Views: 115121

Junes wrote:slechtstschrijvende - 'worst writer', 9 consecutive consonants.


Now many consonant phonemes?
by zmeiat_joro
Mon May 09, 2005 11:03 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: The Bulgarian Thread
Replies: 58
Views: 63588

Io wrote:?kogo? actually means ?whom?, the form for ?whose? is ?chii?.


to be more precise, чии (/tSi"i/) is the plural, чий the masculine singular.

EDIT: alos, where Io used a stressed <y> in his pronounciation guide, it's a schwa, otherwise /j/.
by zmeiat_joro
Sun Apr 17, 2005 4:39 pm
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: The Bulgarian Thread
Replies: 58
Views: 63588

It's Стоянов, and книжка is indeed formed that way. Etymologically, at least. More info tommorow :)
by zmeiat_joro
Sat Apr 16, 2005 10:32 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: The Bulgarian Thread
Replies: 58
Views: 63588

Bulgarian surnames generally end in -ov(a)/ev(a) or -ski/ska, also -in/ina, which is rare; and -ich, which besider being rare will probably make people think you're Serbian. But Soyetski doesn't sound like something that could pass for a Bulgarian surname. I suppose Mikhail could do, but there's mor...
by zmeiat_joro
Sat Mar 12, 2005 10:21 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Aorist question
Replies: 27
Views: 11359

Adder, as far as I know all slavic languages (well, I know nothing about Kashubian, Sorbian and other exotic lingos) except BG use past participle + the verb 'to be' to form a past tense. The -l form is not the past participle. I don't know the term for this but it's different from what the past pa...
by zmeiat_joro
Sat Mar 12, 2005 7:20 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Aorist question
Replies: 27
Views: 11359

Afaik there is another past tense in Serbian that's formed without 'to be', I can't remember if it was our past terminative or non-terminative, but using it reportedly looks very archaic.
by zmeiat_joro
Sun Jan 16, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: The Bulgarian Thread
Replies: 58
Views: 63588

Any archaic forms/idiomatic expressions with retained case endings? Besides Io's, also вкъщи - at home, home(as an adverb). Are there any specific words that Bulgarians consider to be representative for themselves and their state of mind or mood? Well, from your point ...
by zmeiat_joro
Sun Jan 16, 2005 8:57 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: The Bulgarian Thread
Replies: 58
Views: 63588

I descided to do a quick phonology giude, before I got to the things that actually require thinking Phonology front back bil lbd dnt alv pav pal vel и | у stops б,п д,т г,к | frics в,ф з,с* ж,ш -,х |ъ aff...
by zmeiat_joro
Sun Jan 16, 2005 7:06 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: The Bulgarian Thread
Replies: 58
Views: 63588

The Bulgarian Thread

Oric expressed interest in a Bulgarian thread, with the purpose of teaching Bulgarian. As I am not much good for anything else around here, I thought why not :)
Io, you might want to help out. Or not. Anyway, I'll start writing soon. I hope there will be t least some interest :)