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by Salmoneus
Sun 17 Jun 2018, 15:15
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Fractal Federation
Replies: 14
Views: 601

Re: Fractal Federation

I'm not going to respond to everything because a lot of it's already been addressed on my site and I don't want to basically copy and paste my whole site. Fair enough. And I'm sure you can appreciate that we don't all want to read through your whole site to find the answer to a specific question. F...
by Salmoneus
Sat 16 Jun 2018, 16:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Fractal Federation
Replies: 14
Views: 601

Re: Fractal Federation

Turning to the language, I have bigger problems... I didn’t want Fractal Federation using a language like English as it’s legal/official language because that would be showing preferential treatment towards English-speaking cultures. Some areas that require a lot of international interactions have d...
by Salmoneus
Sat 16 Jun 2018, 14:54
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Fractal Federation
Replies: 14
Views: 601

Re: Fractal Federation

Hi. There are some interesting ideas here. I hope you don't mind if I seem to be picking holes - it's my instinctive reaction to things, and you clearly have enough inspiration/imagination already... [plus, I have a 500-years-in-the-future setting myself, so i've thought a bit about these things, th...
by Salmoneus
Sun 10 Jun 2018, 11:25
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6566
Views: 472632

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

If you search for metaphony (the cunning codeword Romance linguists use so that specialists in non-Romance can't see what they're doing and realise that Romance is actually sort of not magically different from other families...), you'll find a bunch of stuff. Essentially, vulgar latin(s) had three p...
by Salmoneus
Sat 09 Jun 2018, 02:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6566
Views: 472632

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

If "triglossia" is just "knowing more than two languages", it happens all the time. People in border areas will frequently speak the language both sides of the border, plus in some cases a third regional lingua franca. Or, just look at Europe. Lots of people in, say, the Netherlands, will speak Dutc...
by Salmoneus
Fri 08 Jun 2018, 12:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6566
Views: 472632

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

Also, what umlaut are we speaking of here? I know that /m/ might have preserved the height for a while longer, as Old Spanish evidence suggests. Vulgar Latin appears to have had umlaut, seen in the mid-low vowels, both front and back. These were raised (or diphthongised) in umlauting environments. ...
by Salmoneus
Sun 03 Jun 2018, 11:57
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Kovur Grammar - Thoughts, Questions, Comments?
Replies: 20
Views: 1047

Re: Kovur Grammar - Thoughts, Questions, Comments?

It would not be possible to have a language where basic transitive sentences were not composable. The number of possible agents, patients and actions is far too great - most 'situations' would never arise more than once in your lifetime, so it would be impossible to learn them. That's the whole poi...
by Salmoneus
Sat 02 Jun 2018, 20:18
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Kovur Grammar - Thoughts, Questions, Comments?
Replies: 20
Views: 1047

Re: Kovur Grammar - Thoughts, Questions, Comments?

It would not be possible to have a language where basic transitive sentences were not composable. The number of possible agents, patients and actions is far too great - most 'situations' would never arise more than once in your lifetime, so it would be impossible to learn them. That's the whole poin...
by Salmoneus
Fri 01 Jun 2018, 22:18
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What have you been reading lately?
Replies: 63
Views: 7543

Re: What have you been reading lately?

I've been re-reading Sal's reviews in his Disworld Re-Read Project because why the hell not? I love the Discworld novels and Sal's reviews are pretty damn good. I disagree from time to time on specific points, but when it comes to overall "scores" I'm more or less with him on every book [:)] Why th...
by Salmoneus
Fri 01 Jun 2018, 22:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What have you been reading lately?
Replies: 63
Views: 7543

Re: What have you been reading lately?

Amazon delivered my copy of Red Crag ( 红岩 hóngyán [/b] ) this afternoon. It's a Communist classic which Chinese friends of my generation had to read coming up in China. Back in the day, those who cared in the expat community passed around a copy in English translation to possibly gain some insight....
by Salmoneus
Wed 30 May 2018, 13:04
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 619
Views: 86854

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

They had about five if-they-were-a-person-they'd-be-in-jail scandals in about two years. They're virtually a mafia at this point. [Not that their rivals are any better. Flagrant disregard for the law and ethics is the norm for large banks. Remember when it turned out HSBC were advertising themselves...
by Salmoneus
Thu 24 May 2018, 16:45
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 3664

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

...snippets I enjoyed those four passages very much and am a great fan of your writings about your conworlding/langing, Thank you. and therefore wondered if you’ve written any short stories Yes... or such that can be read online? ...but no. Other than slightly narrative conworlding infodumps. I don...
by Salmoneus
Mon 21 May 2018, 23:22
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1087

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

@Sal - Ha, well, like I said, I was just making up those theories as I went along. Upon reflection, I agree that I was off-base. I'm not even certain I'm convinced about my theory that first person is more "modern" anymore; the more I think about it, the more 19th century novels I can think of in t...
by Salmoneus
Mon 21 May 2018, 23:06
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1087

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

On 'shoutouts' to the 2nd person: it's important to distinguish the use of 2nd person reference (talking to the reader) from 2nd person narration (saying what the reader is doing). The latter is weird, and rare. The former has been the norm in most fiction up to the 20th century. [Jane Eyre: "Reader...
by Salmoneus
Mon 21 May 2018, 20:05
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1087

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

Okay, sure, once you get used to it, it's not quite as intrusive, but it's very intrusive at first, and there's a certain amount of... entitlement to it. That is, the author tells you what you're thinking, saying, and doing. It usually gives me a sort of "pretentious BDSM" vibe. I've at times - pur...
by Salmoneus
Mon 21 May 2018, 19:40
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1087

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

present tense is such an indicator of inexperienced, bad writing. A lot of novice writers use it, sure. But that doesn't mean it's actually an indicator of inexperienced or bad writing—again, I point to N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy. Now, that doesn't follow! I don't know how much personal e...
by Salmoneus
Sun 20 May 2018, 21:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6566
Views: 472632

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

Turns out I was wrong: the possessor CAN be indefinite; but the possessed noun must be definite.

However, "a house of the doctor" could be expression with a preposition as "a house to the doctor's part" (or possibly just "a house to the doctor" - not really clear on the use of 'cuid' yet).
by Salmoneus
Sun 20 May 2018, 18:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6566
Views: 472632

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

AFAIU, it's a bit more complicated than that. In Classical Arabic, the construct state is essentially the same as the definite form of the noun, but without the prefixed article; that is, the -n  that usually marks indefinite nouns is dropped. We should emphasise that despite the mystique of semiti...
by Salmoneus
Sun 20 May 2018, 18:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6566
Views: 472632

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

I recently read an essay about the changes in the Queen's speaking over time and it mentioned that formerly the passive voice was preferred, especially in writing, to using the first person except when saying something like "I feel", "I believe" etc. This struck me as particularly interesting as Ja...
by Salmoneus
Fri 18 May 2018, 22:56
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 1087

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

As recently as a decade or so ago, short story publishers were still telling people that if they submitted a story in the present tense, it would be automatically rejected - present tense is such an indicator of inexperienced, bad writing. Seemingly, however, and annoyingly, it seems to be making he...