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by Curlyjimsam
Sat 24 Mar 2018, 20:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How would you redesign IPA?
Replies: 24
Views: 977

Re: How would you redesign IPA?

That... still doesn't really explain your reasoning. The IPA isn't just, or even mainly, about showing relationships between sounds. (If it were, there'd be no voiced/voiceless pairs - one could just use diacritics.) Ease of reading and writing is also a big factor, and single symbols for affricate...
by Curlyjimsam
Mon 26 Feb 2018, 14:55
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 16
Views: 908

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

Tolkien is an interesting one here - in spite of their quirks, the "relatable" characters in The Lord of the Rings are the hobbits, whereas the actual human cultures seen are somewhat more alien to our own.
by Curlyjimsam
Wed 06 Dec 2017, 23:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?
Replies: 36
Views: 4100

Re: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?

I don't know if Lambuzhao or Lao Kou or some of the other, er, more seasoned geopoets have been working on one world the whole time or not. I think Sally Caves is probably the only other person I know who's been working within a single world for a span of decades. It's changed very considerably sin...
by Curlyjimsam
Fri 06 Oct 2017, 14:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?
Replies: 34
Views: 1887

Re: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?

Essentially I think the world is the main thing, but the languages are a very big part of it (though to begin with they were only a small part). I reckon maybe maybe about 40% of my conworld material is language-related. For certain cultures within the world I've done significantly more work on the ...
by Curlyjimsam
Fri 31 Mar 2017, 20:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Thematic relations
Replies: 8
Views: 1196

Re: Thematic relations

The problem with thematic relations is that a lot of people have had ideas about how they ought to be described, but there isn't a great deal of general agreement. Even amongst the most generally used terms (like "Agent", "Patient" or "Theme", "Experiencer" ...) there's still plenty of room for deba...
by Curlyjimsam
Tue 29 Nov 2016, 23:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Should we rival CWS?
Replies: 36
Views: 2088

Re: Should we rival CWS?

This site has entirely passed me by till now! It looks like it might be good, but without an account I can't really judge it, and I'm nt presently in the mood for going through the faff of creating an account I might never use.
by Curlyjimsam
Tue 29 Nov 2016, 23:48
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Split ergativity and case question
Replies: 7
Views: 983

Re: Split ergativity and case question

Nominative and absolutive will have the same endings significantly more often than not, I think. (This marking will often be zero.) In fact, no instances come to mind where they are different, but that doesn't mean there aren't any. Having the same endings for ergative and accusative is rare but not...
by Curlyjimsam
Tue 29 Nov 2016, 23:44
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Question about affricate terminology
Replies: 18
Views: 1980

Re: Question about affricate terminology

I can imagine in principle a language with (say) /ps/, /ts/, /ks/ where these act in the same way single consonants in regard to phonotactics, determination of stress placement etc. and might therefore be reasonably analysed as phonemes in their own right. Say if the general syllable structure is (C...
by Curlyjimsam
Sun 25 Sep 2016, 17:04
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Why CBB?
Replies: 49
Views: 3981

Re: Why CBB?

The ZBB, while not known for being cuddly and friendly to newcomers, has always seemed more technical than here... which is not to say that there aren't a lot of knowledgeable people here, just that the CBB also has a lot more participants like me, who have fairly limited linguistic knowledge (and ...
by Curlyjimsam
Sun 25 Sep 2016, 16:59
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Conscripts that don't accurately display phonemes?
Replies: 27
Views: 2414

Re: Conscripts that don't accurately display phonemes?

I tend to try and work various "imperfections" into most of my scripts. So, for example in Viksen, certain letters aren't always pronounced (e.g. the letters for l , r and h in final position), and others are homophonous (e.g. there's two ways of writing each of /ȿ/, /ɀ/ and /ɳ/). /w/ and /j/ are ma...
by Curlyjimsam
Sat 30 Jul 2016, 22:13
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Grammar question related to case and names
Replies: 17
Views: 2082

Re: Grammar question related to case and names

Finn in I named him Finn surely isn't a subject complement: it says something about the object, not the subject!
by Curlyjimsam
Sat 30 Jul 2016, 22:08
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Terrain and mountains
Replies: 6
Views: 1031

Re: Terrain and mountains

I've done plenty of hand-drawn maps with contour lines, and it works fine. You can choose how many or how few to include. Maybe use different colours, but you don't have to. Or you can shade different elevations different colours. But ultimately it's up to you and the effect you want to create (and ...
by Curlyjimsam
Fri 15 Jul 2016, 17:39
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Sca2 and stress-based rules?
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Sca2 and stress-based rules?

The fact that it's such a bother to do stress-based rules means that, quite unrealistically, stress basically never plays a part in sound change in any of my conlangs ... Creyeditor's idea of marking stress via rule is a good one. If there are exceptions to the regular pattern you'd probably want to...
by Curlyjimsam
Fri 15 Jul 2016, 17:37
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Gaining an accusative marker?
Replies: 6
Views: 969

Re: Gaining an accusative marker?

Several languages have object markers derived from verbs meaning "take, seize". Another possible source is dative or allative marking (as in Spanish).
by Curlyjimsam
Tue 12 Jul 2016, 21:22
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: linguistics knowledge requirement question
Replies: 22
Views: 1828

Re: linguistics knowledge requirement question

I'd say it took two or three years from me first starting to make languages seriously to actually creating a reasonably good one. But it may well be possible to move faster than that. A lot of it comes with practice, and a lot of it comes with dedication - with not being content to stop at the basic...
by Curlyjimsam
Tue 12 Jul 2016, 21:16
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Tips for Backwards Derivation?
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Tips for Backwards Derivation?

I'd agree that backwards derivation is difficult. Last time I tried it (many years ago), I ultimately decided it was easier to give up and start again from scratch. But it can be made to work if you're prepared to put in the effort. A word of advice, though - you will almost certainly have to change...
by Curlyjimsam
Tue 12 Jul 2016, 21:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Stave System
Replies: 27
Views: 2272

Re: Stave System

I'd be wary of making it too systematic; real writing systems often aren't.
by Curlyjimsam
Fri 17 Jun 2016, 19:35
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How did you learn the IPA?
Replies: 22
Views: 1506

Re: How did you learn the IPA?

Mostly just by using it a lot and spending inordinate amounts of time on conlanging forums ... (Though back then using Unicode on the Internet created all sorts of problems, so people tended to use X-SAMPA instead. Have new conlangers today even heard of that? I don't remember ever really learning a...
by Curlyjimsam
Thu 09 Jun 2016, 12:00
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Creating Conculture from a Conlang
Replies: 27
Views: 2857

Re: Creating Conculture from a Conlang

That is not possible. Most conlangs are created without regarding a conculture. A language tells few things about a culture. It may tell minor details, such as politeness in Japanese. If everyone, including atheists, says something like "God bless you", it means that the sentence is an idiom and th...
by Curlyjimsam
Thu 09 Jun 2016, 11:50
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Conworlds that don't take place within our Universe
Replies: 10
Views: 1227

Re: Conworlds that don't take place within our Universe

A rather boring example, but in my world Venus and Mars are fully inhabitable - and always have been; it's not due to human intervention or anything - which obviously they aren't in the real world. And convergent evolution goes rather further than it would ever be likely to in reality, due to some r...