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by Trailsend
Fri 17 Aug 2018, 00:10
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Beginner's Conundrum
Replies: 8
Views: 233

Re: Beginner's Conundrum

For one thing, I'm having one heck of a time forming dora milaje with the corresponding meaning of 'adored ones'. As Kehgrehdid mentioned, loanwords are one way to get words with atypical phonotactics into a language. This can be an easy dodge, because if necessary, you can posit that the term was ...
by Trailsend
Wed 14 Mar 2018, 00:07
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: WTF Moments in History
Replies: 48
Views: 13399

Re: WTF Moments in History

Shemtov has asked me to leave a note here that he "was temporarily not of completely sound mind when making that post".
by Trailsend
Sat 10 Mar 2018, 05:20
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: WTF Moments in History
Replies: 48
Views: 13399

Re: WTF Moments in History

Well that's a heck of a way to revive a dead thread.

Shemtov, I refer you to House Rule #2. Knock it off.
by Trailsend
Wed 20 Jul 2016, 04:51
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Struggling to grasp cases and voice
Replies: 26
Views: 1821

Re: Struggling to grasp cases and voice

Ooh, I like this. No new morphemes, but adds new levels of meaning possibilities. To give you a glimpse of the future: one common progression you see as conlangers gain more experience is that they start with a very heavy focus on morphology (ways to change the forms of words) and only later begin ...
by Trailsend
Wed 20 Jul 2016, 01:14
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Questions on grammatical number & agreement
Replies: 13
Views: 1011

Re: Questions on grammatical number & agreement

Oh I'll show you a lengthy reply ;) If a word like "grass" is collective, then the singulative would mean "a blade of grass" or "a piece of grass", right? If so, how would one then go about expressing "blades of grass"?... For that matter, I found quantifiers very challenging, to think of another wa...
by Trailsend
Tue 19 Jul 2016, 11:09
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Struggling to grasp cases and voice
Replies: 26
Views: 1821

Re: Struggling to grasp cases and voice

Ahh, so the passive/antipassive is markers on the verb itself (I so did not understand that part!) that allows the verbs to change the transitivity (valency?) from transitive to intransitive while still sticking with the rule that a verb has to have a subject. Strictly speaking, only the bold part ...
by Trailsend
Mon 18 Jul 2016, 07:49
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Struggling to grasp cases and voice
Replies: 26
Views: 1821

Re: Struggling to grasp cases and voice

This language doesn't have so much of a separate world and culture as it's sort of my language, the way I'd like to be able to express myself and just be creative and all that. So I'm choosing features not based on what I think some hypothetical culture would have or what fits with them, but more o...
by Trailsend
Sat 05 Sep 2015, 16:45
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Gay marriage, polygamy, etc.
Replies: 100
Views: 6618

Re: Gay marriage, polygamy, etc.

Again, behaviour was never at issue. Concept and ideology from the (Catholic) Christian perspective was my starting and shall be my ending point with refuting his statement. This is precisely the problem. Behavior was always the issue in Sal's statement. If you interpret it as something else and th...
by Trailsend
Sat 05 Sep 2015, 05:26
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Meer'Et Early [Language] History
Replies: 76
Views: 5651

Re: Meer'Et Early [Language] History

Sew'Kyetuh wrote:These aren't linguistic concepts that are simply allowed and can happen. They are fundamental to the grammar itself.
What does this mean? Do you just mean that constructions like this are relatively common?
by Trailsend
Sat 05 Sep 2015, 04:59
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Gay marriage, polygamy, etc.
Replies: 100
Views: 6618

Re: Gay marriage, polygamy, etc.

@elemtilas: Sal isn't arguing what you think he's arguing, hence the confusion. (Please correct me if I've misinterpreted you, Sal.) You made a claim: "Sex is only tangentially and circumstantially related to marriage, which is a way of regulating the transmission of property." I countered: "Actuall...
by Trailsend
Sat 05 Sep 2015, 04:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Good Auxlang Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 1716

Re: Good Auxlang Ideas

I agree with cntrational here. A metaphor is an equation of two unlike things in order to highlight their similarities—so "days" contains a very sneaky metaphor, because it says that a stack of two books and a period of 48 hours are in some way the same . And so, The key thing about polysemy, howeve...
by Trailsend
Thu 03 Sep 2015, 03:57
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A badly written introduction to the scientific method
Replies: 95
Views: 6791

Re: A badly written introduction to the scientific method

nevermind all this, then, and sorry You prompted a whole flurry of interesting discussion and got Sal talking about the philosophy of science, so instead of neverminding I'm inclined to mind my way through the whole thread. For those interested, this thread over on the zbb was a pretty great read; ...
by Trailsend
Wed 02 Sep 2015, 23:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Meer'Et Early [Language] History
Replies: 76
Views: 5651

Re: Meer'Et Early [Language] History

So, there's a lot to unpack here, but I'm pressed for time, so I'm just going to pick some low-hanging fruit. Also, Etihus has zero copula. Last I checked, English does not. Further, Etihus has zero copula regardless of tense (there is no "to be" in Etihus. When I translate back into English, I have...
by Trailsend
Tue 01 Sep 2015, 00:04
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Meer'Et Early [Language] History
Replies: 76
Views: 5651

Re: Meer'Et Early [Language] History

But people might be able to learn the regular Fith language, as people learn twelve-tone music and all sorts of weirdness all the time. That's highly unlikely. Twelve-tone music is a very different sort of problem; Fith syntax would likely tax working memory and processing beyond what we're able to...
by Trailsend
Sun 30 Aug 2015, 16:41
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Meer'Et Early [Language] History
Replies: 76
Views: 5651

Re: Meer'Et Early [Language] History

Slight Tangent: Do you think it's possible for a human to make a language that is truly alien in nature, or is it impossible due to our minds being ruled by our very human cognitive processes? Fith did a pretty good job, I think. The premise is that while we can conceive of stack structures (such t...
by Trailsend
Mon 24 Aug 2015, 23:39
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Meer'Et Early [Language] History
Replies: 76
Views: 5651

Re: Meer'Et Early [Language] History

People take different approaches. Sometimes folks will create a single thread for a project and post about all kinds of topics in it. Threads like this don't have to be nice and ordered, because people tend to post in them with whatever they happen to be working on at the time, or with answers to wh...
by Trailsend
Sun 23 Aug 2015, 21:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Tsaah
Replies: 7
Views: 1383

Re: Tsaah

"Magic" in my conworld is really a catch-all for a lot of disparate things falling under the umbrella of "this doesn't follow the same rules as normal things", whether that's a creature or a word or an action or a substance or an object or a person or something else. Is there some kind of criteria ...
by Trailsend
Sun 23 Aug 2015, 20:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: My most worked-on conlang: Halvian
Replies: 11
Views: 1239

Re: My most worked-on conlang: Halvian

"I hear you". It seems like a direct object, but "ni" (dative form) rather than "ne" (accusative form) is used because it's really the words that are being heard. This is really just a matter of memorizing a list of verbs that often take a dative object, but they can all be explained semantically (...
by Trailsend
Sun 23 Aug 2015, 20:26
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Categorizing Etihus
Replies: 137
Views: 11162

Re: Categorizing Etihus

(seriously though, let's not hijack Sew'Kyetuh with PreBabel commentary. If you really can't resist (please, pleeeease resist), take it to a different thread so we can keep it quarantined.)
by Trailsend
Sun 23 Aug 2015, 20:10
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Categorizing Etihus
Replies: 137
Views: 11162

Re: Categorizing Etihus

Wow, I just looked up Tienzen Gong and now I'm probably going to have to read everything (or at least a lot). This is completely ridiculous... Dude, no. There's so many more productive things you could do with your time. You could learn FORTRAN. Or, like, handwrite a list of all the positive intege...