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ISO 639 codes
Hi, the Wiktionary uses what are called ISO 639 codes. They try to use the first letters of the native language as much as possible, so Spanish is es not sp. Another example is de (Deutsch rather than German). Mglovesfun (talk) 17:38, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
Hello. Just wondering, do you know Armenian and are you going to contribute in it? --Vahagn Petrosyan 19:14, 30 July 2009 (UTC)
The standard practice is to put "descendants" that are in the same language under the header "Derived Terms". Thanks. Nadando 17:38, 22 September 2009 (UTC)
You added Spanish hinojo to the list of Descendants from Latin genu, but the RAE says that hinojo is from fenuculum. Do you have a source that the RAE does not have? --EncycloPetey 02:35, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
Then I should move it to genuculum, where the Portuguese entry should reside AND the Italian entry should go as well.
- And, as you can see, it does not mention genu is the precursor word. Descendants are to be linked only from their immediate progenitor in the originating language. --EncycloPetey 22:17, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
ga Verb Conjugation Templates
I notice that earlier this month you changed the format of a couple of the ga verb conjugation templates to the "newer" formats. These were actually a newer format that I had introduced, feeling that they would be more legible and better laid-out than the previous one. (If you look at the history, you can see this.) I simply never had time to revise the other templates to match. I'm going to change these back for now, but I'd appreciate any feedback you have. —Leftmostcat 23:01, 25 November 2009 (UTC)
Please see Retskrivningsordbogen for the correct inflection of the danish verb føde ("to feed"). Past tense may be "fødede" or "fødte" and past participle may be "fødet" or "født". In the sense "to give birth" only the strong inflection, -te, født, applies.--Leo Laursen – (talk · contribs) 19:07, 2 December 2009 (UTC)
I am being very careful. Before I let the changes take effect, I have to make sure they actually work. Thanks. Reidca 17:50, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
- It is. Almost all strong verbs in Danish with root "æ" change this to "a". This verb changes it to "å". Only "træde" does the same, and it is even more irregular (as "trådte" in the preterite). Reidca (talk) 19:54, 1 August 2012 (UTC)
- Ok, I see. It's curious that the verb had a similar irregularity in Proto-Germanic, I wonder if it was retained all that time. It occurs in Icelandic too. The ancestor of træde is also irregular but differently, it was probably changed in Danish to be like æde because of the rhyme (the two verbs did not rhyme in Old Norse). What about drage? —CodeCat 20:27, 1 August 2012 (UTC)
- Drage is in the a-o-a pattern. This brings up something: I didn't create the catboiler without comparing how other Germanic languages deal with strong verbs. Both English and Dutch index strong verbs as "irregular", and I followed suit. Even if strong verbs follow predictable patterns, there's precedent for treating them as irregular for indexing purposes. Reidca (talk) 18:25, 2 August 2012 (UTC)
What source have you been using? I've been using the Meeussen list, but your Proto-Bantu derivations all disagree with its orthography. Can you shed any light on the subject? Thanks --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:04, 25 August 2012 (UTC)
I don't quite understand the pronunciation that you added here. Pronouncing Norwegian kj as /kj/ is similar to pronouncing i in e.g. English bind as /i/: it'll sound pretty bad. --Njardarlogar (talk) 13:03, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
One is the phonemic underlying form /kj/, one is the phonetic surface form [c]. I do think it should be fixed/updated to reflect the IPA values given for Norwegian. Thank you! Reidca (talk) 21:24, 22 February 2016 (UTC)