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by kanejam
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 69831

Re: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlea

Mornche Geddick wrote:For years I used to pronounce a certain sports brand to rhyme with "bike".
Reminds me of this. :P
by kanejam
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Rafiki yangu bado anakaa chumbani mwangu... English soon. Sleep now. Ouah, ça c'était très bien pour pratiquer lire ! J'ai compris le plupart (ça a pris longtemps quand même). C'est combien de temps que tu partage ton chambre ? Est-ce que c'était ta colocataire qui a devenu bourrée ? Pourquoi tu a ...
by kanejam
Thu May 31, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")
Replies: 2538
Views: 584687

Re: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")

But I have to commend team 2 for the work done on Proto-Ronquian, it's quite impressive. I have the feeling the reconstruction is about halfway there with three of the conlangs - MT, RT and RTJ. PR reconstruction for reference. Wow that really is an impressive reconstruction - especially since it i...
by kanejam
Wed May 30, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 120651

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

Salmoneus wrote:Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robbie Williams continue planning battle
This was very perplexing for me, but mostly because I misread Robbie as Robin and thought to myself that he's not really up for battling anyone :oops:
by kanejam
Wed May 23, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread
Replies: 3108
Views: 287702

Re: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread

ˈdʒəʊ̈səf ˈstɐːɫən ˈwɘɫəm ˈɹ̠ɵ̃ːʔgən məˈɹ̠ɪi skʰwəˈdɔvskə kʰjəˈɹ̠ɪi nɪːwz boː ˈɵːwə̃ ˈʂɹ̠əʊ̈dɪŋə (ɘ → ɪ before ŋ or g) gəˈɹ̠ɐːd̚ tʰəˈhoːft̚ ˈstɐnəsɫɐv ˈʊuɫɐm (ʊ̈ʉ → ʊu before ɫ, guessing with stress) nəˈkʰɪiɾə ˈkʰɹ̠ʊ̈ʉʃɔv enˈɹ̠ɪikʰəʊ̈ ˈfeːmɪi ~ ˈfɵːmɪi ˌɘndəʊ̈jɵɹ̠əˈpʰɪijən ɛʊˈgɔŋkʰwɪijən dʒɛˈpʰɔnək̚...
by kanejam
Wed May 16, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 75532

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

In fairness, they were supposedly also throwing firebombs. The protest definitely doesn't seem so peaceful. But yeah, I also found mèþru's post a bit ridiculous. Bibi, Trump and Hamas are the only things wrong with Israel? They're solely responsible for unarmed civilians and medics getting shot and ...
by kanejam
Sun May 06, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Quick Primitive Irish Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1360

Re: Quick Primitive Irish Question

Thanks for this! Hunting a bit further I found this resource , which shows a few names that start with catu with variation between a single and double t . So it seems probable that the geminate is simply orthographic. It doesn't really help with my second question though. The only form where the sec...
by kanejam
Tue May 01, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Quick Primitive Irish Question
Replies: 2
Views: 1360

Quick Primitive Irish Question

So I'm trying to render the Irish name Ó Catháin in Primitive Irish, but my knowledge of Irish in general is pretty weak. According to Wiktionary, the ó is from PI avi 'grandson', the cath is from PI cattu 'battle', and the -áin is from the PI -agni , genitive of the diminutive -agnas . Firstly, whe...
by kanejam
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Languages without Quantifier Hopping?
Replies: 14
Views: 3823

Re: Languages without Quantifier Hopping?

I have an additional reading based on the quantifier modifying the main verb:
Satan only allows it, but doesn't encourage it or provide the opportunity to.
Satan doesn't allow it, but he does turn a blind eye.

I think all of these meanings are distinguished by intonation in speech.
by kanejam
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

最近アガリオでその名前を見たような気がしたんだ。 :? 気のせいかな。 Saikin Agario de sono namae wo mita yōna ki ga shitan da. :? Ki no sei ka na. Because I thought I had recently seen that name in Agar.io. :? Did I just imagine it? Huenda - au huenda hiyo ni mwigaji! Hata hivyo, sijui kwa nini mtu atake kuniiga... Maybe - or mayb...
by kanejam
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Yeah, I get the impression, if Swahili hadn't had so much contact with other languages that introduced conjunctions and adverbs and things like that, it'd pretty much do everything with noun classes and verbal forms. Basically all of the prepositions come from the nominal morphology, even using nou...
by kanejam
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

And yeah, Swahili infinitives are simply verbal nouns. They belong to class 15 and yes, kwa is the genitive preposition in class 15. (In some other Bantu languages, some body parts and some other words are also in class 15, but in Swahili and quite a few others, these have all been cleared out to r...
by kanejam
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Ninaishi wakati ujao! Nipo angalau saa kumi na mbili ya mbele ya nyinyi karibu nyote. I live in the future! I'm at least 12 hours ahead of nearly all of you. Toutes les horloges en Nouvelle-Zélande ont tort. Autrement, vous n'avez pas compris la différence entre matin et soir. All clocks in New Zea...
by kanejam
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

(1) There was a verb -funda meaning "to learn". I don't think it's used anymore. (2) The -y- causative gives -fund-y-a > -funza "to teach" (the causative [j] caused a bunch of consonant changes, such as /d/ to /z/). (3) At some point, the verb -funda "to learn" started to be replaced with -ji-funza...
by kanejam
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Schelling Point Game
Replies: 28
Views: 5807

Re: Schelling Point Game

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by kanejam
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

« J'ai perdu l'intérêt ». "I lost interest." Asante! Sisemi Kipolandi - huenda ninataka 1 ku ki jifunza (hicho) 2 , lakini ninataka kujifunza mbele 3 lugha nyingine nyingi, kwa mfano 4 Kiswahili. 4 Thanks! I don't speak Polish - maybe I would like to, but there are many other languages I want to le...
by kanejam
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 120651

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

Ah, I didn't get the 'closing to' reading and couldn't parse it. It's still pretty ugly.
by kanejam
Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

« J'ai perdu l'intérêt ». "I lost interest." Asante! Sisemi Kipolandi - huenda ninataka kukijifunza, lakini ninataka kujifunza mbele lugha nyingine nyingi, kwa mfano Kiswahili. Thanks! I don't speak Polish - maybe I would like to, but there are many other languages I want to learn first, like Swahi...
by kanejam
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Pour moi, ce n'est pas étrange ou vieilli , quand je parle avec d' autres gens qu e je ne connais pas bien, j'utiliserais sûrement cette phrase. For me, it isn't strange or dated, when I talk with other people I don't know I'd probably use this phrase. Ça veut dire quoi, cette phrase? What does the...
by kanejam
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Ndio! Mpangilio wa maneno wa Kimaori ni mgumu sana. Kamusi hizi ni nzuri! Yeah! Maori syntax is really hard. These dictionaries are good. Ngā mihi nui, e hoa. Āe, he whēuaua te wetereo o te reo, te mea ai he rerekē rawa atu tēnā i taua o te reo Ingarihi. Asante sana, rafiki. Ndiyo, mpangilio wa man...
by kanejam
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 223533

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's also appealing due to the constraint of one ejective per root, which is attested in at least Akkadian, and also tha...
by kanejam
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Nostratic, Eurasiatic, Mitian, ...
Replies: 217
Views: 33490

Re: Nostratic, Eurasiatic, Mitian, ...

For me lumping is fun, but lumping in ways that excludes history and modern similarities is pointless. Uralic and Altaic had contacts and both had contacts with IE, so saying that Uralic and Altaic have no relation at all but that IE and Uralic or IE and Altaic are related is just weird. When lumpi...
by kanejam
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Kiswahili chako ni kizuri! Your Swahili is good! Asante, lakini Kiswahili changu si kizuri na Kiswahili chako ni kizuri kweli :) . Je niliweza kusema pia 'nilienda/nilikuwa baani' kwa 'nilienda kwenye baa'? Thanks, but my Swahili isn't that good and yours is very good. Could I also have said 'I wen...
by kanejam
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 727842

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Ninapenda kujifunza kiSwahili. Nilienda kwa baa jana usiku, niliona mwanamuziki maarufu wa Nyuzilandi. Yeye ni mwimbaji wa Shihad . Alikuwa nzuri. I like learning Swahili. I went to a bar last night and saw a well-known Kiwi musician. He's the lead singer of Shihad (known in the States as Pacifier)...