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by R.Rusanov
Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Member Countries and Known Languages
Replies: 130
Views: 24555

Re: Member Countries and Known Languages

Learn Chechen, Georgian, and Turkish if you want to work for the state department. Or Ossete, Abkhaz, and Russian, if you want to work for the Russian state department. Mixing and matching is not recommended
by R.Rusanov
Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Guess the Language, anyone?
Replies: 1352
Views: 90579

Re: Guess the Language, anyone?

North Papuan?
by R.Rusanov
Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:39 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Guess the Language, anyone?
Replies: 1352
Views: 90579

Re: Guess the Language, anyone?

Dzugong thibetan
by R.Rusanov
Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Oscan Reconstruction
Replies: 66
Views: 18392

Re: Oscan Reconstruction

Looks like you're just taking what the two researchers wrote then guessing at the rest.

To present this as an objective reconstruction is fairly misleading.
by R.Rusanov
Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: "Some/this man came up to me and said..."
Replies: 28
Views: 2309

Re: "Some/this man came up to me and said..."

In Finnish English "t." or "regards" is used similarly.
by R.Rusanov
Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Guess the Language, anyone?
Replies: 1352
Views: 90579

Re: Guess the Language, anyone?

Looks like hiw to me.
by R.Rusanov
Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Non-Tolkienian fantasy
Replies: 61
Views: 9787

Re: Non-Tolkienian fantasy

Gotta second Project Gutenberg. I'm halfway through Don Rodriguez there at this very moment. It's AWESOME! You could say Dunsany was years ahead of his time, because of the amazing way he addresses his audience and his incredible insight into the human condition. I believe rather that the past few d...
by R.Rusanov
Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Help your conlang fluency (2)
Replies: 6633
Views: 64340

Re: Help your conlang fluency

I'nomenas Kathandir. Zor Muxtanek, e yär da Chozéd. Vahchimer, at'tha na-famoz chiftat :)
My name is Constantine. I am a Mauretanian, from Caesaria. Truly, it's a beautiful city!

I'vor bír.
I like beer.

Al an'nominas Asir, i'navoral.
That man is named Orsino. I don't like him.
by R.Rusanov
Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Pragmatics for requests and other things
Replies: 14
Views: 1892

Re: Pragmatics for requests and other things

This is more lack of assertiveness within the speaker than a cross-linguistic difference, imo. Of course there is a social component, but unless you're a follower of Sapir-Whorf you probably should not posit a link between the two.
by R.Rusanov
Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:19 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Tolkienian fantasy
Replies: 21
Views: 4961

Re: Tolkienian fantasy

Dunsany, Lovecraft, maybe Kipling
by R.Rusanov
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:32 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: A question about sound change
Replies: 15
Views: 1906

Re: A question about sound change

This is like, 50% of all sound changes, diachronically. Frankly I'm shocked it's anything new to you, theta.
by R.Rusanov
Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Guess the Language, anyone?
Replies: 1352
Views: 90579

Re: Guess the Language, anyone?

It's probably Proto-Guinean, or Old-Guinean at the latest.
by R.Rusanov
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Other linguistic treadmills?
Replies: 37
Views: 4221

Re: Other linguistic treadmills?

It has happened. Even more specifically, it has happened in your people's history. That doesn't mean it *happens*.

You cannot conclude "X > Y but Y >! X" from a single example of X > Y.
by R.Rusanov
Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Does This Happen in Your Part of the World?
Replies: 11
Views: 1738

Re: Does This Happen in Your Part of the World?

In Bulgarian reciprocal kinship terms are used. I.e. a grandchild calling his grandpa "dyado" and having himself called the same by his grandfather.
by R.Rusanov
Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Slavic male names in -a
Replies: 9
Views: 1787

Re: Slavic male names in -a

In native Slavic, most masculine -a names are dimunitives, like OCS Владица < Владимеръ (Voldika < Voldimerŭ). However, there are names of the form ROOT + ota, like Polish Prądota, Bulgarian Dobrota, Serbian Vukota. There are also a great number of names formed by ROOT + thematic vowel + nja, such a...
by R.Rusanov
Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:55 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Non-Tolkienian fantasy
Replies: 61
Views: 9787

Re: Non-Tolkienian fantasy

I like Dunsany. He's a master of his art...
by R.Rusanov
Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: If natlangs were conlangs...
Replies: 120
Views: 14216

Re: If natlangs were conlangs...

Length came from iota contraction in unstressed syllables and yer loss, primarily. It was also left behind in cases when the original stress fell on a non initial syllable, afaik. This secondary length phenomenon bears no relation to original PIE length, either.
by R.Rusanov
Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Other linguistic treadmills?
Replies: 37
Views: 4221

Re: Other linguistic treadmills?

Almost any sound change can act in a non-stereotypical fashion if its source is not the thing it's becoming. So, say, palatalization from following iota will rarely delete itself, but compare: ikóna > kʲona > köna. Or nasalization from VN will usually avoid transposing back to VN (exception: polish,...
by R.Rusanov
Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:35 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 394545

Re: Romanization challenge thread

piɕkowa
lol, pickowa...

only slavs will get why this is funny
by R.Rusanov
Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:21 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

KathAveara wrote:I thought it was very probable that /o/ (and therefore, also /h3/ ) was not rounded, given that /u/ delabialises velars but /o/ does not.
And in slavic /i/ palatalizes following velars but /e/ does not. Q.E.D. /e/ must have been non-front *rolls eyes*
by R.Rusanov
Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:21 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

KathAveara wrote:I thought it was very probable that /o/ (and therefore, also /h3/ ) was not rounded, given that /u/ delabialises velars but /o/ does not.
And in slavic /i/ palatalizes following velars but /e/ does not. Q.E.D. /e/ must have been non-front *rolls eyes*
by R.Rusanov
Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Lehmann sounds as mad as the nostraticists, then.
by R.Rusanov
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:21 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Languages of Tenni
Replies: 20
Views: 2299

Re: Languages of Tenni

It reminds me of Finnish.
by R.Rusanov
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:06 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Quickie Thread
Replies: 2827
Views: 288007

Re: Sound Change Quickie Thread

Yea, definitely. Especially if [o] is perceived as /ʷo/, and , if it exists, likewise, maybe in contrast to [ə] /o/ or [e] /ʲe/.

You could even have
[a e i o u] /a ʲə ʲɨ ʷə ʷɨ/

I believe something of the sort happened in Alan/Ossetian, at least historically.
by R.Rusanov
Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:24 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Weird phrases from real languages
Replies: 323
Views: 117436

Re: Weird phrases from real languages

baradsonoron wrote:From Romanian:

Oaia aia e a ei.
That's her sheep.
From "ovia illa est ad ea" or smt similar, right?