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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: 2316

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: 25
Views: 50

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: 25
Views: 50

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: 25
Views: 50

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: 25
Views: 50

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: 6542
Views: 452542

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: 6542
Views: 452542

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: 6542
Views: 452542

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: 25
Views: 50

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: 11
Views: 285

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: 58
Views: 2316

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: 58
Views: 2316

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: 13619
Views: 748137

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: 58
Views: 2316

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: 216

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: 1413

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: 6542
Views: 452542

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: 607
Views: 79733

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: 1413

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...