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by Yng
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 729466

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Io wrote:what's "wala4" in Arabic?
pls to context eh
by Yng
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Quick question about English transitive verbs w/o objects
Replies: 4
Views: 1746

Re: Quick question about English transitive verbs w/o object

Not quite sure this works as ergative. When a bird 'feeds', it doesn't follow that it is 'being fed' - it could be eating food it found itself. When a glass breaks, it is broken. I would say 'feed' transitive and 'feed' intransitive are actually different senses without a transparent connection like...
by Yng
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Relative clauses: cross-linguistic comparison
Replies: 23
Views: 5349

Re: Relative clauses: cross-linguistic comparison

It's alladhī not alādhī . I think مرئي جدا is probably the best translation for 'too visible' although out of context the English sentence sounds a bit funky to me too. But yeah, definite Arabic relative clauses are formed by a... subordinator? that acts very much like a definite substantive (it eve...
by Yng
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 729466

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Iawn, a dweud y gwir, dw i'm yn siarad yn y cymraeg ers tro, a dw i'n defnyddio geiriadur nad y dw i'm yn ei adnabod. Pa un? Which one? nad ydw i'n ei adnabod (no ddim with this) - though you're just as likely to hear geiriadur dw i'm yn nabod (e) . Mae Geiriadur yr Academi'n rhydd i ddefnyddio ar ...
by Yng
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 729466

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Medra i glywed y gân yn 'n mhen i wrth i mi dd arllen hyn ! Er mod i'm yn nabod y gân 'ma, a dweud y gwir. I can hear the song in my head as I read this! Although I don't actually know this song. Lle d ysgest ti "caniad"? Sa i'n ei wybod e ond yn enw Caniad Solomon. lle sounds northern and sa i'n s...
by Yng
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Translations of the Bible
Replies: 58
Views: 8277

Re: Translations of the Bible

yes i was just surprised that methru would equate the extensive and incredibly far-reaching debates over the scriptural basis of stances on homosexuality with the basically pretty ephemeral issue of protestant positions on the BDS movement
by Yng
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Translations of the Bible
Replies: 58
Views: 8277

Re: Translations of the Bible

From what I understand most American sects have their pastors/ministers/whatever-they-call-its read the founding works of their sect (Luther, Calvin, Wesley as well as various Articles of Faith/Confession/Creed), regardless of hardlineness. I don't think the laypeople read them though, even though ...
by Yng
Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Two questions about Welsh
Replies: 3
Views: 1003

Re: Two questions about Welsh

Losing the mutations would cause basically no problems per se . They rarely occur independently in any case, and there are only a handful of cases where they mark some kind of distinction (e.g. between two homophones). Yeah, e.g. the loanwords, of which I suppose they have plenty, don't normally do ...
by Yng
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Vowel deletion in adjectives only?
Replies: 9
Views: 1835

Re: Vowel deletion in adjectives only?

I'm fairly sure at least a couple of these exist in English - for me at least a'dult is an adjective only whilst 'adult is a noun (and maybe can be an adjective too). There are some others too. It's not implausible at all.
by Yng
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Innovative Usage Thread
Replies: 2452
Views: 213860

Re: The Innovative Usage Thread

'Fuck with' in that sense is definitely used without the -s in some American dialects - I think AAVE.
by Yng
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Third-person verbal morphology
Replies: 19
Views: 3019

Re: Third-person verbal morphology

I think the reason that Irish is sometimes analysed as having pronominal agreement there is that throughout the Irish verbal system suffixed forms and forms with no suffix and an independent pronoun are in complementary distribution, often within the same paradigm, and cannot co-occur. So for exampl...
by Yng
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Third-person verbal morphology
Replies: 19
Views: 3019

Re: Third-person verbal morphology

This is the case in Welsh. The form of the verb is determined entirely by what immediately follows. If it's a noun (singular or plural) then it'll be third person singular. Otherwise, it will conjugate depending on the pronoun following it, without any consideration of the number or w/e of the subj...
by Yng
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Third-person verbal morphology
Replies: 19
Views: 3019

Re: Third-person verbal morphology

You can analyse Ancient Egyptian that way: sš.f "he writes" vs. sš s "the man writes". But this can also be analysed as the verb not actually inflecting at all, and the apparent personal inflection just being a nominative pronoun that happens to be suffixed to the verb. Yes. There can also be morph...
by Yng
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Singing pronunciation in different languages
Replies: 16
Views: 3036

Re: Singing pronunciation in different languages

In Welsh, alongside the expected spelling pronunciations of diphthongs (though now increasingly widespread in Welsh anyway) you have the pronunciation of ei eu (the third person possessive pronouns, normally /i~e:/) as /aj/. In fact, this may also occur in other words with the same (spelt) diphthong.
by Yng
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Different ways to do serial verbs
Replies: 6
Views: 2375

Re: Different ways to do serial verbs

It looks like it might be cognate with Arabic's participles, which typically denote either continuous or perfect/resultative meaning depending on context. Why you'd call these gerund(ive)s though I have no idea. For what it's worth, Turkish has quite a few subordinating verbal endings ('converbs') w...
by Yng
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What language is this?
Replies: 12
Views: 2221

Re: What language is this?

I'm listening on low-ish volume but nonetheless basically incomprehensible

It actually sounds like Irish or what I am given to understand Irish sounds like. Or like Icelandic. Or like made-up pseudoCeltic.
by Yng
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 729466

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Lle b yddet ti'n cael tsita? lle doesn't trigger soft mutation. (Also to me this reads like dialect mixing - we say lle byset/baset up north and in the south they say ble byddet - but there are probs dialects that do both). The reason if you wanna get etymological is that this is underlyingly lle y...
by Yng
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 729466

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Bristel wrote: Bore dydd Llun da! Dw i eisiau cath.
Good Monday morning! I want a cat.
Bore Llun da sounds better - bore llun is monday morning.

Be sydd ar y Gymraeg?
What's wrong with Welsh?
by Yng
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Lexical ultra-conservatism
Replies: 53
Views: 9654

Re: Lexical ultra-conservatism

Modern Standard Arabic has its fair share of lexical conservatives, which gives interesting neologisms from Arabic's triconsonantal derivation patterns. Some from the top of my head: dabbāba 'tank' from dabba 'to crawl' mustarjil 'FTM transgender person' from istarjala 'to seek to be a man' hātif '...
by Yng
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Is Basque really weird?
Replies: 33
Views: 4902

Re: Is Basque really weird?

Yes, surdeclinaison is very common. Turkish can do basically the same thing with genitive and locative phrases ( bahçe-miz-de-ki-ler-e 'to the ones in our garden' < garden-1pl-in-NOM-PL-DAT; Hasan-'ın-ki-ler-e 'to Hasan's (ones)' < Hasan-GEN-NOM-PL-DAT). Most of the weird features of Basque are real...
by Yng
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Innovative Usage Thread
Replies: 2452
Views: 213860

Re: The Innovative Usage Thread

An acquaintance of mine, native speaker of Kurdish and Arabic, recently used the term "Weißarbeit" ("white labor") as an antonym to "Schwarzarbeit" ("black labor"), referring to a job that is official, including a contract, regulation by law, income tax et cetera. I thought that was very creative :...
by Yng
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Code-switching
Replies: 29
Views: 4318

Re: Code-switching

This whole 'one vocabulary' idea certainly lines up with my own experiences both with Welsh and with Arabic. With Welsh people tend to switch happily from one to the other quite a lot with no obvious 'motivating' conditional factor. With Arabic-English bilinguals I have observed the same thing, and ...
by Yng
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 729466

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Dw i'n siwr 'swn i 'n g alw hi'n "bathroom" yn ffurfiol serch hynny. I'm sure I'd call it a "bathroom" formally regardless. Fi hefyd. Neu 'doiled' falle. Me too. Or maybe 'toilet'. baswn, byswn, 'swn etc are all forms of bod and require an yn . a sink room Nini? What? " Chumba changu cha bakuli kik...
by Yng
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 729466

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Wel , medrwn ni ddweud bod ni'n mynd i'r "bathroom", "toilet", "loo", "dunny", ac yn cyfeirio at yr un peth: mynd i'r lle chwech a cachu a pisio. :P Well we can say we're going to the "bathroom", "toilet", "loo", "dunny", and be referring to the same thing: going to the WC and doing your business. ...