Saim wrote:Also I'm talking about r/languagelearning, not random parts of Reddit.
vijayjohn wrote:(And I have to say, in general, it's astonishing to me how little interest there is in African languages on Reddit. Even the Swahili subreddit is practically dead. Even Papuan languages get more meaningful attention than Swahili does; the only African language I know of that gets even a little bit of meaningful attention there is Amharic, and mostly from people learning it)
vijayjohn wrote:But to what extent are people on r/languagelearning serious language learners anyway?
Yasna wrote:Isn't that par for the course? I can count on one hand the number of serious learners of African languages I have come across on the Internet in my entire life.
vijayjohn wrote:Even Papuan languages get more meaningful attention than Swahili does
voron wrote:Learnt the word ماس /ma:s/ diamond from it, and suddenly realized that in Turkish elmas and Russian алмаз /al'mas/, the initial el/al is the definite article. (There is a number of this kind of borrowings in Turkish, Russian and English, like algorithm, alcohol, I just never realized it about elmas before).
eskandar wrote:It could be. But الألماس (where أل is the first part of the word, not the definite article) is more common in Arabic. The word entered Arabic from Middle Persian, where the initial al was part of the word. Most likely the word ماس is a backformation from ألماس, that is, at some point Arabs reanalyzed the word almaas as *al-maas.
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