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by KathTheDragon
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Ephemera
Topic: IMPORTANT NEWS - MOVING BOARD
Replies: 3
Views: 826

Re: IMPORTANT NEWS - MOVING BOARD

Because I'm not a nihilist
by KathTheDragon
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 169964

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Whether you call it a topic marker or an ergative case, it's the exact same development: genitive -> intermediary -> nominative, and I still don't buy it.
by KathTheDragon
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 169964

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

The idea of an ergative origin has been proposed before, and I don't think it works. Just about the only thing it has going for it is that both nominative and genitive singulars end in *s, although I believe it was Kortlandt who also connected the neuter thematic nom-acc to his reconstruction of the...
by KathTheDragon
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Ephemera
Topic: IMPORTANT NEWS - MOVING BOARD
Replies: 3
Views: 826

Re: IMPORTANT NEWS - MOVING BOARD

Obligatory question: in theory, none of the posts here will be lost, right?
by KathTheDragon
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread
Replies: 3108
Views: 208433

Re: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread

lɛŋθ and stʃɹɛŋθ
by KathTheDragon
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: What are you reading, watching and listening to?
Replies: 469
Views: 52814

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

The BBC did a short TV series based on the book, which I quite enjoyed.
by KathTheDragon
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 19241

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)

I think one of your comparisons is the wrong way round, Methru.
by KathTheDragon
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 19241

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)

Given your desire for rational debate, let's address your post. So far as I can tell, the crux of your argument is the following: 1) avoiding awkward conversations can be symptomatic of a mental dysfunction 2) we don't know if vampireshark's dad has such a mental dysfunction 3) if he does have a men...
by KathTheDragon
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 91273

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

For me, nappy is the only word for them. I would never think of nappies when hearing napkin, though.
by KathTheDragon
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 91273

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

The semantics clearly are not the same. A [sanitary] [product pilot] is a product pilot that is sanitary, whatever that means. A [sanitary product] [pilot] is a pilot for sanitary products, aka tampons and pads. Since only the second one actually means anything to me, it's the only reasonable choice...
by KathTheDragon
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 91273

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

If you seriously can't see anything ambiguous in that sentence then stop acting so superior, because it's you who're missing something. Of course I can see ambiguity there, but when you actually say the words "I still don't know if the writer was intending [sanitary product] + [pilot] or [sanitary]...
by KathTheDragon
Thu May 31, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The Official ZBB Quote Thread
Replies: 2878
Views: 333151

Re: The Official ZBB Quote Thread

Soap wrote:I guess the pilot joke just flew over everybody's heads. Oh well, i shouldve known better. Tampon jokes just arent funny, period.
by KathTheDragon
Thu May 31, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 169964

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Yes, pretty much. In my eyes, the evidence is pretty clear for the adoption of agriculture slightly post-dating the breakup of PIE, which would explain both the inconsistent semantics between Anatolian and the rest of IE, and the consistency in the European branches.
by KathTheDragon
Thu May 31, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 91273

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

[sanitary] [product pilot] doesn't even make any sense, so it's obviously [sanitary product] [pilot]
by KathTheDragon
Thu May 31, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")
Replies: 2538
Views: 512900

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

Oh, man, I really ought to go back and work on my langs, or maybe contribute to the PR reconstruction again.
by KathTheDragon
Wed May 30, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 169964

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Congratulations, you've successfully named languages which are widely agreed to form a proper sub-group of PIE, and hence have only proven a meaning "to plough" for their common ancestor, which is not PIE itself.
by KathTheDragon
Wed May 30, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 169964

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

(1) Germanic languages are currently spoken close to the Balkan Germanic languages are also spoken in North American and South Africa. It is clear PIE is not the language of a people who were farming for thousands of years. They coined a lot of new terms and borrowed others from 'substrate'. But th...
by KathTheDragon
Tue May 29, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 169964

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

It's instructive to look at the Anatolian reflexes of some of these words. For example, *seh₁-, which gives "sow" everywhere else, yields šāi- "press" in Hittite, and *h₂erh₃-, which gives "plough", yields ḫarra- "crush, grind". For "plough", Hittite apparently uses two verbs together, ḫārš- and ter...
by KathTheDragon
Tue May 29, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 169964

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Moreover, invoking evolutionary radiation doesn't counter WE's point. Indeed, they asserted that a family spreading out is the major source of diversity, just not the only one.
by KathTheDragon
Sat May 19, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 169964

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Well, some of the pre-stages the Leiden model assumes are plausible, such as an original R(Ø)-S(é)- in the amphikinetic accusative, and it's even possible that the nominative there had S(Ø) as well, but that's strictly speaking beyond the comparative method.
by KathTheDragon
Wed May 16, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 169964

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Im not aware of ther being reflexes of h2 & h3 in Hittite You must've been living under a rock, then, because Hittite is quite famous for being the first discovered language to have consonantal reflexes of laryngeals in ḫ . Examples are ḫanza, ḫant- "forehead" < *h₂ent-, ḫāraš, ḫaran- "eagle" < *h₃...
by KathTheDragon
Wed May 16, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 169964

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

I take things Kloekhorst says with a pinch of salt and a very critical eye, since he's said several things which I think are utter bullshit.
by KathTheDragon
Wed May 16, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 91273

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

To break it down differently, "all bosses without skips" is naming a category of speedrun, where, as Aly said, all bosses are defeated and no glitches are used to skip parts of the game. If you chunk it together as an adjective describing the speedrun, the rest of the sentence is easily parsed and u...
by KathTheDragon
Tue May 15, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 91273

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

I'm amused I could parse that correctly first time.