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by elemtilas
Sat 26 May 2018, 03:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13619
Views: 748702

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

Thank you very much! I'll definitely see what I can come up with. I mostly just have the idea right now, but my conlang is far enough along that I can pretty much talk about anything. Well, the idea is a solid one. I hope you'll carry through with it! I also hope you'll consider presenting at a fut...
by elemtilas
Fri 25 May 2018, 11:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Vexillological linguistic families
Replies: 8
Views: 141

Re: Vexillological linguistic families

What about the RWB Tricoloric family? Puzzling this one out has stymied linguists for centuries. My proposal: Southwest Tricoloric = Dutch, Luxembourgish, Serbian, Croatian, Paraguayan(?) Northeast Tricoloric = Russian, Slovenian, Slovakian The coats of arms in Slovenian, Slovakian, Croatian, Serbi...
by elemtilas
Fri 25 May 2018, 02:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6542
Views: 452943

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

Are there any languages known to use what Im going to call paradoxical inflection , where a word takes an inflection with an illogical meaning, precisely because it wont be ambiguous? Well, a good many Talarian nouns are of inanimate gender (terminating in (-an) / -ar). Many of these nouns refer to...
by elemtilas
Fri 25 May 2018, 01:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13619
Views: 748702

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

I think this is the right place to ask this kind of question. However, I'm not entirely sure what you're trying to ask. Are you asking if you should do this or not? If you think it would be fun, then I'd say go for it! Yeah I guess I was asking if I should do it. Or maybe I'm asking if anyone think...
by elemtilas
Fri 25 May 2018, 01:30
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Some Snippets from The World
Replies: 299
Views: 40794

Re: Some Snippets from The World

eldin raigmore wrote:
Thu 24 May 2018, 07:04
1. Fascinating!
2. Is this the end for Aynosaqam?
Hmm. Good question!

I kind of wonder what the answer will be, myself!
by elemtilas
Fri 25 May 2018, 01:28
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Vexillological linguistic families
Replies: 8
Views: 141

Re: Vexillological linguistic families

I propose a new typology of national languages, based on their flags. The first large group I’ve noticed is Poland, Indonesia, Monaco, and Singapore. Who can elucidate their similarities? How much of that similarity is familial, and how much is typological? Do they have any deep cognates? Can we re...
by elemtilas
Thu 24 May 2018, 17:57
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 2334

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

Yes; but I rarely seem to be in the right mood and properly inspired at the same time, these days... There's also an additional problem that the stories I DO manage to finish are weird/boring. I think I'm just not sufficiently enthused by conventional plots (and/or I lack the imagination required t...
by elemtilas
Wed 23 May 2018, 19:01
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Some Snippets from The World
Replies: 299
Views: 40794

Re: Some Snippets from The World

Thief of Giants Aynosaqam had come to the Wild Country prepared for this adventure. She had a map, for one thing. Well, it was kind of vague, but that is common enough when it comes to treasure maps! And she had a big leather satchel, just right for keeping safe anything valuable someone happened t...
by elemtilas
Mon 21 May 2018, 11:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What would the English equivalent be?
Replies: 67
Views: 7048

Re: What would the English equivalent be?

The adjective for grey matter is "cinereal". What is the adjective for white matter? Well, white matter is substantia alba (grey matter is substantia cinerea). I can't find a specific adjectival form for alba in the medical dictionaries I checked, but might suggest "albine" as a good contender (eve...
by elemtilas
Sun 20 May 2018, 20:24
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 2334

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

Speaking of my own project, The Elvenpath , the main reason why my Elves are humans, nothing more and nothing less, is: I want to express my views of the human condition and the meaning of life through the project. And that demands that the characters are human , because with non-human characters, ...
by elemtilas
Sun 20 May 2018, 13:31
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 2334

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, and therefore wondered if you’ve written any short stories or such that can be read online? If so, would you be willing to post some links? If not, just out of curiosity, are you ...
by elemtilas
Sun 20 May 2018, 05:07
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse
Replies: 11
Views: 293

Re: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse

Axiem wrote:
Sun 20 May 2018, 04:37
elemtilas wrote:
Sat 19 May 2018, 23:14
There is one the USA that divides, one half flowing to the Pacific and one half flowing ultimately to the Atlantic via the Gulf of Mexico.
...which one is that, again?
Check out Two Ocean Pass in Wyoming.

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by elemtilas
Sat 19 May 2018, 23:14
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse
Replies: 11
Views: 293

Re: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse

Then, there's the Great Banyan. At any rate, I think most of the river "issues" in your map can be pretty easily explained and you won't have to entirely rework the map or discombobulate your world. Rivers dó bifurcate, and there are plenty of examples here on Earth. There is one the USA that divide...
by elemtilas
Sat 19 May 2018, 00:49
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse
Replies: 11
Views: 293

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. It's a FANTASY WORLD . Rivers can work however the geopoet wishes them to w...
by elemtilas
Fri 18 May 2018, 17:59
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse
Replies: 11
Views: 293

Re: Tukiri: The Aggressively Optimistic Post-Apocalypse

Cool! New world!

Nice map style, by the way, and good orientation information. I think I speak for many who welcome you here and hope to hear more about the AOPA! For example, what makes it aggressively optimistic, what kind of Pockyclypse, etc?
by elemtilas
Fri 18 May 2018, 13:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 2334

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

note: we're getting a bit off topic sooo let's end it here and restart. anyone else want to share opinions on why humans are the focus in most stories? Ultimately I think all the answers given thus far boil down to "they're easy". Easy to write about (because they're us); easy to read about (becaus...
by elemtilas
Thu 17 May 2018, 18:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Laurel vs. Yanni
Replies: 15
Views: 421

Re: Laurel vs. Yanni

So, what about those of us that just heard the horrible conflation of irritating computer quasispeech? Except at the far ends of that slider thing, i just hear a kind of garmble, like there's two words overlapping. Anybody else hear "yaMMy" rather than "yaNNy"? Sweetie pie says she listened and had ...
by elemtilas
Thu 17 May 2018, 18:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11034
Views: 632867

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Sounds toe-tappingly good! I think so! I am very excited about how well all the images came out! This will be the fourth person who I've gotten World related artwork from thus far. I'm pleased thus far with all of them, but this is the first time I've actually done a proper commission with. Even ju...
by elemtilas
Thu 17 May 2018, 16:52
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 2334

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

hey i know this is like a really contrived reason for why I'm the way i am but....i had a brain injury way back in freshmen year, and take away my ability to visualize things as clearly now a days. it impacted my writing by a lot and i have trouble describing actions. even back then i struggle but ...
by elemtilas
Thu 17 May 2018, 11:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11034
Views: 632867

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Today I finished working with an artist who made a series of pictures of people from The World. Five queens of various countries in the Eastlands. Certainly blows my poor pen & pencil sketches out of the proverbial water! Will you be posting them? There's hoping! Oh, very cool! I hope we get to see...