Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: CHAT: Need a word for these!

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Thursday, January 31, 2002, 5:43
From: "Herman Miller" <hmiller@...>

| >Wow, I always think of Ohm's law as R=I/V.   To me "URI" suggests
| >Uniform Resource Identifier, one of those things beginning http://
| >or ftp:// or urn:.  (The ones that don't begin with urn: are
| >Uniform Resource Locators, or URLs.)
| And I always thought of Ohm's Law as E = IR. It seems that even
| mathematical formulas need translation from one language or dialect to
| another!

E and V mean the same thing, potential difference (or voltage). The equation
means that voltage, symbolized by E or V, is equal to the product of current
(amperes) times resistance or load (ohms). That's in case some of you're lost.
I've had to deal with this stuff with sound equipment and instrument amplifiers,
since there's a minimum load (again in ohms) that an amplifier can tolerate (too
little ohms will damage or destroy it), and microphones and guitar/bass pickups
have impedence, which for some reason is called low Z and high Z, with Z meaning
resistance, again in ohms.

But where exactly do the letters E and Z themselves come from?

| (ObConlang: Tirelhat borrows the words "ohm", "volt", and "watt" for the
| names of these units. However, "volt" ends up as "volht" [vOKt] due to
| Tirelhat rules of phonotactics -- /l/ and /lh/ are both fricatives in
| Tirelhat, and voiced fricatives are not allowed before voiceless stops.)

The sound [Lt] with L meaning a voiceless lateral fricative is a neat one, which
makes me think of American Indian languages of the Western US and Canada. It's a
possible sequence in Tech as well, being the analogue to Hebrew s' + t; s' is
sin instead of shin. I hope I actually get to use it.


Do You Yahoo!?
Get your free address at


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Florian Rivoal <florian.rivoal@...>