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I'm not sure if there's a consensus in linguistic nomenclature about using the aforementioned prefix in naming the reconstructed languages. As we all probably know, in linguistics, there's a custom …
asked Aug 12 '15 by czypsu
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About the second part of your question. The spelling very often represents pronunciation that was once used (although this is not a rule). The C in the spelling systems of modern Romance languages …
answered Sep 25 '15 by czypsu
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Since Germanic languages descend from a single Proto-Germanic parent language, and sound change (neogrammarian, exceptionless) is responsible for a giant part of the language change, there will be reg …
answered Mar 13 '16 by czypsu
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Just as in the title :) I wonder if there is a tool on the internet which would help in finding cognates of certain word in as much branches as possible. Say I want to find find all the cognates in …
asked Aug 16 '15 by czypsu
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Recently I got into a discussion with my friend concerning sizes of lexicons of different languages. He stated something about Japanese having considerably more words than English. (The exact language …
asked Sep 5 '15 by czypsu
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Let's make following assumptions : Lexeme is a group of inflectional forms connected by the core semantics, the most primitive meaning that points the recipient to a vague semantic cloud Perfective …
answered Aug 11 '15 by czypsu
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Why is voicing considered lenition under phonological criteria? To me voiced consonants seem stronger in articulation, therefore voicing should be considered fortification.
asked Dec 6 '15 by czypsu
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The German -stell- forms and Slavic -stav- are neither related nor borrowed in one way or another. The 'clearly corresponding prefixes' may very well be just a coincidence. Slavic root * stāw- is a …
answered Nov 13 '16 by czypsu
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Latin had a pretty standard vowel set: two high vowels - front /i/ and back /u/ two mid vowels - front /e/ and back /o/ one low vowel - central /a/ Each vowel had a long and short version. Long vo …
answered Aug 21 '16 by czypsu
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I was going through the sources for early indo-iranian and according to B. Fortson the first documented manifestation of this branch are the proper names in Mitanni Texts. Since the indo-iranian word …
asked Aug 10 '15 by czypsu
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In Polish, ambiguity in that case is not existent. I killed the man with a spoon (man with spoon) - Zabiłem człowieka z łyżką I killed the man with a spoon (using a spoon) - Zabiłem człowieka łyżk …
answered Aug 12 '15 by czypsu
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There is a great book on that topic - Language : The Cultural Tool by Daniel Everett. He states, contrary to the Chomskyan notions, that languages' features are shaped almost exlusively by the cultur …
answered Aug 16 '15 by czypsu
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Recently I came across a short text on Language Log briefly discussing a phenomenon which seems to affect certain languages. The author noticed that loss or heavy weakening of inflection during langua …
asked Sep 12 '16 by czypsu
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Sanskrit contrasted three sibilants, two of which most probably were [ɕ] and [ʂ] (or [ʃ]). The former was an outcome of an Proto-Indo-Iranian affricate that developed from PIE voiceless palatalised ve …
answered Sep 27 '15 by czypsu
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The sound is called retroflex approximant, which means that it produces a stream of air not narrow enough to be classified as a fricative consonant("sh","v") but also not wide enough to be classified …
answered Aug 13 '15 by czypsu

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