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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:10 am 
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The richness of 1400 years of written language to draw upon! The redundant marking of prepositions in dependent clauses (e.g. I want to ride the car that you rode in it). /ʕ/ , /q/ , and /ɣ/ are such beautiful sounds.

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The richness of 1400 years of written history and the freedom of authors to draw upon any period of that according to their fancy. The divergency between the "dialects" (I'm best in Moroccan Arabic, which leaks out whenever I speak Egyptian Arabic to non-Maghrebi Arabs).


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Verb two word order in independent clauses and verb last word order in subordinate clauses in Germanic languages.

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Memorising gender assignment in languages and how some languages (looking sternly at you German) reuse so many endings. I sometimes wonder if it would be easier to keep them straight if they had more.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:27 pm 
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Since my Welsh classes have started back up I've remembered something else I dislike about it:

I really don't like the northern-dialect's vowel /ɨ̞/, which is just an absolutely f-ing ugly sound. I much prefer the southern /i/.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:24 pm 
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I can easily tell you my least favorite parts of natural languages.

Having multiple declension and conjugation classes. I mean, why have -ar, -er, and -ir endings when you could just have -ar? At the very least just merge the -er and -ir endings since the only difference is the nosotros ending.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:09 pm 
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I'm not sure what my favorite or least favorite features from natural languages are, but I think I have a love-hate relationship with Malagasy orthography. I find it hard to figure out how I'm supposed to pronounce anything because it feels to me as if every single word can be collapsed into one syllable (however wrong I may be about that), but that's exactly what makes it so much fun to read song lyrics in Malagasy and sing along. :D


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 5:29 pm 
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It's like that in the standard, in Merina, like what we get taught. But it depends on the region; other parts of Madagascar as well as the Malagasy-speaking villages of Mayotte pronounce every syllable (or else they take out different syllables).


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