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by dhok
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: A sixth pronunciation for the letter "x".
Replies: 33
Views: 3307

Re: A sixth pronunciation for the letter "x".

Kind of painful to read someone talking about pronunciation with apparently no understanding of allophony or phonetic environment. E.g. you can't have <ia> = [ajej] at the end of a word, and I'm pretty sure four of those x's are allophonic. Mandarin x is not terribly obscure-- Xi'an, Xinjiang, Deng...
by dhok
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 182768

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

So...wait, zero-grades derive from e-grades? (Or are they 'a-grades'?)
by dhok
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 182768

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

For one thing, why do syllabified sonorants yield long vowels, not short vowels? Where do they yield long vowels? If *e₁ *e₂ *o₂ *o₁ *i *u = *a *i *ā *u *ī *ū, as the six-vowel theory proposes, then we've got syllabified *w *y giving long *ī *ū in pre-IE. Nort proposes there may have been schwa-epe...
by dhok
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 182768

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

It seems bizarre that the only time /a:/ would show up is in the ablaut system. Nah, not really, given that it's largely only detectable because of ablaut. It's like saying "it seems bizarre that we can only internally distinguish Germanic *e and *i in Gothic on the basis of their ablaut alternants...
by dhok
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 182768

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

is there anything especially appealing about an unmotivated general ejective > implosive shift, other than that it explains the dearth of /b/? Is this shift typologically common? It happened in Yucatec Maya (/pʼ/ > /ɓ/ only), and it happened several times independently in Afroasiatic. There doesn't...
by dhok
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Classical Composers
Replies: 103
Views: 9809

Re: Classical Composers

An interesting article about the revival of the fugue in this week's Economist.

Excellent thread, by the way. (Though I've recently become something of a Holst/RVW man myself...)
by dhok
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 656727

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Кажется, что я начню преподавать в Ченгду в январе! Как я счастливый :D

Looks like I'll start teaching in Chengdu come January! So excited :D
by dhok
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 656727

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Думаю, что нет. Ну, возмооооожно да...а это бы наверно было в Магнитогорске или Магадане или где-то, где я совсем не хочу жить. Я рассмотрел Казахстан, а предлоги работы не были так предстоящими, как я наделся. I don't think so. Well--it might be possible, yes--but this would probably be in Magnito...
by dhok
Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 656727

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Я закончил университет в мае и, с сентября, работаю английский язык в Санкт-Петербурге. Мне нравятся фирма и мои одноработники, а есть проблема: я на мели. После налога и аренды для квартиры, я зарабатываю рублей 20т на месяц–приблизительно $350. I graduated uniiversity in May and, since September,...
by dhok
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 656727

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Я закончил университет в мае и, с сентября, работаю английский язык в Санкт-Петербурге. Мне нравятся фирма и мои одноработники, а есть проблема: я на мели. После налога и аренды для квартиры, я зарабатываю рублей 20т на месяц–приблизительно $350. I graduated uniiversity in May and, since September,...
by dhok
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 182768

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Seems to be a theme issue. Subsilver2 distinguishes the two; prosilver doesn't. I've switched themes, now, but it might be worth looking into... (...particularly since Subsilver2 doesn't really distinguish subscript 2 and 3 when italicized...)
by dhok
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 182768

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Kath beat me to it. I took IE phonology with Lubotsky and Kroonen two summers ago, and the word in question when this came up was Skt. avis --by Brugmann's, we should see āvis , but we don't. A reconstruction of *h₃éwis suffices to explain the Sanskrit reflex as well as the rest of core IE and Hitti...
by dhok
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Brahmic Scripts
Replies: 93
Views: 15255

Re: Brahmic Scripts

Any update on the Tocharian font, even if just one that replaces existing codepoints? A small side project of mine is designing and producing a flag (or perhaps bumper sticker, or hat) with the slogan MAKE TOCHARIA GREAT AGAIN.
by dhok
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 182768

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Just finished reading a rather long article on reduplication . The first half argues that the reduplicant starts off copying segments from the base towards using fixed segments in the reduplicant. The author then looks specifically at PIE and concludes that the present reduplication in Italo-Celtic...
by dhok
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Bizarre Sound Changes
Replies: 190
Views: 44047

Re: Bizarre Sound Changes

Yeah, typo.
by dhok
Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Bizarre Sound Changes
Replies: 190
Views: 44047

Re: Bizarre Sound Changes

Everyone likes to trot out Plains Algonquian for bizarre North American sound changes, but Salishan is just as bad. Sources are Galloway's 'Some proto-central Salish sound correspondences' in In Honor of Mary Haas , and chapter 1 of Kroeber's The Salish Language Family . *p *p' *m to tʃ tʃ' ŋ in mos...
by dhok
Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Other planets' orbits? (A conastrology question)
Replies: 16
Views: 2078

Re: Other planets' orbits? (A conastrology question)

Might be worth getting a copy of Universe Sandbox 2 on Steam and building a model of your system in it. Universe Sandbox has a command (I think it's the 'C' button) that lets you stand on the surface of a planet and view the rest of the system in its sky, watching the sun rise and fall and the plane...
by dhok
Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Help your conlang fluency (2)
Replies: 6633
Views: 71637

Re: Help your conlang fluency

τεέиι σχόλασο αφίσο ίξα βιβλιτίνον ιφί τεγῆ Μενομινισχῆ κρίβα.
[te.'eθi 'skʰolaso a'pʰiso 'iksa bibli'tinon i'pʰi te'geʔ menomini'skʰeʔ 'kriba]
I'm skipping class today, because I'm writing my essay on the Menominee language.
by dhok
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Greek Learning Source Req'
Replies: 3
Views: 778

Re: Greek Learning Source Req'

From experience, I can recommend From Alpha to Omega by Anne H. Groton. I can't remember if it's in the Pile, but it's certainly on libgen. (And a dead-tree copy from Amazon is pretty reasonably priced, too.) My only complaint about it is that the last ten chapters or so pack waaaaay too much in (li...
by dhok
Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Frislander's scratchpad
Replies: 41
Views: 9522

Re: Frislander's scratchpad

Goddard wrote a pretty meaty article on Algonquian demonstratives in the Frank T. Siebert memorial volume, which I've emailed to you. Yeah, I was going to reintroduce /t/ from *θ and merge *r with /n/. *k and *h merge as /ʔ/, while original *s became /h/...I dunno, maybe that many unconditional soun...
by dhok
Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Frislander's scratchpad
Replies: 41
Views: 9522

Re: Frislander's scratchpad

Good to see you're still working on this; it's impressive. Also, rereading it it's come to my attention that you've beaten me to a number of things I wanted to do with my Algolang, like the t > k > ʔ chainshift and *e > a... Re: the conjunct, I'm pretty sure every Algonquian language retains more th...
by dhok
Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: A guide to small consonant inventories
Replies: 129
Views: 33517

Re: A guide to small consonant inventories

Some emendations and additions, mostly Algonquian, might be in order. (<@nort> make an poast in the thread>) Fox has eleven consonants, with /p t tʃ k m n s ʃ h w j/. (Some people analyze Fox as having a preaspirated series as well, but the preaspirates don't occur word-initially, are often over a m...
by dhok
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Linguistic Quackery Thread, take 2
Replies: 812
Views: 101703

Re: Linguistic Quackery Thread, take 2

Frederik Kortlandt, otherwise respected Indo-Europeanist, writes article about...something. The existence of non-constructible sets offers a solution for the problem of the philosopher’s stone. I think that the philosopher’s stone is a 4-dimensional object and that it is crossing the 3-dimensional ...
by dhok
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 182768

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

A little bird scanned and put on Libgen a study by Jörunder Hilmarsson on the Tocharian dual, as a scan didn't previously seem to exist. It may be of interest.