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by vec
Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: Kebreni orthography
Replies: 4
Views: 2709

Re: Kebreni orthography

Chengjiang wrote:(I've always quite liked Kebreni, by the way. Delightfully odd language whose parts fit together well.)
Kebreni is my favorite conlang ever.
by vec
Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Himba color naming
Replies: 38
Views: 3833

Re: Himba color naming

I guess I misunderstood the point being made about the Himba. I think color words fall into categories of basic and special. Wheras an Icelander born around 1960 or later will consider appelsínugulur a basic color term, older people won't; for them it's a special color term, used only in cases where...
by vec
Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Himba color naming
Replies: 38
Views: 3833

Re: Himba color naming

I mean, I think there's something to it though. Icelandic didn't gain a word for "orange" until the mid-century and my grandparents will typically call things that I would call appelsínugulur either gulur "yellow" or rauður "red". Carrots are called gulrætur "yellow roots" and egg yolks are eggjarau...
by vec
Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 304296

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, s

Here's me about two months ago:

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by vec
Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB Census 2013
Replies: 221
Views: 30711

Re: ZBB Census 2013

by vec
Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB Census 2016
Replies: 127
Views: 17172

Re: ZBB Census 2016

Basics Username: vec Name: Kári Other nicknames (including good stories, if you have any): vegfarandi Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland Place of residence: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Graphic Designer at Audible Pets (+5 extra credit if you provide photographic evidence): No Identity Gender: Male S...
by vec
Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: "Inflection" meaning intonation
Replies: 8
Views: 991

"Inflection" meaning intonation

Most non-language geeks, and even some English professors use the word "inflection" to mean intonation: "There was something about his inflection that troubled me." I absolutely hate when people do this, but I'm willing to be convinced that these people are not stupid, if there is an argument in fav...
by vec
Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Clitics and inflections (from one-syllable words thread)
Replies: 15
Views: 1418

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

That's because the verbal clitics are clitics, whereas the negative "clitics" aren't clitics. I was offering better evidence that the verbal clitics were clitics. Your argument to show that they aren't inflections aren't convincing; why can't inflections be added to phrases? If something attaches t...
by vec
Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Units of Measurement
Replies: 25
Views: 4998

Re: Units of Measurement

Dreris does not have this magnetic field Earth does, thus they do not have north/south/east/west. Instead, they have 'adrá', which is a point in the very centre of the two main continents. Cardinal directions can be defined in other ways than magnetism. Even before magnetism was discovered, ancient...
by vec
Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: How should I categorize it? Morpholoically or semantically?
Replies: 3
Views: 3478

Re: How should I categorize it? Morpholoically or semantical

In highly synthetic languages, I tend to separate out morphology and syntax and put all usage rules in syntax, but in highly analytical ones, I combine the two under morphosyntax. If your language has multiple moods, you may want to roughly divide them by semantics before going into specific moods. ...
by vec
Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Alternatives to prepositions
Replies: 13
Views: 2276

Re: Alternatives to prepositions

Yeah, sorry, not the best example maybe. The subordination would be apparent in other sentences. But that yes, is a type of a serial verb construction either way.
by vec
Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Alternatives to prepositions
Replies: 13
Views: 2276

Re: Alternatives to prepositions

Verbs. +1 Locative verbs, relative verbs, etc. Also just regular verbs, but subordinated, either syntactically or morphologically. Consider the following made up examples: I was fired blame John "I was fired because of John" (subordinated syntactically) I was fired blaming John "I was fired because...
by vec
Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: A new approach to modelling vowel space???
Replies: 19
Views: 2986

Re: A new approach to modelling vowel space???

Thanks! The book turns out to be in Iceland so I can't get to it now.

Was it Proto-Norse or Old Icelandic that went through a phase of no /o/?
by vec
Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:14 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: A new approach to modelling vowel space???
Replies: 19
Views: 2986

Re: A new approach to modelling vowel space???

A serious theory I've seen along these lines (though I do not have a reference offhand, sorry) similarly accepts only three main components of vowel timbre: I, A and U. However, instead of assigning values for each separately, it ends up positing that a vowel can have one or more secondary timbre i...
by vec
Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Alternatives to prepositions
Replies: 13
Views: 2276

Re: Alternatives to prepositions

Verbs.
by vec
Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: What's the importance of complement and relative clauses?
Replies: 2
Views: 1059

Re: What's the importance of complement and relative clauses

I don't like the one who sleeps and I don't like the sleeping one are roughly equivalent, relative/participial, respectively.
by vec
Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Almea
Topic: Skourene Bsopa
Replies: 3
Views: 3270

Re: Skourene Bsopa

While it's true most European languages use the Eskimo kinship system I wanna say a few of them don't. Icelandic uses an Eskimo variant that conflates cousins with aunts and uncles, but I feel like there are more "exotic" systems in user elsewhere. Anyone know more about this?
by vec
Thu May 21, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other
Replies: 20
Views: 2780

Re: More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other

Icelandic has /ʏ/ and /œ/ but no /y/. When /œ/ is long it's kind of like /øœː/. I think Faroese only has /y/ in loanwords. So there's plenty of precedents probably.
by vec
Mon May 18, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other
Replies: 20
Views: 2780

Re: More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other

a falling tone cannot follow a high tone I think you mean a low tone. Yes indeed. I've completely rewritten the description of the tones in the Google Doc. Question – does anyone have a pdf of a grammar of an inflectional strict-CV language lying around? I'm having a tough time getting to a satisfy...
by vec
Sun May 17, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other
Replies: 20
Views: 2780

Re: More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other

Before I get into nominal morphology, here are some updates on sounds: I decided to ditch the unvoiced uvular trill for a /ʋ/. There are five tones, tentative diacritics below: Low: ă Mid: a High: ā Rising: á Falling: à The rising and falling tones are relative to the previous tone, but the tonal le...
by vec
Sat May 16, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other
Replies: 20
Views: 2780

Re: More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other

I've decided to keep working in a Google Doc. Anyone is free to have a look at the in-progress grammar: LINK TO GOOGLE DOC I'll be posting status reports here. ————— One thing I do have to report is that I have decided to go with a five tone system (low, mid, high, rising, falling) and a strict (C)V...
by vec
Sat May 16, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other
Replies: 20
Views: 2780

Re: More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other

To summarize the typological specs I have set for myself: 34 or more consonants 9 or more vowels Plosives: no voicing, fricatives: voicing No /p/ or /g/ Uvular continuants Glotallized resonants No laterals Front rounded vowels Either CV or something else No bilabials Pharyngeals So, what to do about...
by vec
Sat May 16, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other
Replies: 20
Views: 2780

More autoconlanging, this time: A Conlang Like No Other

From the creator of the avrelang , the most average language ever. I want to challenge myself to create a language unlike all others I've created. A language featuring as few features that I have up to this point used as I can. Again, I'm going to be using WALS.INFO for reference but this time not g...
by vec
Sat May 16, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: the mechanics of serial verbs vs prepositions?
Replies: 9
Views: 1299

Re: the mechanics of serial verbs vs prepositions?

Not all SVC languages have ECM type SVC. Many, like Chinese, will interpret the subject as referring to both verbs: I saw girl enter room where I is the subject of saw and enter , That isn't the case. Most verbs, including "see", are ECM in Chinese. May I see where you read that? Finally, an import...
by vec
Fri May 15, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: the mechanics of serial verbs vs prepositions?
Replies: 9
Views: 1299

Re: the mechanics of serial verbs vs prepositions?

There are infinite numbers of possible schemes for serial verb constructions (SVC). First of all it's important to understand not all SVC are born equal. The most basic type is called nuclear SVC (nSVC) which involves two equally meaningful verbs concatenated. English has this for a few very restric...