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by Hydroeccentricity
Fri May 04, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Writing system, not sure which one to use.
Replies: 16
Views: 1648

Re: Writing system, not sure which one to use.

A is for apple, A is for Angry, A is for Arpeggio...
by Hydroeccentricity
Tue May 01, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Languages without Quantifier Hopping?
Replies: 14
Views: 1520

Re: Languages without Quantifier Hopping?

Korean -man and -ppun immediately follow the noun they modify, but they're affixes, so that makes sense. Adverbs tend to be a little freer. Maybe the problem in English is that "only" is an adverb and English adverbs tend to sit in consistent places regardless of what they modify? After all, "not" s...
by Hydroeccentricity
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 18072

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

Yeah, Nina Paley's work has been pretty Hot-Topic-Edgy-Teenager when it comes to Israel. I didn't know she was a TERF though until just now. From her blog: No matter how many times I state that I have trans friends, was standing up for trans people before the current crop of MRA “transactivists” was...
by Hydroeccentricity
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 18072

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

My latest peeve: There is a story doing the rounds on all the major news outlets and on social media about the "gun blessing ceremony." You've already seen it somewhere. The problem I have with the reporting and the outcry on Facebook/twitter is that people act like it's "so American" because guns a...
by Hydroeccentricity
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20448

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

Nort's political rants make me miss Eddy.
by Hydroeccentricity
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20448

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

...the people of the islands...
WE DO NOT SOW!
by Hydroeccentricity
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Are the h and ng sounds allophones?
Replies: 31
Views: 2712

Re: Are the h and ng sounds allophones?

The distribution isn't even totally complementary:
"There's a singer ahead."
by Hydroeccentricity
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20448

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

So, Jeremy Corbyn, it turns out, hates women by not discriminating against transwomen. Mumsnet, British housewives' answer to 4chan, is now pissed off at him because if transmen aren't forced to use the women's restroom it will compromise women's-only spaces, which is a totally logical thing for a h...
by Hydroeccentricity
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election
Replies: 101
Views: 9647

Re: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election

it's become unacceptable to support Labour, and nobody knows why. The answer to this mystery is painfully obvious: the way different political forces use media to create thought. The conservative parties on both sides of the Atlantic have poured a lot of effort into giving people an almost Pavlovia...
by Hydroeccentricity
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20448

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

Awww shit. That was some clickbait nonsense making me think the Hammond was the sacrificial goat.
by Hydroeccentricity
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20448

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

So Hammond just got fired? And this is apparently the first time May was unable to ensure support from her own party on a vote in Parliament, if the news is to be believed. And now Parliament gets a final say in whatever deal the government (fails utterly to) hammer out with Brussels. Am I missing s...
by Hydroeccentricity
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 168772

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

From what I can tell, the LBK samples only show similarity to modern Georgians in mitochondrial DNA, and not at all in Y chromasomal DNA, which just brings us back to the same problem as Caucasian mtDNA in Indo-Europeans. Since they lived nearby, this might even be a single data point caused by the ...
by Hydroeccentricity
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Nostratic, Eurasiatic, Mitian, ...
Replies: 217
Views: 17060

Re: Nostratic, Eurasiatic, Mitian, ...

Howl, that's not how strawmen work. I illustrated how this method could be applied. The fact that we already know the relationship between English and Spanish is what makes the example obviously incorrect. Pointing out that the relationship between English and Spanish cannot be demonstrated in this ...
by Hydroeccentricity
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Nostratic, Eurasiatic, Mitian, ...
Replies: 217
Views: 17060

Re: Nostratic, Eurasiatic, Mitian, ...

It has often been speculated that the IE words for 4 (*kʷetwores) and 8 (*Hoḱtṓw) are related. If that is true, they should come from an earlier form like **kʷoktw. In the word for 4 the 't' was elided, and a suffix was added.  In the word for 8 the inital kʷ was lenited to a laryngeal. This is the...
by Hydroeccentricity
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Tutorial: Making a Realistic Triconsonantal Language (beta)
Replies: 42
Views: 6893

Re: Tutorial: Making a Realistic Triconsonantal Language (be

I have a question about metathesis. In your example, it happens between /p/ and /s/. Is that because /sp/ is an illegal cluster? In that case, what happens to legal clusters caused by the same prefix? Does the metathesis get generalized by analogy or by purely phonological processes? I assume, since...
by Hydroeccentricity
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: One-syllable words with specific technical or rare meanings
Replies: 313
Views: 43104

Re: One-syllable words with specific technical or rare meani

Guys, I hate to burst your bubbles, but vore is clearly a nominalization of the suffix -vore as in "carnivore" and "herbivore," much like how ism is sometimes used to mean "ideology or belief system." It's not a shortening of a Latin term nobody's heard of, or a Latin infinitive (which would be vora...
by Hydroeccentricity
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Nostratic, Eurasiatic, Mitian, ...
Replies: 217
Views: 17060

Re: Nostratic, Eurasiatic, Mitian, ...

Here's the problem I have with arguments for things like Mitian: the number of languages can never, no matter how large, be used to make coincidence less plausible. Let's say I have 100 languages, all with MT. 100 is a lot. But they acquired these pronouns from their local regional proto-language, s...
by Hydroeccentricity
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20448

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

So it seems a scheduled meeting about the UK's progress toward initial negotiations took all of 90 seconds. And the timeline is not a year and a half from now, but one year if anybody wants a transition period. The clock is ticking.
by Hydroeccentricity
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20448

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

If the full two years go by without agreement, and all the UK's agreements automatically end and Britain becomes The Purge, would it be possible to reintegrate or very rapidly re-apply to the EU as if nothing happened? Surely after watching the UK strangle itself on a foot and a half of rope Brussel...
by Hydroeccentricity
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election
Replies: 101
Views: 9647

Re: The upcoming (September 24) German federal election

How does the AfD even exist? How can they have so much support in a country that outlaws schwastikas? Do people just not put zwei and zwei together?
by Hydroeccentricity
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20448

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

Considering that EU members don't even have to agree on jus sanguinis or jus soli in determining citizenship, it would appear that the EU in general doesn't place strict rules on how member states define their own national citizenship.
by Hydroeccentricity
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 20448

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

Sal: The 2015 election was bonkers in part because voters didn't seem to understand that they have a first-past-the-post voting system, and that anything other than a 2-party system is guaranteed to fail sooner or later. I assumed that they would slap themselves on the forehead, say "How did we not...
by Hydroeccentricity
Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Voting system and reform thread
Replies: 42
Views: 4142

Re: Voting system and reform thread

So... the Democrats and Republicans choose a candidate each. You can take a ballot into the polling booth which contains those names, and a space for write ins, or you can just walk into the booth empty-handed and just do the write in vote anyway, probably for one of the candidates chosen by the Dem...
by Hydroeccentricity
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Voting system and reform thread
Replies: 42
Views: 4142

Re: Voting system and reform thread

I think a lot of amateur (and I mean that term with no judgments) efforts to fix electoral systems focus on giving voters more choice, but not necessarily more meaningful choice. We all read the news, and think about politics, and generally feel like we know exactly what we want. So any system that ...