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by R.Rusanov
Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:04 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

I like to think they had semi-permanent settlements in the summer where they grew crops in enclosures (*greh₃dos) while packing up in the winter, possibly just the men, to bring the cattle to the uplands to fatten

or maybe the reverse of that, I forget when cattle are supposed to fatten
by R.Rusanov
Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Slavic male names in -a
Replies: 9
Views: 1787

Re: Slavic male names in -a

It could be that the form Mergnanus was transcribed by a speaker of Venetian or some other romance dialect that wrote <gn> for [ɲ]. Then the pronunciation would probably be something like [mərɲanu]*, which could come from Marianus with j > ɲ before a nasal... * the schwa in the first syllable is cor...
by R.Rusanov
Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Weird-ass Idioms
Replies: 49
Views: 5307

Re: Weird-ass Idioms

Speak for yourself, Xhosa phrasesmiths.
by R.Rusanov
Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Help your conlang fluency (2)
Replies: 6633
Views: 64341

Re: Help your conlang fluency

Bäncä ûcâm.
[pænt͡ʃǽ u:t͡ʃá:m]
I reckon I'll sleep.
by R.Rusanov
Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:49 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Quickie Thread
Replies: 2827
Views: 288008

Re: Sound Change Quickie Thread

What are some plausible systems for /s θ ʃ/ to decay to, over time? Which of them is most likely to shift to [x]?
by R.Rusanov
Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread
Replies: 3108
Views: 221618

Re: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread

That doesn't surprise me on account of English voicing is primarily reflected by length bleeding onto the surrounding sounds, a lack of aspiration, and some kind of growl or breathy voice, I'm not sure which. Like vocal fry but not quite as distinct. It's not pure voicing by any stretch of the means.
by R.Rusanov
Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

If you look at the attested Thracian lexicon it's very clear that there is close lexical similarity with Balto-Slavic, including roots that are shared exclusively with Latvian or Lithuanian, per M.L. West, Duridanov, et al.

(Dacian too)
by R.Rusanov
Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 394549

Re: Romanization challenge thread

Ꙋаі ѡл ꙉъ Гҏик летъҏз ѣнд даіъкҏьтьѯ? On account of I know them all and can produce them? It's a scribal thing to save time, like medieval writing. The diacritics especially cut down on the characters necessary for completion: an overdot for palatalization or [j], a breve for labialization or [w], ...
by R.Rusanov
Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:13 am
Forum: L&L Museum
Topic: Vowel Systems
Replies: 109
Views: 51154

Re: Vowel Systems

What's so cray cray about German vowels?
by R.Rusanov
Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:41 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Thracian and Balto-Slavic were definitely related; if Albanian comes from a Thracic or Dacic predecessor, instead of Illyrian (which is closer to Italic), it's certainly possible for a closer relationship to exist. Cursorially looking at the roots you copied, kasla (cough) looks a lot like kashlya, ...
by R.Rusanov
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:02 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 394549

Re: Romanization challenge thread

Ѳ̢ьс ьз ѳ̢ъ скρьпт ȧ џεнъρълi ȷĭз ѡънεвъρ ȧм ρȧυьҥ Ьҥгльш бȧ хѣнд бът дŏн ѡåн пiпъ̆ тъ ъ̃υъρстѣнд ѡåυ ȧ ρŏт. Ьц̑ моρ оρ лεс фънευьк, ьн ъ ѡė.

(Months ago we had a discussion in this thread on cyrillicizing English; I actually started using it in real life)

http://i.imgur.com/Fv0dS07.jpg
by R.Rusanov
Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Help your conlang fluency (2)
Replies: 6633
Views: 64341

Re: Help your conlang fluency

Ei t'ôm, môch sû no m'ômech, elûc Oshain u'ômech. An he e giushaish?
I love you, but you don't love me, (instead) you love Ursinus. Where is the justice in this?

Un giûc ôc shi he?
Is this a joke to you?
by R.Rusanov
Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:41 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

or a: > ɑː, o: > oa, followed by ɑː > o(:) and oa > a(:)
by R.Rusanov
Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:33 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Ercunich Scratchpad [feat. expanded verb paradigm]
Replies: 24
Views: 2455

Re: Ercunich Scratchpad [feat. expanded verb paradigm]

all perfect sound changes, no analogy? I'd imagine at least a few of those declensions and conjugations would fall together, unless it's an artlang
by R.Rusanov
Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Game
Replies: 2673
Views: 213585

Re: Sound Change Game

Ercunich con [kon] → Balaeric huar [xwarə]
Ercunich tane [tane] → Balaeric thên [θe:n]
Ercunich ta [ta] → Balaeric thoa [θo̯a]
Ercunich en [en] → Balaeric iar [yærə]
by R.Rusanov
Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Help your conlang fluency (2)
Replies: 6633
Views: 64341

Re: Help your conlang fluency

E'chêren falh, pomllâu t-eum. Mie su n'glie.
My dear daughter, I love you most. But you don't know.

U'chêirin fulh...
My dear son...
by R.Rusanov
Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

Ringe, A History of English, Volume I: From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic (Oxford University Press, 2006)
by R.Rusanov
Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

If *h3 wasn't labialized, this may mean that *o perhaps originally wasn't rounded. I've been running under the assumption that h₃ coloured *e (originally only [ə], but later colouring [e] analogically) into [ʌ], and that by the time Szemerényi's Law occured, *o had gone from [ə:] to [ʌ(:)], with le...
by R.Rusanov
Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

... have you heard of Arabic?
by R.Rusanov
Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

I thought eghom was originally a verb meaning smt like "I do" or "I stand". Cognate to agere and agitate.
by R.Rusanov
Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 180481

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

I reckon PIE had a lot of cases which collapsed into just a few in each branch, but with different endings contributing (if that makes sense).

Like bhagomos and bhagoyos might have been allative and essive or smt and one branch may have taken the one for its case and the other, the other.
by R.Rusanov
Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Innovative Usage Thread
Replies: 2452
Views: 176185

Re: The Innovative Usage Thread

People around here are devoicing medial stops and codas: <edin gvozdey> [ɛtín gvósdej]
by R.Rusanov
Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Lexical ultra-conservatism
Replies: 53
Views: 7347

Re: Lexical ultra-conservatism

...Lakota šúŋka...
Any Lakotans coming up to Bulgaria would be quite shocked, maybe, to hear we regularly eat shunka (meaning sausage)
by R.Rusanov
Sat Jul 26, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Sound Change Quickie Thread
Replies: 2827
Views: 288008

Re: Sound Change Quickie Thread

Click wrote: I know regressive assimilations are more common, but is it plausible for a nasal to assimilate in place to an obstruent on its left, as in [tm] → [tn]?
Danish had Copenhagen > Koebmhaun so I would say it can happen.
by R.Rusanov
Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Romanization challenge thread
Replies: 3842
Views: 394549

Re: Romanization challenge thread

I think the IPA is the best transcription for that language. Coz the only people that learn it are linguists (that know the IPA) and people marrying into the community (who'll pick it up by speech anyway). Everyone in Chechnya speaks Russian already and I don't accept the argument of Selivanov et al...