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by Dewrad
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Questions about inflected prepositions
Replies: 12
Views: 3194

Re: Questions about inflected prepositions

But how did they form? Why did people start sticking bits onto them? How did i start becoming iddo or iddi , for example? Or did it? If Welsh i comes from Proto-Celtic *de then maybe the inflections were always there and i just got shortened again and again? Literally, they're just from sequences o...
by Dewrad
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Questions about inflected prepositions
Replies: 12
Views: 3194

Re: Questions about inflected prepositions

Basically, my question is where do they come from? Or where can they come from? Using Welsh as the example, it has many inflected prepositions which I cannot find any etymological information for, only for the base form, i.e. the preposition i comes from Proto-Celtic *de ; o comes from Proto-Celtic...
by Dewrad
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Age, Leisure Work and Motivation
Replies: 24
Views: 4744

Re: Age, Leisure Work and Motivation

Yep, I totally feel you there man. Nine-ish years ago, I was twenty-five, at university and employed in what can only be called a casual manner. Back then, I managed to pull Proto-Western out of my ass over the course of about 24 hours, while stoned to fuck. Now, I have a "career", I'm thirty-four* ...
by Dewrad
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Internet slang dating: is IIRC a somehow aging abbreviation?
Replies: 26
Views: 3648

Re: Internet slang dating: is IIRC a somehow aging abbreviat

Circeus wrote:I had never considered this. It's true that I became a netizen well before the advent of social media as we know it today. Thinking on it, that probably explains my aversion to emojis...
"Netizen" is another dead giveaway.
by Dewrad
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Telpahke Scratchpad: Alignment - what the hell have I done?
Replies: 14
Views: 2147

Re: Telpahke Scratchpad: Alignment - what the hell have I do

I was aiming for the Indian subcontinent! :x Is that why 'fish' is mɛs , 'fire' is sat , 'cook' is pak , and 'sleep' is tol ? (Okay, I'll admit that 'sleep' is probably a stretch at best; I'm thinking of [ˈt̪uːŋgɯ] in Tamil). The parent language forms of those words are wasi , cʰāḍa , bʰāk- and dʰō...
by Dewrad
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Telpahke Scratchpad: Alignment - what the hell have I done?
Replies: 14
Views: 2147

Re: Telpahke Scratchpad: Alignment - what the hell have I do

Thanks for commenting guys, as always the feedback here is thought-provoking and helps me to clarify my thinking. :) - Austronesian vs Philippine - what conlangers typically talk of as "Austronesian alignment" is actually more precisely known as Philippine-type alignment. Philippine alignment, as th...
by Dewrad
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Telpahke Scratchpad: Alignment - what the hell have I done?
Replies: 14
Views: 2147

Re: Telpahke Scratchpad: Alignment - what the hell have I do

I was aiming for the Indian subcontinent! :x

But yeah, transitive verbs- it's basically Austronesian-lite without instrumental or benefactive voices. It's the intransitive verbs that make the classification as "Austronesian" more of a difficulty.
by Dewrad
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Telpahke Scratchpad: Alignment - what the hell have I done?
Replies: 14
Views: 2147

Telpahke Scratchpad: Alignment - what the hell have I done?

I've been working on a language called Telpahke, which has some weird stuff going on with its morphosyntactic alignment. I'm pleased with the resulting system, but I'm having difficulty in analysing what I've come up with here and giving names to the relevant cases and voices. The noun has three cas...
by Dewrad
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Two questions about Welsh
Replies: 3
Views: 1011

Re: Two questions about Welsh

alice wrote:1. Does /f/ have any sources other than loanwords and aspirate mutation of /p/?
At least two other sources:

Proto-Celtic *sφ (< PIE *sp) ffêr < *sφerā
Proto-Celtic initial *s before before *r ffroen < *srognā
2. How well would it work without mutations?
Hm. Not all that badly, I think.
by Dewrad
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: British Sitcoms
Replies: 35
Views: 5651

Re: British Sitcoms

My god, this thread is a total trip down memory lane for me. I remember most of the British sitcoms of the 80s, 90s and early 00s. Surprised there's been no mention of Rab C Nesbitt or The League of Gentlemen . The former I only watched to practice my Scottish accent comprehension and the latter is...
by Dewrad
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: British Sitcoms
Replies: 35
Views: 5651

Re: British Sitcoms

My god, this thread is a total trip down memory lane for me. I remember most of the British sitcoms of the 80s, 90s and early 00s. Surprised there's been no mention of Rab C Nesbitt or The League of Gentlemen . On the other hand, the early-to-mid 90s had a veritable slew of minor sitcoms that only l...
by Dewrad
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Why does Lat. /ka'tena/ > N. It. /kad'æŋna/?
Replies: 14
Views: 2311

Re: Why does Lat. /ka'tena/ > N. It. /kad'æŋna/?

8) Cheers! Embarrassingly, I didn't think to consult that chapter:I was just scouring chapter 16...

(Not going to lie, it is the most satisfying £100 I have ever spent in my life.)
by Dewrad
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Why does Lat. /ka'tena/ > N. It. /kad'æŋna/?
Replies: 14
Views: 2311

Re: Why does Lat. /ka'tena/ > N. It. /kad'æŋna/?

/n/ > /ŋ/ in all syllable codas/preconsonantally, resulting in forms like /ʒɛŋt/ < /ʒɛnt/ - in a number of varieties in Northern Italy /n/ > /ŋ/ intervocalically via an intermediate stage of /ŋn/ - it only mentioned this as happening in Piedmontese, but it seems from this map it occurred elsewhere,...
by Dewrad
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Almea
Topic: Cadhinorian Religion
Replies: 20
Views: 7233

Re: Cadhinorian Religion

I enjoyed this greatly. I always thought that the Cadhinorian page was the weakest of the religion pages, and this is far more internally consistent and logical. Zomp, you mention boys going through ordeals as part of the nacuis- one of them being piercing of the foreskin. I thought Almean humans di...
by Dewrad
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Is Basque really weird?
Replies: 33
Views: 4926

Re: Is Basque really weird?

kuroda wrote:As someone who's never worked with Western European languages at all,
I am intrigued as to how you have managed this. Please, do explain.

(Pretentious, ni?)
by Dewrad
Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: New languages
Replies: 11
Views: 6358

Re: New languages

So Haleza Grise wrote:Personally if there's a new Eastern language I'd like to see, it's probably Sarroc. I like the idea of it being close to Verdurian but also separate from it...
Seconded!
by Dewrad
Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:20 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Discrimination (from garden path thread and elsewhere)
Replies: 143
Views: 24976

Re: Discrimination (from garden path thread)

The problem with restricting freedom of speech for racists, sexists, homophobes, and like, is that if we impose laws doing so, it weakens the path of resistance for laws restricting freedom of speech for other groups the government does not like. Eeeh, I dunno. I think we've done OK with that here ...
by Dewrad
Sun Jul 03, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Presentation in Uni about Dravean
Replies: 12
Views: 2810

Re: Presentation in Uni about Dravean

You're welcome, by the way :|
by Dewrad
Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Presentation in Uni about Dravean
Replies: 12
Views: 2810

Re: Presentation in Uni about Dravean

Tan saloit, Florine! O jèu san el Dewrad, crajadro dela lènga draveana. I'm happy to answer your questions about Dravian: I've sent you a PM with my personal email address if you want any further information (like who I am, my linguistic and professional background etc). 1. How artificial or natural...
by Dewrad
Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Tagorese - request for comment
Replies: 12
Views: 2393

Re: Tagorese - request for comment

These people really have a rich culture judging from the example sentences. Here are some thoughts of the grammar from me. The grammatical description stops right when you start to get deeper into dependent clauses. I think this is an obvious place to continue writing. gach, thank you, these are al...
by Dewrad
Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Tagorese - request for comment
Replies: 12
Views: 2393

Tagorese - request for comment

I've been working on and off on a language called Tagorese for a while now, but I've kind of stalled. I'd appreciate any thoughts you guys might have on the (incomplete!) description of the language's grammar, which might give me a bit of a kick up the backside to get back to work on it. Some highli...
by Dewrad
Tue May 24, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Discrimination (from garden path thread and elsewhere)
Replies: 143
Views: 24976

Re: Discrimination (from garden path thread)

Dude, genital mutilation is wrong. It's not oppressive Western colonialism to say it's wrong. This is not a controversial issue. And it's not because of some nebulous determination of who the "bad guys" are. Glad to see that we agree that genital mutilation is wrong. But why on earth is that not at...
by Dewrad
Mon May 09, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Questions about Welsh
Replies: 308
Views: 32858

Re: Questions about Welsh

It's just "man".
by Dewrad
Mon May 09, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What foreign language have you dedicated the most effort to
Replies: 57
Views: 8349

Re: What foreign language have you dedicated the most effort

Object pronouns aren't introduced until year 8 (12-13 years old), by which time they've encountered the full range of subject pronouns and (supposedly!) aren't going to be nonplussed by this.
by Dewrad
Sun May 08, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: The Smug Cuzeians
Replies: 7
Views: 4701

Re: The Smug Cuzeians

(Actually, while I'm at it, this has been bugging me since I first read the Cuêzi grammar: the Cuêzi letter transliterated as x , indicating /x/, has a bar over it indicating that it's voiced. Given that the sound derives from Proto-Eastern *ɣ, was it still a voiced /ɣ/ when the alphabet was formula...