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by Vuvuzela
Thu May 08, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What do you do with a walk?
Replies: 28
Views: 2969

Re: What do you do with a walk?

I go for a walk, a run, or a hike.
I take a walk, a hike, a look, a shower, a nap, or a rest.
I have a look, or a rest.
I also run, walk, hike, shower, nap, and rest.
by Vuvuzela
Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What's the deal with Russian stress?
Replies: 18
Views: 1554

Re: What's the deal with Russian stress?

I hear what you're talking about, but I can also hear where the stress is "supposed" to be, because vowel reduction.
by Vuvuzela
Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Closed and Open classes in Natlangs (Especially Japanese)
Replies: 12
Views: 3672

Re: Closed and Open classes in Natlangs (Especially Japanese

English has borrowed a pronoun-set (as you mentioned "they"), at least one preposition ("per"), and half a conjunction ("be cause ") just off the top of my head. Even the form of the copula "are" was probably influenced by the Norse. Open vs. closed class is not a binary distinction, but more of a c...
by Vuvuzela
Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Is "-wise" a clitic?
Replies: 15
Views: 1616

Re: Is "-wise" a clitic?

Constructed example:
It's just not a good crowd, people-I-actually-like-wise.
Admittedly, not the way I'd probably phrase that, but it sounds perfectly grammatical.
by Vuvuzela
Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 375510

Re: Romanization challenge thread

Modern Standard Arabic in Cyrillic/ العربية الفصحى بالسيريلية/ ӏәл-ӏъәрәбијјәто л-фосъҳъә бе-с-Сирилијјә: /m n/<м н> /b t d tˤ dˤ d͡ʒ k q ʔ/<б т д тъ дъ җ к қ ӏ> /f θ ð s z sˤ ðˤ ʃ χ ʁ ħ ʕ h/<ф т ҫ ҙ с з съ зъ ш х ӷ ҳъ ӏъ ҳ> /r/<р> /w l lˤ* j/<в л л ј> Prepositions and the definite article offset by...
by Vuvuzela
Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:08 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Poblas, constructed language in progress
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Re: Poblas, constructed language in progress

Welcome to the ZBB. Pickles and tea, etc. You seem to be off to an alright start, though depending on the setting, your use of Latin/Spanish/Greek might be a little questionable.With regard to your phonology, are/ʃ/ and /ɕ/ supposed to be two separate phonemes written with the same letter <ɕ>, or is...
by Vuvuzela
Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Other linguistic treadmills?
Replies: 37
Views: 4021

Re: Other linguistic treadmills?

This often happens to negations, since a negative statement that sounds like a positive one can cause a good deal of confusion. The classic example is French. Old French: Jeo ne dis. "I do not say" Negative particle precedes the verb. Modern Literary French: Je ne dis pas . "pas" originally meaning ...
by Vuvuzela
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: [p]->[k] sound change outside of Arapaho?
Replies: 12
Views: 2393

Re: [p]->[k] sound change outside of Arapaho?

Proto-Oceanic is reconstructed with a "labiovelar" series, typically assumed to be a set of possibly labialised velarised bilabials. In some languages, these are reflected as simple velars. No-one knows exactly where these phonemes originally come from, though.
by Vuvuzela
Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 375510

Re: Romanization challenge thread

The Most Difficult Romanization Challenge Ever:

/N/ <ŋ>

/p, t, k/ <b d g/gu>

/l/ <r/g>

/i e a o u/ <y ä a ô o>
gemination marked with an apostrophe

/taNNop NoNka kalto tallu taNtul lata/
[tannop moŋka kaːɾo tallu tandul laɾa]
Daŋ'ôb ŋôŋga galdô dar'o daŋdol rada
by Vuvuzela
Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Natlang Etymology thread
Replies: 42
Views: 3361

Natlang Etymology thread

Some words are unlikely to be traceable to a proto-language with a certain time depth, either because they are seldom enough used that they are extremely likely to be replaced within a given period of time, or because they refer to concepts that primitive peoples simply lacked, such as writing or in...
by Vuvuzela
Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:32 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Octopuke
Replies: 63
Views: 8690

Re: The Official ZBB Quote Thread

Octopi is the only ʊs->aɪ plural in English, and for that alone deserves to be protected. Same goes for people,our only suppletive plural.
by Vuvuzela
Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 375510

Re: Romanization challenge thread

Wenq: (/wə̃ʔ/) Initials: /p b mp mb t d nt nd tr̥ dr ntr̥ ndr tʃ dʒ ntʃ ndʒ k g ŋk ŋg ʔ/<p b mp mb t g nt nd tr dr ntr ndr c z nc nz k g nk mg q> /s x h/<s x h> /m n ɲ ŋ/<m n nj ng> /l r j w/<l r j w> <h> appears at the beginning of every vowel-initial syllable Medials: /æ ɑ ɛ œ ɔ e ø ə o i y ɨ u/ <...
by Vuvuzela
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: My protolang
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Re: My protolang

How does your proximate/obviate distinction work, exactly?
by Vuvuzela
Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Game
Replies: 2673
Views: 200458

Re: Sound Change Game

Msérsca teapín teose [tʃɔˈpiːn tʃuˈsɛ]->Minva ćopn ćusa [tʃɔpn̩ tʃusə]-> Kes Minsh sjtomp sjtus [ʃtɔmp ʃtus]
by Vuvuzela
Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Post your conlang's phonology
Replies: 2278
Views: 235534

Re: Post your conlang's phonology

As usual, I'm going for systematicity more than intuitiveness. /mʱ m nʱ n ɳʱ ɳ /<mh m nh n ñh ñ> /ʋʱ ʋ lʱ l ɭʱ ɭ yʱ y ɦ/ <vh v lh l ḷh ḷ yh y h> /bʱ ~ β z ʒ gʱ ~ ɣ/<bh zh jh gh> /b dʱ d ʣ ɖʐ ʤ g/ <b d dh z ẓ j d g> /pʰ ~ f p tʰ t ʦʰ ʦ ʈʂʰ ʈʂ ʧʰ ʧ kʰ ~ x k/<ph p th t ch c ċh ċ qh q kh k> /s ʃ/<s x> /...
by Vuvuzela
Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:59 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Need help
Replies: 5
Views: 904

Re: Need help

Reminds me a bit of Verner's law
by Vuvuzela
Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:51 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 375510

Re: Romanization challenge thread

You know who I hate? Fucking dyslexics. dGudzong Tibetan /pʰ p b tʰ t d ʈʰ ʈ ɖ c ɟ kʰ k g ʔ/<pp p b tt t dt td d dd cc c j kk k g q> /tsʰ ts dz tɕʰ tɕ dʑ/<ts tz dz cs cz jz> /ɸ β sʰ s z ʂʰ ʂ ʐ ɕʰ ɕ ʑ xʰ x ɣ h ɦ/<f v sz z zz ss s zs sc sj zj x gh hh h> /m̥ m n̥ n ȵ̊ ȵ ŋ̊ ŋ/<pm m tn n cn jn kn gn> /l̥...
by Vuvuzela
Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Yod-dropping: why is it there in the first place?
Replies: 11
Views: 2481

Re: Yod-dropping: why is it there in the first place?

Why is the palatal aspect of the sound so integral that its omission is considered sufficiently noteworthy to have its own formal term? Most sufficiently widespread sound changes in English have names. Why is it there in the first place? <u> in Middle English did not represent /u:/. The symbol for ...
by Vuvuzela
Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 375510

Re: Romanization challenge thread

/m ɱ n̪ n ŋ ɴ/ <m ɱ n ṇ ŋ ń> /p t k/ <p t c> /l j w/ <l j v> /i y u/ <i y u> /e ø ɘ ɵ o/ <é ǿ ớ ẃ ó> /ø̞ ɵ̞ ɤ̞/<ø w ơ> /ɛ œ ɞ ɔ/ <e œ ö o> /a ɑ/ <ä a> Tones <1-5 after the syllable> Worst possible syllable: ṇớɱc. Yuck. Edit: /amt5 nɤl2 ø̞ ol4 tul1 tu ɤn2/ ämt5 ṇơl2 ø2 ól4 tul1 tu1 ơṇ /ji5 ŋɞn ji5 ɱy...
by Vuvuzela
Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: An Attempt to Fix English Spelling (AKA Mission: Impossible)
Replies: 72
Views: 7011

Re: An Attempt to Fix English Spelling (AKA Mission: Impossi

There's two kinds of English spelling reform that you'll find. Both of them are generally terrible. Kind 1 is people half-seriously (or seriously) suggesting that we reform English spelling. These tend to be just generalizations of already existing conventions, like treegod's reforms. These are terr...
by Vuvuzela
Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 375510

Re: Romanization challenge thread

C:
/m n ɲ ŋ/<m n ñ g>
/p t c k/<p t c k>
/f s ç x/<f s x h>
/w l j ʁ/<w l j r


G:
/w j ɴ/<w j n>
V:
[a ə]<a y>
[ɛ i] <e i>
[ʌ ɯ] <a y>
[ɔ u] <o u>
Worst possible syllable:
ñenc
by Vuvuzela
Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 375510

Re: Romanization challenge thread

Somewhat Jokey ASCII romanization of Hanoi Vietnamese Initials: /p t̪ʰ t c k kʰ~x/<p c t q k x> /ɓ ɗ/<b d> /f v s z ɣ h/<f v s z j h> /m n ɲ ŋ/<m n y g> /l r w/<l r w> Medials: (all but u and Vw series can take -w- between initial and medial) /a aː ɛ ə ɔ e əː o i ɨ u/<a aa ae ea ao e eo o i eu u> /i...
by Vuvuzela
Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 375510

Re: Romanization challenge thread

Abnormal Language: Stop: /t, k, kʷ, ʔ/<t k kw q> Implosive: /ɗ, ɠ, ɠʷ/<d g gw> Ejective: /tsʼ, tʃʼ, tɬʼ, kʼ, kʼʷ/ <c' j' tl' k' k'w> Affricates: /ts, ʒ, tɬ, kx, kxʷ/<c j tl kx kxw Fricative: /θ, s, ʃ, ɬ, x, xʷ, χ, χʷ, h/<f s ş hl x xw ķ ķw h> Approximants or Voiced Fricative: /ð, z, ʒ, ɮ , ɣ, ɣ, ʁ, ...
by Vuvuzela
Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: PIE Urheimat Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 4145

PIE Urheimat Discussion

Actually I don't think this is quackery, so maybe it deserves a new thread, still what do you all think of this? To me it makes about as much sense as anything else and seems to be looking for causes etc. http://www.academia.edu/2944128/Indo-European_Expansion_Cycles First impression: It is not qua...
by Vuvuzela
Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Euphony and non-phonemic orthographies
Replies: 23
Views: 2226

Re: Euphony and non-phonemic orthographies

Don't really like too much <ˇ> on consonants. It can be alright in moderation, but isn't to be overused. I think German orthography is visually appealing; regardless of how impractical things like <tzsch> are, they'e, well, not exactly beautiful, but fun to look at anyway. I also like how Dutch writ...