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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Soclydeza » Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:48 pm

When you are trying to think of the right word (noun) in English, your native language, and you catch yourself trying to think of the correct gender for the article.

When you are asked which past figure would you like to sit down and have a conversation with and you're trying to decide between Richard Feynman and Albert Einstein, and one of the advantages of Einstein would be so that you could speak German with him.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby pir » Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:08 am

Soclydeza wrote:When you are asked which past figure would you like to sit down and have a conversation with and you're trying to decide between Richard Feynman and Albert Einstein, and one of the advantages of Einstein would be so that you could speak German with him.

When you read this, and you pick Feynman instead because he worked on decoding Mayan glyphs. Sorry, German is not exciting for me -- though Einstein is! ;)

And then you scour the net to see whether that work is preserved somewhere accessible. You don't find much at first glance (though the insults by a dude who felt his professional decoder toes stomped on by a brash amateur like Feynman were amusing), but then you discover that the surviving Mayan codexes are now online, with commentaries, and can be downloaded in pdf format -- http://www.famsi.org/mayawriting/codices/marhenke.html. A couple of hours later you remind yourself you were going to go into work because you have an urgent deadline. Another hour later...
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Brun Ugle » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:01 am

When you're pretending to look for cheese so you can get close enough to a couple in the grocery store to figure out what that exotic sounding language they're speaking is only to realize it was English. :oops:
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Serpent » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:07 am

Haha :lol: Where did they seem to be from?
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Brun Ugle » Mon Sep 14, 2015 11:22 am

Serpent wrote:Haha :lol: Where did they seem to be from?


I'm not sure. They spoke well, but I'm not sure they were native. Maybe one was and the other just spoke well. Or maybe they were natives who'd lived abroad a long time. There was something a little odd about their English, but nothing I could put my finger on. I think I've just got my head so crammed with Spanish and Esperanto that I forgot what English sounds like. Something similar happened on my first trip back to the US after nine years in Norway. Everyone on the plane was speaking English in this weird, horrible, grating dialect. I kept wondering where these people came from that they talked like that. Then, I got to my hometown and everyone spoke like that. Nine years of not hearing it made me forget what it sounded like.

On a related note, I dreamed in Japanese this morning. I dreamed I was speaking to a Japanese man on the train and then my alarm clock went off. When I woke up, I was still thinking in Japanese. So I guess there is still some Japanese rattling around in my head even if I've been ignoring it for the past year.
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby arthaey » Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:36 am

When you can't let an offhand forum joke go and so you spend the rest of your evening inventing a language based on the "word" snfcwsbñefuawbáffmúiebfwaf. (Thanks for the inspiration, Serpent! :))
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Serpent » Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:37 am

When someone creates a conlang based on your keymash 8-) :mrgreen: :ugeek:
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby Iversen » Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:56 pm

Methinks Arthaey ended up with a polysynthetic language where n and s are treated as semivowels?
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby arthaey » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:03 pm

Now with random word/sentence generator! :D (Warning: extremely long IPA strings abound...)

Iversen wrote:Methinks Arthaey ended up with a polysynthetic language where n and s are treated as semivowels?

Youthinks correctly. ;) It ended up being a very "hissy" language (which Serpent pointed out is quite appropriate) because all voiceless fricatives can be syllable nuclei (as can all nasals & liquids).
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Re: You know you're a language nerd when…

Postby daegga » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:05 pm

So it's basically Georgian?
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