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I don’t really like the word ‘polyglot’ at all, and i don’t like when people promote themselves as polyglots. And I don’t like the question ‘How many languages ​​do you know?’ and any answers to this question including any number greater than zero.

Knowing a language is a very delicate matter. It is not enough to know the words and be able to compose phrases, you need to know exactly how these words and phrases are used by speakers of the language.

I ranted about people calling themselves polyglots and about making one common language or alphabet for all Turkic peoples. It’s stupid to post it in a place called ‘Polyglot City’ but i’m posting it on Polyglot City.

i sometimes like certain words. they feel nice to pronounce. my all time favourite is ‘joq’. i worry i might miss some very important chance in the future just because i like saying ‘joq’.

and today i'm a fan of ‘halıqaralıq’. feels like an oral cavity massage. can you feel it? ‘halıqaralıq’.

雪降れば木ごとに花ぞ咲きにけるいづれを梅とわきて折らまし

With the snowfall
On every tree flowers
Bloom;
Which are plum?
How to tell, and pluck them?

(translation from wakapoetry.net)

There’s this weird stage in learning a new language that happens after about three or four months of immersion, that i call ‘subliminal understanding’.
You don’t understand much of the input consciously yet but your subconscious has already figured out the flow of the language which gives the illusion of the language being of your own, a feeling of kinship.
It’s dangerous as you can easily carried away emotionally, but also so unusual and empowering in a very special way.

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today I came across the take that we don't know what Latin sounded like and how it was pronounced.
That's not true. We have a pretty clear of what Latin sounded like. We may not know every dialect and sociolect and every stage of its development, but by and large, its pronounciation is pretty clear across a timespan of multiple millenia. That's pretty amazing if you think about it

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how do we know?

Italian, French, Castilian, Catalan, Romanian, Portuguese and all other Romance languages are descendants of Latin, and for most of them, we have written samples going back all the way to the time when they were just variations of Latin with small local quirks.
Language change isn't as chaotic as one might think. It follows certain rules and patterns. So it is possible to make inferences about the phonology of the parent language from the way all the languages that descended from it are spoken today.

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Latin is among the most well-documented ancient languages. There are so many records of the ancient language ranging from novels and boastful historical accounts to dirty graffiti from the streets of Pompeii. Spelling mistakes or variations in those texts can tell you a lot about when and where changes occured. For exampe, a word that is usually spelled with an i is suddenly spelled with an e. That can be a hint that a vowel shift has taken place, or is currently taking place at the time the text was written.

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Animated version of the logo.

Перлін шуылынан жасаған құстың ұясы немесе айналып жатыратын құйының ішінде бірнеше кішкентай жұмыртқа бар. Міне сандырақ ойлар шығару жері.

Өнім дезайны мысалы. Тек қана кереге, уық және шаңырақтан тұратын жалаңаш киіз үйің түрдегі шам қойғыш. Ішінде кішкентай ақ шам жанып тұр. Есік жақтауы дәстүрлі ою-өрнекпен безендірілді.

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colonial mindset 

it's not just showing up to a place and thinking you have solutions to problems that people who have been there a lot longer did not think of, it's thinking you are able to actually identify what is and is not a problem at all.

Useful tip:
If you ever need to type in töte jazuw, you can use Uyghur keyboard.

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As a Blender developer, it's really cool to see someone go from "AARRGHH all the hotkeys!" to "This is amazing!" in one video :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY2gESjcktg

#b3d #blender #blender3d #NerdForge

Got fascinated with Nastaliq and decided to practice copying Shahnameh. Even though i don’t even know tajiki! How are you getting crazy on sundays?

A linguaphile and a 3D art generalist. Occasional programmer. Love the music of Merzbow, the films of Park Chan-wook, and people who don’t pretend.

Polyglot City

Polyglot City is the right instance for you if you're interested in linguistics, languages, language learning, or translation, or if you're multilingual or polyglot. All languages are allowed to flourish on our timelines, and multilingual puns are welcome. And of course you're also free to talk about other things besides language.