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by Avo
Fri 30 Jun 2017, 14:37
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: German Gay Marriage Law & Resulting Discussion [split]
Replies: 101
Views: 9879

German Gay Marriage Law & Resulting Discussion [split]

A campaigning move of the German Social Democrat Party (the junior partner in the governing coalition) a week ago suddenly lead to the German Parliament approving a law that will allow Gay Marriage ("Marriage for All" as it's called here). It was long overdue and aggressively blocked by Merkel's Chr...
by Avo
Tue 11 Apr 2017, 10:38
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 558723

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

I'm working on a Slavic conlang and it's frustrating as hell, especially the diachronic part. Proto-Slavic was one complicated language and my rusty knowledge of Slavic languages is limited to random shit I picked up from the big Yugoslav community back at my school. So far I hated everything I came...
by Avo
Sun 05 Mar 2017, 22:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6727
Views: 567948

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

So could you say that English (spoken English, at least) is like the French of West Germanic? Agreeing with Salmoneus' post, I think that's a fair comparison. I'm a native speaker of both German and Italian and from my perspective I would say that Continental West Germanic languages are similar to ...
by Avo
Sat 11 Feb 2017, 17:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 558723

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

DesEsseintes wrote:
Edda wrote:Góinn, Móinn, Grafvitnr, Grafvölluðr, etc.

All right, that's it! My next conlang is going to be a polysynthetic NA lang with an Old Icelandic phonology and aesthetic!
This is something I didn't know I always wanted to see until just now
by Avo
Wed 08 Feb 2017, 03:16
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Sardinian & African Romance [split]
Replies: 22
Views: 2748

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Oh boy what have I started. First of all: I never said or meant that Sardinian has nothing particularly interesting going on. Also, Sardinian is in some ways the odd one out (at least in my understanding of that phrase), in that it does have some developments that are different from any other Romanc...
by Avo
Tue 07 Feb 2017, 22:29
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Sardinian & African Romance [split]
Replies: 22
Views: 2748

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I am reading Grandgent's introduction to vulgar latin and have learned from it that apparently African Latin was the most free with its word formation. Now, I've already started my semi agglutinating romlang (I was sure that it would always be South Romance anyway) and committed to this idea, but g...
by Avo
Tue 07 Feb 2017, 19:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Sardinian & African Romance [split]
Replies: 22
Views: 2748

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I am reading Grandgent's introduction to vulgar latin and have learned from it that apparently African Latin was the most free with its word formation. Now, I've already started my semi agglutinating romlang (I was sure that it would always be South Romance anyway) and committed to this idea, but g...
by Avo
Sun 22 Jan 2017, 18:55
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: pic of the day...
Replies: 617
Views: 60890

Re: pic of the day...

lsd wrote:
Spoiler:
Image
What a bed is, depends on your weltanschauung...
According to my world view that's a car ad
by Avo
Mon 16 Jan 2017, 13:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11183
Views: 766306

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I keep going through pretty much all of the conlang material I amassed over the years and it's fun and surprisingly inspirational. I've also undusted Hoavi, my oldest conlang still "in operation" and actually managed to solve some problems that made me stop working on it some time back. In a weird c...
by Avo
Fri 30 Dec 2016, 17:29
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 558723

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

I went to my home city in Hesse over Christmas and noticed once again how interesting the local toponyms are. I've always been wondering about some particular villages' names and just remembered looking up the origin of the village of Pohl-Göns . There are other nearby villages named something-Göns ...
by Avo
Thu 22 Dec 2016, 18:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Linguistic pet peeves
Replies: 338
Views: 45671

Re: Linguistic pet peeves

Why does everyone always seem to forget Central German? That's one of my linguistic pet peeves. Even Germans tend overlook Central German(y) all the time (the fact that in everyday use, mitteldeutsch usually only refers to the states of Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony doesn't help). Modern Stand...
by Avo
Fri 28 Oct 2016, 11:32
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 558723

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

Some Central Franconian dialects are so English-y. They have [ɻ] for German /r/ (and intervocalic German /t d/ often are /r/ in these dialects aswell), use tun "to do" as auxiliary a lot, I've even heard [heː] being used as third person male pronoun. This isn't news to me but I'm yet again baffled b...
by Avo
Wed 05 Oct 2016, 10:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6727
Views: 567948

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I know some Northeast Caucasian languages that switched consonants in certain roots, like C 1 VC 2 > C 2 VC 1 . I also remember reading about a similar sound change in some Siouan languages, switching vowels: CV 1 CV 2 > CV 2 CV 1 . I'm guessing these sound changes are not unconditional, but I don't...
by Avo
Wed 05 Oct 2016, 09:55
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 558723

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

It is my birthday today. Yay. I am now 21 years old. I can drink beer now. Except I don't like alcohol so whatever. I'm 32, and still don't like alcohol. Don't worry about it at all. Besides, booze is expensive. Thank God I live in Germany, where the beer is good and cheaper than bottled water or s...
by Avo
Fri 09 Sep 2016, 22:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6727
Views: 567948

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

This is done regularly with foreign names in Latvian: Fransuā Olands, Mišela Obama, Džeimss Bonds.
by Avo
Mon 05 Sep 2016, 04:43
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: What is the Spezia-Rimini line?
Replies: 6
Views: 1335

Re: What is the Spezia-Rimini line?

The La Spezia-Rimini line is not to be ignored. East of this line, all Romance languages form their plurals by vowel change, because the final -s was dropped very early. West of this line, plurals were formed by adding an -s, as it wasn't dropped there until much later. If you want to ‘completely i...
by Avo
Mon 23 May 2016, 20:52
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Let's make a summary of the main language families
Replies: 41
Views: 5671

Re: Let's make a summary of the main language families

These "summaries" have so many problems that I don't even know where to start. /edit: I was in a hurry earlier and felt bad for just leaving this one-liner, so I wanted to get back to it. But I literally don't know where to start. Your summaries ("Language family: Features X, Y and Z" hardly qualifi...
by Avo
Thu 31 Mar 2016, 14:02
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Language practice thread
Replies: 6160
Views: 420145

Re: Language practice thread

من هیچ سگ دارم
Man hič sag dāram.
I have no dog.
by Avo
Sun 27 Mar 2016, 15:59
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 558723

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

I just randomly stumbled over a book on Kartvelian languages in my department's library, at least in the online index. It's not just a book on Kartvelian, it's the book I was looking for everywhere. I checked the linguistics department, the main university library, but not my department. I won't bel...
by Avo
Fri 11 Mar 2016, 15:41
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Demystifying the Caucasus
Replies: 22
Views: 3136

Re: Demystifying the Caucasus

Population genetics do point to a Mesopotamian origin of at least some Caucasian people, especially the speakers of Northeast Caucasian, so chances are that there is some relationship between them and some languages of the Ancient Near East, but we'll probably never know for sure. Shared vocabulary...