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by Ars Lande
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Help your conlang fluency (2)
Replies: 6633
Views: 39814

Re: Help your conlang fluency (2)

Ta, on najún egá šekóun, lu on najún ungá šekóun, a tjadašeje: talta andasú oí gendí.
Making the difference between what is in our power, and what isn’t: that is the beginning of wisdom
by Ars Lande
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Faites-le le
Replies: 10
Views: 1629

Re: Faites-le le

The second le will often be reduced to /l/ with the schwa elided, if the following word starts with a consonant that isn't /l/. Except for southern French where the schwa is never elided... Would that be Occitan influence? I get the impression now from looking at different langues d'oïl and langues...
by Ars Lande
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Lexicon Building
Replies: 4308
Views: 314539

Re: Lexicon Building

vsarora < vsarje, to sit < CE wasār

Next: expertise.
by Ars Lande
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Lexicon Building
Replies: 4308
Views: 314539

Re: Lexicon Building

Erdanic:
bekkolynče, -ha < bekkolyn, 'trick, deception' < bekkolaje, 'to deceive' < Classical Tarandim behqol 'hidden men'

Next:
seagull.
by Ars Lande
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Help your conlang fluency (2)
Replies: 6633
Views: 39814

Re: Help your conlang fluency (2)

Mno ! Ose kytá nsáh oí luykoí.
At last, it has stopped raining here.
by Ars Lande
Wed May 09, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: French politics thread
Replies: 35
Views: 2318

Re: French politics thread

Several things about them have left me a little dejected. - On may 1st, the black blocks decide to sack a McDonald's. Mélenchon claims it "must be the far right", despite all evidence. - Violent insults to Libération (left to far-left newspaper) from FI supporters for reporting an accurate - but dis...
by Ars Lande
Mon May 07, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: French politics thread
Replies: 35
Views: 2318

Re: French politics thread

Hey, let's revive the thread a bit. The really fascinating thing about French politics these days is how Macron has utterly destroyed all opposition. I can't even tell who's supposed to be the opposition party. The natural question is: is this the result of the election, or its cause? On the one ha...
by Ars Lande
Thu May 03, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: French politics thread
Replies: 35
Views: 2318

Re: French politics thread

Hey, let's revive the thread a bit. The really fascinating thing about French politics these days is how Macron has utterly destroyed all opposition. I can't even tell who's supposed to be the opposition party. Our alt-right and the FN are all busy beating up Marine Le Pen and the former FN leadersh...
by Ars Lande
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 19025

Re: Venting thread

So right now I'm pretty infuriated by IT(...) but for some reason on my laptop I had made a typo That's weird that your mailing software didn't catch that. I'm not an expert of mailing protocols, but I tried an equivalent thing using Gmail as the client and it complained instantly at not being able...
by Ars Lande
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: kårroť scratchpad - Necroes welcome!
Replies: 49
Views: 9639

Re: kårroť scratchpad - Necroes welcome!

I believe the question to ask is: how do Earth humans know about kårroť? Who found out about the species and how did kårroť humans look to them? If there is no or very little contact between Earth and kårroť, using "human" makes a lot of sense. There is no real need to distinguish both species most ...
by Ars Lande
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Cultural approaches to handbooks
Replies: 17
Views: 1150

Re: Cultural approaches to handbooks

That would be standard practice in France, especially chez Larousse . I have several editions of French plays which have a huge structure of critical apparatus. I think the American/British preference is only enough apparatus so you can read the text. You could put everything in a critical edition,...
by Ars Lande
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Voynich manuscript
Replies: 40
Views: 4511

Re: Voynich manuscript

I couldn't find the original claim, but apparently the hypothesis had something to do with the drawings of baths and fountains.
There are large sections dedicated to botany and astrology, which is suggestive of a medical or alchemical text.

I still prefer this theory, though: https://xkcd.com/593/
by Ars Lande
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: What are you reading, watching and listening to?
Replies: 469
Views: 52759

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

Stranger Things. Really good, in a let's overdose on 80's nostalgia kind of way.
by Ars Lande
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election
Replies: 101
Views: 9725

Re: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election

More generally, the theme seems to be that the people are completely uninterested in regional-level government wherever you are, until an independence movement comes along. I always thought the Germans are on the whole, very satisfied with the federal system, interested in regional-level politics, ...
by Ars Lande
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election
Replies: 101
Views: 9725

Re: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election

People generally vote for parties rather than individuals; as a result, German legislators are very heavily dependent on their parties, and almost never vote against them. Ich habe eine Unterschied zwischen die Wahl während des Ermächtigungsgesetzes (und das französischen Gegenstück) in Deutschland...
by Ars Lande
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20579

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

I got confused by UK/Great Britain terminology. Sorry about that :). By the way, are people from Northern Ireland "British"? I'm not sure there is a actually a good answer to that question...
by Ars Lande
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20579

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

Fascinating stuff, as always! Thanks, Sal.
Salmoneus wrote:Sir Helenus Padraic Seosamh Milmo QC,
There's some serious potential for a "Harry Potter minor character or British politician" game here.
by Ars Lande
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election
Replies: 101
Views: 9725

Re: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election

That was a great write-up, by the way. It's not your fault that Germany's politics is so much less dramatic and absurd than the UK's. Seconded. That was great. The party of current Chancellor Angela Merkel, which might be confusing for some English speakers, given how much she is seen as a heroine ...
by Ars Lande
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20579

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

Salmoneus wrote: It's also the court of appeal for disciplinary actions within the Royal College of Vetinary Surgeons.
I'm beginning to think Britain actually keeps adding weird loopholes in their constitution on purpose because they're funny.
by Ars Lande
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election
Replies: 101
Views: 9725

Re: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election

Thanks, Raphael!

How popular is Merkel, really? It feels a bit strange that she could conceivably stay in power for 16 years straight. Though IIRC Kohl stayed just as long.
by Ars Lande
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20579

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

But, more seriously, was this sort of complexity common in premodern states? E.g. was ancien régime France just as much a pile of ancient titles and exceptions, but we don't notice because it got reformed multiple times? Or has Britain always been an eccentric outlier? Yes, the ancien régime was po...
by Ars Lande
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20579

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

I just discovered the existence of Lord Buckethead.

I'm a little disappointed he didn't make it. And also jealous: we could use a few Lords Buckethead too.
by Ars Lande
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Is there any good sides to diglossia?
Replies: 14
Views: 1302

Re: Is there any good sides to diglossia?

Having a common vehicular language. Vernacular languages spoken in the Arab World are not intercomprehensible. I heard from Moroccans that there are calls to promote darija (Maghrebi Arabic) over Modern Standard Arabic. Presumably, the cost of learning MSA is becoming too high - it certainly feels m...
by Ars Lande
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Writing styles of genders, ages, and authors: A PhD thesis
Replies: 23
Views: 1830

Re: Writing styles of genders, ages, and authors: A PhD thes

I'm finally finishing my thesis, yay! It's in computer science, but leaning heavily towards linguistics. The main focus is on text classification; that is, how can we get a machine to statistically analyse a text and figure out, for example, who wrote the text, the author's gender or age, whether t...
by Ars Lande
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: How do boards of directors function in multilingual settings
Replies: 26
Views: 2332

Re: How do boards of directors function in multilingual sett

(Personally, I do feel it's a bit rude of Brits or Americans to expect that French people will speak English as a matter of course. But that's another debate entirely.) What if Germans or Spaniards would expect it? Does that make it less rude? Especially since expecting someone else speaks French i...