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by Frislander
Tue May 29, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Grand Phonological Theory of Everything
Replies: 13
Views: 3622

Re: The Grand Phonological Theory of Everything

Also Sal have you never heard of Psycholinguistics? Or Sociolinguistics? Or Computational Linguistics? Or Language Acquisition Studies? Or Phonetics? Or indeed any field of linguistics outside of phonology, syntax and historical linguistics. If you look outside that little box of abstract theorising...
by Frislander
Sat May 26, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 224333

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

I am very skeptical about theories in which the Caucasian languages influenced PIE. These theories always serve to give PIE more of a profile like the Caucasian languages of today. But we don't have a clue what those languages were like more than 5000 years ago. And I don't believe in linguistic re...
by Frislander
Tue May 15, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Grand Phonological Theory of Everything
Replies: 13
Views: 3622

Re: The Grand Phonological Theory of Everything

Word-level exemplar theory.
by Frislander
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: deriving conlangs, generally
Replies: 11
Views: 3157

Re: deriving conlangs, generally

@Frislander: is the Iroquian language part of Conspiration des poudres? Possibly, though frankly I kinda have no clue what's happening with it, it's kinda hard to place in the family (it's definitely Northern Iroquoian, but apart from that is also kind of its own thing), but I suppose it could be, ...
by Frislander
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: deriving conlangs, generally
Replies: 11
Views: 3157

Re: deriving conlangs, generally

I tend to go in totally different directions with a priori versus a posteriori . With a priori I tend to start with the daughter and work on the parent either alongside or after I'm creating the daughter. With a posteriori I prefer to read all about the proto-language and the isoglosses found in the...
by Frislander
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 224333

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

The odds that two languages are genetically related also depend on how much they have in common, and how much the geographical distance is between the places where these languages were spoken. For example, the chances of a relationship between Bantu and Quechua (close to zero) are much lower than b...
by Frislander
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Quickie Thread
Replies: 2827
Views: 342463

Re: Sound Change Quickie Thread

I do wonder, though, what would the nasals vocalise to? Rhotic will turn into a low vowel, the lateral into a back vowel, but what about the nasals? Nasal vowels? Just /a/? I guess the simple answer is "pretty much anything", I mean just look at the different results of the loss of syllabic resonan...
by Frislander
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Native American survival scenario
Replies: 288
Views: 50006

Re: Native American survival scenario

OK, so that Algolang has been rejigged yet again (what a surprise), mainly because I felt the previous incarnation was too close to Crow in a part of the world where such contact effects don't appear to be very strong at all. In some respects it's kind of returned to how it was originally, but at th...
by Frislander
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 224333

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

I mean technically we can't actually know for sure how the Akkadian "emphatics" were pronounced; I've even heard it proposed that they were in fact aspirates developed under Sumerian influence, which would turn the constraint against multiple emphatics in a root into something more like Grassman's L...
by Frislander
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Haida and Na-Dene
Replies: 161
Views: 28821

Re: Haida and Na-Dene

I think in this instances we take "older" to mean "first branch to split off from the rest of the family", as in "Anatolian is the oldest branch of Indo-European".
by Frislander
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Classical Composers
Replies: 103
Views: 16661

Re: Classical Composers

Salmoneus wrote:the organisation his gayness would supposedly have ‘disgraced’ quite openly at that time had an anthem to the delights of gay anal sex, so it would hardly have been a shocking scandal
I almost did a double take at this in front of my laptop Sal WTF?!?!
by Frislander
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")
Replies: 2538
Views: 587185

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

Gwynwth wrote:Does there happen to be any maps of the nations of the various time periods?
http://akana.conlang.org/wiki/Maps_of_Akana
by Frislander
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")
Replies: 2538
Views: 587185

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

I agree. Welcome, Gwynwth! Do you have a specific historical scenario for your Isles language in mind? I'm still familiarizing myself with the history of Akana, so not really. What continents are inhabited, and are we restricted to Southern Peilaš, west Tuysáfa, and Zeluzhia? Well no not really, bu...
by Frislander
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Haida and Na-Dene
Replies: 161
Views: 28821

Re: Haida and Na-Dene

Well I mean what's to say with the sound subsitutions that they could be inherited from a Proto-Indo-Uralic, but that the system underwent extreme simplification à la Tocharian? (I'm not trying to say your ideas don't have weight, I'd just like some elaboration).
by Frislander
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Conlang relay [relocated] (aka "The Cursed Relay")
Replies: 2538
Views: 587185

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

There seems to be some server issues with the wiki; I've been logged out and I'm having trouble logging in again, as the login page isn't loading.
by Frislander
Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Good syntax books
Replies: 32
Views: 6711

Re: Good syntax books

As for Minimalism, I think it's kind of hilarious that the single stupidest bit of X' theory— the huge vertical growth of syntactic trees, crammed with contentless nodes-- has been quietly dropped. Poor students of that era, forced to draw extra nodes because nothing but the elegance of X' demanded...
by Frislander
Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Good syntax books
Replies: 32
Views: 6711

Re: Good syntax books

As for Minimalism, I think it's kind of hilarious that the single stupidest bit of X' theory— the huge vertical growth of syntactic trees, crammed with contentless nodes-- has been quietly dropped. Poor students of that era, forced to draw extra nodes because nothing but the elegance of X' demanded...
by Frislander
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Native American survival scenario
Replies: 288
Views: 50006

Re: Native American survival scenario

mèþru wrote:It's the lingua franca, but I think it will only have native speakers in the area around Bharuch and Ahmedabad and maybe also in nearby parts of Rajasthan.
Maybe Bharuchi then?
by Frislander
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Native American survival scenario
Replies: 288
Views: 50006

Re: Native American survival scenario

Well if it extends from Sindh to Burma then I'm guessing the main diffusion channel is the Ganges, so maybe Gangali? Also when you say "America is considered a single continent", do you mean the whole of the Americas? And does your classification also mean that the Middle East but not "India" are pa...
by Frislander
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Classical Composers
Replies: 103
Views: 16661

Re: Classical Composers

To be honest, I don't know the 1905 or Babi-Yar at all. That's a shame, because the 1905 is fairly akin to No. 10, you should definitely have a listen. Babi-Yar though I think I can perhaps excuse, though I'd still say it's a lot more accessible than 14, which is by far the most "out-there" Shostak...
by Frislander
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Classical Composers
Replies: 103
Views: 16661

Re: Classical Composers

Can I just say I love later Schubert so much, Death and the Maiden in particular, I don't know why but I think it may be to do with how I find something to love in all four movements, which is really rather rare for me with classical pieces (usually I find that I most relate to the opening movement,...
by Frislander
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Quickie Thread
Replies: 2827
Views: 342463

Re: Sound Change Quickie Thread

I think so, but that would still make the language very unusual, as phonologies with a functional velar-uvular distinction in fricatives are very few and far between. Is this really the case? It's very areal, for sure, but there's a heck of a lot of North American languages in the PNW with this dis...
by Frislander
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election
Replies: 323
Views: 38921

Re: A Very Brief Explanation of the British Election

Please stop this is the wrong thread we only talk British Politics here, keep this to the Donald Trump's America thread.
by Frislander
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: How should I assign gender to words?
Replies: 10
Views: 2943

Re: How should I assign gender to words?

Not all verbs will I assign gender to. For example linking verbs like is or looks will not be assigned gender because they are used to link the subject to the action verb or to adjectives and adverbs. OK, firstly verbs don't have "gender", because that is a feature of nouns. They can agree with the...
by Frislander
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Quickie Thread
Replies: 2827
Views: 342463

Re: Sound Change Quickie Thread

Tropylium wrote:new maxim: all discussions of historical phonology eventually degenerate into being about either the PIE stop system or about the English vowel system (and, apparently, sometimes both).
Where is the lie?