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by Salmoneus
Sun 17 Dec 2017, 23:14
Forum: Translations
Topic: I was walking in the forest...
Replies: 46
Views: 2899

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: 5
Views: 73

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...
by Salmoneus
Sun 17 Dec 2017, 01:31
Forum: Translations
Topic: Driving like a madman
Replies: 5
Views: 73

Driving like a madman

A few of the more commonplace sentences that one might find in phrasebooks, but that I don't think have been translated yet. Bystyre he ofta løy ta tha gieggelmann í tha Paris a’ tha Thusdja /bI"sty:r he Qft@ l2I t@ D~ gi@g@lman i: D@ pa"ri:s a D@ DUzdj@/ drive he: often like to the madman-DAT in th...
by Salmoneus
Sat 16 Dec 2017, 22:15
Forum: Translations
Topic: The apple tree...
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: The apple tree...

Byfód tha appel-treas, that's an stey brayð ta picknick beside the apple.tree-GEN, that-COP.3sg a place fine to picnic By the apple tree, that's a place that's splendid for a picnic note: byfód - literally 'by the foot of', used for 'by' or 'near' in the sense of a fixed location. Governs the genit...
by Salmoneus
Thu 14 Dec 2017, 21:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6233
Views: 365640

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

Well that does rather illustrate quite well the effect associations can have; Cyrillic is still very much strongly associated with Russia, and in many people's eyes that's a bad thing. Think of the same way some people are reflexively terrified of everything they see written in Arabic simply becaus...
by Salmoneus
Wed 13 Dec 2017, 17:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Sharing space with other species
Replies: 9
Views: 609

Re: Sharing space with other species

I think proximity to a homeworld would matter a lot. Who wants a race you don't really trust yet in easy stiking distance to your homeworl or capital planet? It would probably start out like "Here's the plane in space where our societies met. Every planet on our side is ours, every planet on your s...
by Salmoneus
Tue 12 Dec 2017, 01:54
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Calendars (for Earth and for conworlds)
Replies: 19
Views: 352

Re: Calendars (for Earth and for conworlds)

In terms of use on Earth, I think it's clear to all of us what the most sensible calendar to use would be. The year is divided into 10 calendrical months of 29 days, 5 sidereal months, 1 tropical month, 2 paschal months, and potentially two intercalendrical months. The year begins on the 5th April, ...
by Salmoneus
Mon 11 Dec 2017, 18:26
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Which use can I give to my conlang
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Which use can I give to my conlang

Unfortunately, conlangs are fundamentally useless. Potential uses of a conlang only you know include: - self-expression through diaries, poetry, etc. However, since you already have a native language, which you have learnt far better than you could ever possibly learn a conlang, and since real langu...
by Salmoneus
Thu 07 Dec 2017, 12:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: A Reference Grammar of Sajem Tan
Replies: 26
Views: 518

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: 13254
Views: 615221

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: 116340

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: 13254
Views: 615221

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: 13254
Views: 615221

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: 6233
Views: 365640

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: 9
Views: 609

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: 239

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: 239

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: 6233
Views: 365640

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: 57103

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: 2022

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...