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by Salmoneus
Sun 20 May 2018, 21:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6536
Views: 449593

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: 6536
Views: 449593

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: 6536
Views: 449593

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: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 618
Views: 78732

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...
by Salmoneus
Fri 18 May 2018, 22:26
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse
Replies: 10
Views: 182

Re: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse

OK, first things first, and I'm going to put this in bold capitals not because I'm shouting at you but because it's something everything should remember at all times, so it's worth emphasising: RIVERS DO NOT WORK LIKE THAT. You've fallen into... well, it doesn't have a name, but let's call it "fanta...
by Salmoneus
Fri 18 May 2018, 02:07
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 55
Views: 2070

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

I don't think buying a good book is a waste of money. Aside from books being a cheap source of entertainment in general - compare the price of a book and the length of time you enjoy it for, vs a film or a meal, for example - novels seem like a better deal than a short story anthology anyway - sinc...
by Salmoneus
Thu 17 May 2018, 23:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 55
Views: 2070

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

Fortunately, unlike inventiveness, prose style is something that can be learned by anyone. All that's required is to read extensively, and to read good books. What were the last ten books you read this year?* Concise visual description, admittedly, is another thing. I do think it's a specific talent...
by Salmoneus
Wed 16 May 2018, 19:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13607
Views: 744151

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

[*] Does this count as a gender, or something else? Is it even technically a noun class?[/list] I don't think it counts as gender because there is no agreement (not even with pronouns?). Likewise it's not a noun class in the narrow, gender-like sense of the word. However, it is a class of nouns in ...
by Salmoneus
Wed 16 May 2018, 19:08
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 55
Views: 2070

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

Generally the best advice for producing good material (not necessarily for serenity...) is: "worry more... afterwards". Most people worry not the wrong amount, but at the wrong point. They worry whether something they do will be good, which deters them from doing it. Then when they've done it, they'...
by Salmoneus
Wed 16 May 2018, 11:46
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A rough draft of a Paper i am writing on Orthodox Jewish English- will post updates
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: A rough draft of a Paper i am writing on Orthodox Jewish English- will post updates

No offence, but if this is a paper for publication, you might really want to revise a lot of the English. Semicolons are a thing! More generally, I would encourage greater clarity of tone: is this meant to sound academic, or like a chatty blog post? OJE is spoken wherever one can find Orthodox Jews ...
by Salmoneus
Sat 12 May 2018, 14:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 27
Views: 1337

Re: English Dialects

LOT/CLOTH [ɒ ~ ɔ] NORTH/FORCE/THOUGHT [ɔː ~ oː] LOT /O/ - non-native. Although at first, this might sound like a lot/cloth split - but that would also suggest European, because the lot/cloth split is something that's dying out in native British English, but that still gets emulated by conservative ...
by Salmoneus
Fri 11 May 2018, 23:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6536
Views: 449593

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

They're sort of answers to two separate questions: "What do you do for a living?" "Oh, I'm retired." vs. "Do you still work for Llama Corp?" "No, I've retired." Like shimo says, "am retired" focuses more on the state (I am in the state of retirement as opposed to the state of job-having), while "ha...
by Salmoneus
Fri 11 May 2018, 23:31
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 618
Views: 78732

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

If I took a bug and made it very humanoid with a human personality while not sacrificing his animal instincts....would you relate to him? Obviously if you wrote it well enough, I'd 'relate' to a cabbage. But in general, I'd probably think "why is the author pretending to write about an insect, when...
by Salmoneus
Fri 11 May 2018, 23:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 27
Views: 1337

Re: English Dialects

This screams “south of England”, but I am not a native speaker of English. Actually, I'm intrigued to ask: Where would you put me on the map? I'll post it anyway, because why not: KIT [ɪ] DRESS [ɛ] TRAP [æ ~ a] BATH [ɑː] LOT/CLOTH [ɒ ~ ɔ] STRUT [ʌ ~ ɐ] FOOT [ʊ] commA/lettER [ə] NEAR [ɪː ~ ɪə] SQUAR...
by Salmoneus
Wed 09 May 2018, 14:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Language evolution for long-lived people
Replies: 9
Views: 232

Re: Language evolution for long-lived people

Scytheria: doesn't matter - the 'inflexible' language will still change! After all, if nobody remember the language of 200 years ago, nobody knows that their language has changed over the last 200 years... OP: there's no way to tell. Languages change for, let's say, three reasons: acquisition failur...
by Salmoneus
Thu 03 May 2018, 19:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6536
Views: 449593

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

I don't think it's possible to say. It depends what you mean by 'phonemic length'. When did length stop being phonemic in English? Latin never "lost" phonemic length, per se. Four things happened: a) an inherited 'length' distinction produced a secondary difference in quality b) stressed vowels tend...
by Salmoneus
Sun 29 Apr 2018, 15:34
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 618
Views: 78732

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

If I think about a problem, it often helps to explain the question/problem to someone. Usually, this already gets me a step closer to the solution. John Wisdom once said that philosophical questions, if asked fully, answer themselves. I find it's true of most questions people ask - at least, questi...
by Salmoneus
Sat 28 Apr 2018, 20:01
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: higher pergentage of land?
Replies: 8
Views: 553

Re: higher pergentage of land?

k1234567890y wrote:
Sat 28 Apr 2018, 16:16
wow thanks (:

you seem to be very knowledgable in this kind of things, Salmoneus

Not really - that's all just common sense. And may of course be wrong!

[I'll also stress: that typology is just off the top of my head, not something standardised or anything]
by Salmoneus
Sat 28 Apr 2018, 16:08
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: higher pergentage of land?
Replies: 8
Views: 553

Re: higher pergentage of land?

Humans are generally land-dwelling, yes. And yes, naturally, smaller oceans means more land farther from the sea, which means less rain, which means drier. But it's interesting to ask: when might that not be the case? Could you have a planet with a lot of land, without aridity? Well, to have low ari...