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by Salmoneus
Thu 07 Dec 2017, 12:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: A Reference Grammar of Sajem Tan
Replies: 19
Views: 319

Re: A Reference Grammar of Sajem Tan

No offence, but the blackface (redface?) is kind of repulsive. I'd be more likely to be interested in the language if it weren't nested inside a blackface-LARP.
by Salmoneus
Wed 06 Dec 2017, 16:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13226
Views: 610804

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

I have a few suffixes in Qutrussan that I am finding difficult to create a suitable etymology for. The -nóya suffix is for people involved in some sort of agriculture or farming, but the form of this word actually suggests a verbal-noun 'farming, cultivation' as a common method of derivation is to ...
by Salmoneus
Tue 05 Dec 2017, 02:00
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1555
Views: 115271

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

Based on the examples of scrimshaw and netsuke, I expect the implement could be a needle or a pocketknife or the equivalent of either. Ogham and futhorc runes were influenced by the fact that wood has a grain that must be considered when carving glyphs into it. I'm not sure whalebone has any such g...
by Salmoneus
Thu 30 Nov 2017, 22:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13226
Views: 610804

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

Debuccalization of coda /s/ to /h/ (or /x/) and vocalization of the coda /h/ to /a/ is the simplest option. Clearly. Though I might say /h/ > /@/ > /a/. An alternative is coda /s/ > lost with compensatory lengthening of the vowel > diphthong... but obviously that might interfere with more things.
by Salmoneus
Tue 28 Nov 2017, 20:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13226
Views: 610804

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

In fact, I'm not quite sure how your view differs from what I stated. I think their point is that just because we can reconstruct a transparent term to a parent doesn't mean that parent actually HAD that term. So not only do the transparent terms often survive when the opaque ones don't, but also s...
by Salmoneus
Mon 27 Nov 2017, 17:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6190
Views: 362128

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

Alright. The idea is that this language has very strong retroflex harmony. Basically, all coronals become retroflex, and all vowels become rhotacized if there is at least one retroflex anywhere in the word. So for example /ʈatu/ = [ʈa˞ʈu˞] but the vowels rhoticized even in absence of neighboring re...
by Salmoneus
Mon 20 Nov 2017, 23:28
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Sharing space with other species
Replies: 6
Views: 513

Re: Sharing space with other species

It clearly depends entirely on the economic structure underpinning interstellar travel and colonisation. Some contexts clearly will favour paranoid solutions: every system is controlled entirely by one species, ideally probably pre-allocated based on objective criteria, either of characteristics or ...
by Salmoneus
Mon 20 Nov 2017, 18:42
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Getting rid of the sg/pl distinction in personal pronouns
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Getting rid of the sg/pl distinction in personal pronouns

I like both the multiple pronouns and the adverb solution. The former don't look that ugly to me, they are aligned with the feeling I'd want for this language. As for the adverbs, instead, they are more aligned with what I did already for other unmarked things, e.g. tense. I could study a rule to f...
by Salmoneus
Mon 20 Nov 2017, 17:27
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Getting rid of the sg/pl distinction in personal pronouns
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: Getting rid of the sg/pl distinction in personal pronouns

A conlang I'm currently developing, Simpel, has no distinction between singular and plural in any of its parts of speech, which means that pronouns don't have one either. This seems a big limitation to me, but I really want to go for it. I was therefore looking for some other way to give hints abou...
by Salmoneus
Sun 12 Nov 2017, 20:50
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6190
Views: 362128

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

I don't know that this necessarily has any answer, but what exactly is "the deal" with all the English words with connotations of "shininess" beginning with /gl/? We have glimmer, gleam, glow, glisten, glass, glint, glare, glitter... Also glister, gloaming, glamour, glaze, glory, glimpse, glance, g...
by Salmoneus
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 02:11
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 694
Views: 56670

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Oh bugger, this terrible design has caught up with me again. It seems to be spreading through the internet, returning us all to 'things that looked cool twenty years ago'... I can only assume it was originally intended for small children? Kind of looks like if the teletubbies had become webdesigners...
by Salmoneus
Fri 10 Nov 2017, 18:27
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: RIP cursive handwriting..
Replies: 88
Views: 1916

Re: RIP cursive handwriting..

various things Let's be clear here. The OP was talking about the decline of "cursive" writing in favour of some other, unnamed style of recording glyphs on a surface. I believe we all understand this to mean unjoined letters resembling what we are reading on our screens right now. It seems like the...
by Salmoneus
Fri 10 Nov 2017, 13:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: RIP cursive handwriting..
Replies: 88
Views: 1916

Re: RIP cursive handwriting..

I don't know anyone who doesn't use "cursive" (here we call it "writing") daily, or at least several times a week. Letters and reports may now be written on keyboards, sure, but shopping lists, birthday cards, addresses on envelopes, and assorted little useful notes, are all still mostly written do...
by Salmoneus
Fri 10 Nov 2017, 13:21
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Proper Name, Story of a life...
Replies: 26
Views: 684

Re: Proper Name, Story of a life...

He's talking about Social Security, I think I thought that too, or maybe birthdate, but the phrasing seemed significantly off for that. [...]double articulation[...] Is this meant to refer to when a word has several different meanings? I think you mean a "double meaning" or perhaps syncretism? No, ...
by Salmoneus
Fri 10 Nov 2017, 01:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: RIP cursive handwriting..
Replies: 88
Views: 1916

Re: RIP cursive handwriting..

I don't know anyone who doesn't use "cursive" (here we call it "writing") daily, or at least several times a week. Letters and reports may now be written on keyboards, sure, but shopping lists, birthday cards, addresses on envelopes, and assorted little useful notes, are all still mostly written dow...
by Salmoneus
Mon 06 Nov 2017, 01:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: 3Cons descended from a 2Cons protolang
Replies: 12
Views: 425

Re: 3Cons descended from a 2Cons protolang

It's become realized that the majority of 3con roots did not derive from 2con roots or monosyllabic roots, but were their own thing. In RL it doesn't surprise me that that's true of the majority of 3Cons roots; but it would surprise me to learn that there aren't at least a significant minority of R...
by Salmoneus
Sun 05 Nov 2017, 17:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: British Romance Language Collab
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: British Romance Language Collab

Why would people collaborate with you on this, when they know that if they make any decision you don't like you'll just drop the thread and restart a "new" collaborative anglo-romance thread in six months time? In the same way that, you know, you just did, because you've already done exactly this th...
by Salmoneus
Mon 30 Oct 2017, 02:49
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Hyper-correction?
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: Hyper-correction?

Yes, it's feasible, but it's not hypercorrection, just analogical restoration, which is extremely common. Of course, it would help if some time could pass between the conditioned change and the analogical restoration, so that people could "forget" why the phoneme was dropped in the first place - or,...
by Salmoneus
Sat 28 Oct 2017, 11:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13226
Views: 610804

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

Shortening: Probably not what you're looking for, but unstressed syllables. Also, apparently in Middle English , "shortening occurred in stressed syllables followed by two or more unstressed syllables, whether or not the stressed syllable was closed." Lengthening: Before voiced codas (or certain vo...
by Salmoneus
Fri 20 Oct 2017, 19:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13226
Views: 610804

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

If I might suggest: don't think "these are my aspects, what can I use them for?" - think "how should I divide up the semantic space?" (you can keep the former at the back of your mind while considering the latter if you want, of course). So, here are some questions you might want to consider when lo...