Search found 1260 matches

by Salmoneus
Tue 16 Jan 2018, 02:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13344
Views: 643095

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Lambuzhao wrote:
Mon 15 Jan 2018, 19:23
It wouldn't break it down into this sort of make-mouth-move-sound-comes-out pantomime-language.
Well, let's just see.
In Native American Sign Language, for example
Emphasis added.
by Salmoneus
Mon 15 Jan 2018, 15:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13344
Views: 643095

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Hey all. I come to you with a conundrum regarding a new project I want to start working on. I want to begin working on a personal conlang, for my own personal use and not as a part of my conworld. This relieves me of the constraints of naturalism to an extent, but I still want to do things right. I...
by Salmoneus
Sun 14 Jan 2018, 19:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Spanish Por Para issue. Help!
Replies: 10
Views: 197

Re: Spanish Por Para issue. Help!

gach: I'm sorry, I don't see the relevence. Obviously, case syncretism and the like is commonplace. But this does not change the fact that these cases are being used to identify particular functions of words within the sentence (ie have syntactic import). Quirky case and the like are still rule-gove...
by Salmoneus
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 23:16
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Spanish Por Para issue. Help!
Replies: 10
Views: 197

Re: Spanish Por Para issue. Help!

You are talking about the semantic role (function, whatever) of nouns. This is entirely different from case , which is a syntactic category. It's probably useful to say that case doesn't require morphology - that it may be indicated by word order, say I suppose that might make sense in some languag...
by Salmoneus
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 14:19
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Spanish Por Para issue. Help!
Replies: 10
Views: 197

Re: Spanish Por Para issue. Help!

(Some people get angry at me when I say that adpositions mark noun cases, but am I wrong? Noun cases aren't the morphology that a noun goes through to change its purpose in a sentence, Noun cases are just the purpose of a noun in a sentence, and if that can be changed without changing the noun itse...
by Salmoneus
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 23:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13344
Views: 643095

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I meant another as contrasted with the SE-Asian one. But the Indian Subcontinent does not include SE-Asia; the subcontinent consists of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim. Heck it doesn't even take in Burma/Myanmar. So loglorn is right. In addition to the...
by Salmoneus
Thu 11 Jan 2018, 22:56
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to start worldbuilding?
Replies: 13
Views: 341

Re: How to start worldbuilding?

Fantasy worlds, in particularly, are often not driven by any specific premise. Many of them are pretty loose premises, such as "what if magic were real?" But yes, you can have a world that's just "let's make shit up", and seeing where it goes from there. I'd still challenge the idea that there aren...
by Salmoneus
Wed 10 Jan 2018, 19:28
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to start worldbuilding?
Replies: 13
Views: 341

Re: How to start worldbuilding?

It depends on what you want to do, and how deep you want to go. Usually, though, worldbuilding begins with a premise. That premise might be something of a scientific bent (e.g. "What would a planet in a binary star system be like?"), or of a conceptual bent (e.g. "What if the world were a ring worl...
by Salmoneus
Thu 04 Jan 2018, 14:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6313
Views: 384678

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

They indicate direct speech. In general usage they are interchangeable, and personally I use them somewhat randomly. The only relatively universal rule is that the symbols alternate to show quote nesting: "he said 'burble' a lot", or 'he said "burble" a lot'. Traditionally, Americans and Canadians u...
by Salmoneus
Tue 02 Jan 2018, 18:47
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Speakers of the Wenthish Lywymoad, 1911-2017
Replies: 0
Views: 87

Speakers of the Wenthish Lywymoad, 1911-2017

I know, I know, this is what everyone's been burning to know: but which people have acted as head of state of the Wenthars (population: a couple of thousand) since independence? Well, you need ask no more, as I shall tell you. Including Acting Speakers! And, what's more, careful readers will gain co...
by Salmoneus
Sun 31 Dec 2017, 16:47
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Euterpe: A world of sign language
Replies: 15
Views: 458

Re: Euterpe: A world of sign language

Mole rats are mammals; definitely not. Mole rats are 'mammals' that have been secretly experimented on by aliens. They don't age, they're virtually immune to cancer, and they don't feel pain. They also, and this is probably what keenir's thinking of, don't need oxygen*. However, while they can 'bre...
by Salmoneus
Sun 24 Dec 2017, 12:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13344
Views: 643095

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

(Glottal stops can cause high or low tone; both are attested in Athabaskan) AIUI, it's argued that one is the result of a glottal stop, and the other is the result of a glottalised vowel (in this case resulting from a following glottal stop). However, since one can very easily become the other and ...
by Salmoneus
Sun 24 Dec 2017, 02:16
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Help with Topic & Focus
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: Help with Topic & Focus

I don't have any specific thesis to expound here, but I wanted to pick up on a few points while I think of them. - one reason it's easy to get confused about old/new information is that it's often explained in terms of emphasis , which is really something entirely different. Though still, I guess, a...
by Salmoneus
Sat 23 Dec 2017, 23:17
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Government
Replies: 43
Views: 3025

Re: Government

The Wenthars, incidentally, have a democratic government, the constitution of which derives heavily from that of 19th century Norway. Some oddities include: - many laws describe the powers of the king. When the king is absent from the islands, those powers rest with the viceroy. In brief periods in ...
by Salmoneus
Fri 22 Dec 2017, 02:05
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Naming Practices
Replies: 13
Views: 525

Re: Naming Practices

Wenthish people typically have three names: a first name, a second name, and a surname. The first name is traditionally the name of a saint.The core of the small number of first names are the names of early Irish missionaries to the islands, supplemented with some names of Christianised pagan figure...
by Salmoneus
Thu 21 Dec 2017, 22:06
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Government
Replies: 43
Views: 3025

Re: Government

What's "m i narchy"? Rule by King Minos. By extension, a rule characterized by a labyrinthine system of taxation (Can I claim the Athenian youth deduction?) and a very … particular attraction to certain prize bulls. [:x] To be fair, I'm not sure Minos necessarily approved of his wife's attitude tow...
by Salmoneus
Thu 21 Dec 2017, 19:48
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Euterpe: A world of sign language
Replies: 15
Views: 458

Re: Euterpe: A world of sign language

I have a couple of thoughts as feedback. First, communication will always tend toward the comparatively easiest way. I speak with my mouth because it's much easier to do that than drop or put down whatever I am doing in order to sign. I see that your people can't easily vocalize, so that is a start...
by Salmoneus
Mon 18 Dec 2017, 22:32
Forum: Translations
Topic: He is...
Replies: 68
Views: 8739

Re: He is...

Wenthish: He’s visharmąnn He's a fisherman The 'indefinite' article isn't needed here. Lieg mayt an hem He is strong [lit. "Strength lies on him"] Here, mayt indicates strength in the sense of a power or force - he can lift a lot; merely resistive strength (less likely with a human subject, but comm...
by Salmoneus
Sun 17 Dec 2017, 23:14
Forum: Translations
Topic: I was walking in the forest...
Replies: 46
Views: 3128

Re: I was walking in the forest...

Wenthish:

gád ay stóp ie thrue tha skóga, whannat a tillow anat mi heada y'falla had
go.PST and walk.PST I through the forest, at.which.point a branch onto my head-DAT PRT-fall-PRT have.PST
I was walking through the forest, when a branch fell on my head
by Salmoneus
Sun 17 Dec 2017, 15:02
Forum: Translations
Topic: Driving like a madman
Replies: 9
Views: 258

Re: Driving like a madman

I just absolutely love the words gieggelmąnn and iggeler ! [<3] Confession: sometimes I cheat slightly to make nicer words. Although actually it turns out my 'cheat' for 'iggeler' (singular: 'iggel') is actually perfectly justified (gemination of stops before /l/, which apparently happens not-quite...