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by Cathbad
Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:07 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: program vs. program/programme
Replies: 22
Views: 1425

Re: program vs. program/programme

Thinking about it, I do sometimes hear (maybe even say?) either with a schwa for the second vowel. But that's still not a distinction. Thinking hard about it, I think my mother's family say 'programme' with a schwa, and I've heard other people use a schwa in 'program' too. Yes, I noticed a varying ...
by Cathbad
Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The dream thread
Replies: 1807
Views: 130153

Re: The dream thread

Dreamt of eating food. Again. That must be the third time in a week or something. :? As opposed to dreaming of eating non-food? No, as opposed to not dreaming of eating food. :P (Okay, I could have just said eating , but it seemed that the food was actually quite an important part of the dream, sin...
by Cathbad
Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: program vs. program/programme
Replies: 22
Views: 1425

program vs. program/programme

Native English speakers: do you pronounce them differently? (The verb and the noun, I mean.)

I won't say why I'm interested because that would probably affect your responses.
by Cathbad
Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:19 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The dream thread
Replies: 1807
Views: 130153

Re: The dream thread

Dreamt of eating food. Again. That must be the third time in a week or something. :?
by Cathbad
Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Creativity of the day
Replies: 1704
Views: 143241

Re: Creativity of the day

Guitarplayer wrote:New photos.
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Can I wallpaper some of these? I think they're absolutely perfect for that role :)
by Cathbad
Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Let's hear what your conlang sounds like.
Replies: 38
Views: 8032

Re: Let's hear what your conlang sounds like.

The first and fourth sentences in the Gamia video sound very Arabic IMO. My brain wanted to interpret them as sth like: ‏*قماء... مرجيفة... ويمر مسّني (*gamāʔ.. marjīfa... waymir massanī...). Huh? No, not at all. :| It even sounds more Native American to me than Arabic. Best not to argue about impr...
by Cathbad
Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: "tsk tsk"
Replies: 16
Views: 1503

Re: "tsk tsk"

Beli Orao wrote:Where does this phrase come from? Does it go back to PIE? There is a cognate in South Slavic languages (c c [ts ts]).
But that's a click too. :| Actual [ts ts] sounds to me like someone trying to imitate bird chirping, very badly.
by Cathbad
Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Let's hear what your conlang sounds like.
Replies: 38
Views: 8032

Re: Let's hear what your conlang sounds like.

bornforwater wrote: ...Someone said it sounds like gaelic/arabic, but I dunno about that. :p
That it does. Arabic... not quite so sure. :P
by Cathbad
Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Gemination in triliteral languages
Replies: 9
Views: 876

Re: Gemination in triliteral languages

Nothing where that's the primary distinguishing feature. You do see productive C1 or C2 gemination in some languages, but always as the result of assimilation. For instance, the addition of the definite article *ha- in Hebrew generally causes gemination of the following consonant (C1), but that's j...
by Cathbad
Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:18 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Let's hear what your conlang sounds like.
Replies: 38
Views: 8032

Re: Let's hear what your conlang sounds like.

http://jonafras.conlang.org/wp-content/ ... xample.mp3

More on my blog; examples of sentences are spread rather randomly around the WOTD posts, but the dedicated enough will have no problem finding them. :wink:
by Cathbad
Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:00 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Accents
Replies: 76
Views: 4458

Re: Accents

Here in Denmark, most of the Danes I've heard speak English speak it with a very good accent, almost indistinguishable from many native speakers. Same in Sweden (but I didn't notice it as much, probably because I was there only for a few hours!). Likewise, though to a different degree, with the Slo...
by Cathbad
Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:47 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Lexicon Building
Replies: 4308
Views: 329223

Re: Lexicon Building

sano wrote: next: opportunely; coincidentally; as it happens
High Eolic: núnar "with luck, coincidentally"; from núna "success, victory; luck, coincidence".

Next: twins
by Cathbad
Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:36 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: French and Arabic indefinites
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

Re: French and Arabic indefinites

The other option is of course that the argument was something completely different, and that my teacher misremembered it (which would not be surprising).

I'll do a quick Google search later if I have time.
by Cathbad
Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: City layouts
Replies: 49
Views: 7313

Re: City layouts

Usually things are numbered from 1 upwards on one side and 2 upwards on the other side with odd & even on opposite sides (when streets break that particular pattern it gets very confusing), and the lowest number tends to be at the end closest to the town centre. But that's more of a general Europea...
by Cathbad
Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: City layouts
Replies: 49
Views: 7313

Re: City layouts

I think Finlay pretty much covered Edinburgh. I'd just say that I've always found it quite easy to navigate in it, at least in the center and south of it - you can pretty much always see the castle, or Corstorphine Hill, or the Pentlands, or the sea, or Arthur's Seat, or Calton Hill, or that big chi...
by Cathbad
Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: French and Arabic indefinites
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

Re: French and Arabic indefinites

Definitely bunk. So the lesson is: never trust a qualified teacher (decidedly not an academic) on matters of formal linguistics. :P Why don't you go ask him for evidence/references then? Never seen that mentioned, can't even imagine how that'd work. To be honest it wasn't actually him who made the ...
by Cathbad
Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: French and Arabic indefinites
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

Re: French and Arabic indefinites

Serafín wrote:Definitely bunk.
So the lesson is: never trust a qualified teacher (decidedly not an academic) on matters of formal linguistics. :P
by Cathbad
Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Any Czech learners/speakers here?
Replies: 19
Views: 1098

Re: Any Czech learners/speakers here?

My great-grandfather was Czech, and he used to bring me loads of Czech books when he visited - really random books about keeping tropical fish, etc. :? I didn't manage to learn any of the language from that though. I still have some of the books lying around at home I think, but I doubt they'd be of...
by Cathbad
Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: French and Arabic indefinites
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

French and Arabic indefinites

Our Arabic teacher today said he once attended a talk by a linguist (?) claiming that Arabic indefinite "nunated" endings have had an influence on the development of un/une in French. Is there any evidence for it either way? I'd instinctively distrust any such claims, but maybe there's some proper l...
by Cathbad
Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:22 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Rarity of the (post)alveolar/retroflex approximant
Replies: 24
Views: 5045

Re: Rarity of the (post)alveolar/retroflex approximant

Thanks for all the replies guys :) It seems coronal approximants aren't quite as rare as I thought they were, but I think it definitely holds true that rhotic approximants seem to be much rarer than semivowels, even though approximants are supposed to be easy to articulate. Azulene, I like your poi...
by Cathbad
Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Possession in Rawàng Ata
Replies: 8
Views: 1762

Re: Possession in Rawàng Ata

You probably won't like this question, but do you have links to any of the natlang resources that you drew on? Not because I'm claiming it's implausible, but because I want to see them :P (preferably PDFs if there are any...) As for your own work, I think it's awesome, especially the special male/f...
by Cathbad
Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Aleut morphosyntax: Cool shit, or COOLEST shit?
Replies: 13
Views: 1829

Re: Aleut morphosyntax: Cool shit, or COOLEST shit?

So is this "just" that the verb ending disambiguates w/r/t the number of a non-expressed argument? So number agreement on the verb isn't "fixed" to refer to a specific slot/argument, but is just understood to cover whatever's missing? (I'm sorry if this sounds a bit thick to all you MS-whizkids, but...
by Cathbad
Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: C&C Archive
Topic: Possession in Rawàng Ata
Replies: 8
Views: 1762

Re: Possession in Rawàng Ata

You probably won't like this question, but do you have links to any of the natlang resources that you drew on? Not because I'm claiming it's implausible, but because I want to see them :P (preferably PDFs if there are any...) As for your own work, I think it's awesome, especially the special male/fe...
by Cathbad
Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:17 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Prevalence of spelling reforms
Replies: 30
Views: 2626

Re: Prevalence of spelling reforms

Fanu wrote:
Cathbad wrote:EDIT: and I don't think it's just ç/c that does this.
Afaik all the stops do that.(?)
Yeah. E.g. dolap-ta vs. ev-de and so on. I can't think of any other stops occurring in suffixes though, although I'm sure there are some (at least k~g).
by Cathbad
Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:23 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Prevalence of spelling reforms
Replies: 30
Views: 2626

Re: Prevalence of spelling reforms

finlay wrote:Actually, it's just because i've seen bilingual dictionaries marked "Türkçe - İngilizce"
voicing assimilation: -CA suffix alternates both w/r/t harmony and voicing of preceding consonant, if any: Türkçe, ingilizce, Arapça, etc.

EDIT: and I don't think it's just ç/c that does this.