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by HoskhMatriarch
Fri 27 Jan 2017, 07:28
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Is Naturalistic Conlanging a Coherent Idea?
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Is Naturalistic Conlanging a Coherent Idea?

(I apologize in advanced for the rambling on several different points, some of which are contradictory, but all can potentially lead to the same conclusion.) Well, the whole idea behind "naturalistic conlanging" is that conlanging is an art form. The problem with that is that any idea of "naturalism...
by HoskhMatriarch
Thu 12 Jan 2017, 10:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6618
Views: 515775

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

Do satellite-framed and verb-framed languages correlate with head-marking vs. dependent-marking? It seems that most languages with applicatives, derivational or inflectional prefixes in general (undo, outrun, etc. in English), and verb particles (whether Northern European-style or like in many "anal...
by HoskhMatriarch
Wed 14 Dec 2016, 22:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13860
Views: 849719

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

LinguoFranco wrote:Do you prefer agglutinative or fusional languages?
All the languages. Mostly somewhere in-between though because that's where most of the fun stuff happens. There's only so much you can do with Turkish and German.
by HoskhMatriarch
Wed 14 Dec 2016, 09:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang with a bunch of phonemes
Replies: 6
Views: 784

Re: Conlang with a bunch of phonemes

Linguifex wrote:Because every conworld needs a Ubykh.
This looks like an awesome language so far, but I would hardly call it a Ubykh...
by HoskhMatriarch
Wed 14 Dec 2016, 09:17
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: "Conlanging Blues" and zero self-esteem
Replies: 18
Views: 2491

Re: "Conlanging Blues" and zero self-esteem

@Chagen Just find some other groups/individuals to hang out with (mostly real life), get some other hobbies, maybe take a break, but don't quit conlanging if you like it. Yeah, it's niche, but people who do extremely niche things are always the coolest. You just need to be sort of well-rounded, beca...
by HoskhMatriarch
Wed 12 Oct 2016, 16:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13860
Views: 849719

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

If it is possible to do in a non-Arabic/Semitic language, then no. I would just go light on the Arabic stuff if I didn't want my language to be a clone of Arabic. @Frislander Ergativity doesn't make you not need a passive, since it's about the subject, not semantic roles. Ergativity isn't really a c...
by HoskhMatriarch
Tue 11 Oct 2016, 07:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13860
Views: 849719

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

I've always thought of (modifier) "what" and "quel" as determiners, rather than adjectives. For example, in both English and French, nouns modified by adjectives can also take articles (e.g. the old car, la vieille voiture). But a noun modified by "what" or "quel" can't take an article (e.g. * the ...
by HoskhMatriarch
Sun 09 Oct 2016, 23:18
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Weird Russian Personality Typing System
Replies: 1
Views: 702

Weird Russian Personality Typing System

I'm sure everyone here is familiar with MBTI, and if you're like me, you're annoyed with it, because it just makes people try to turn themselves into stereotypes (all hail the INTJ Mastermind forum). The Russians seem to have something similar. Since I've seen people post tests like the consumer typ...
by HoskhMatriarch
Sun 09 Oct 2016, 23:05
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Howe & Strauss generational theory
Replies: 20
Views: 7433

Re: Howe & Strauss generational theory

We can be heroes

(This is a silly theory. Where did he pull this from? I don't see where he could have and am tempted to say "a certain body part" but I should probably be more polite than that.)
by HoskhMatriarch
Sat 08 Oct 2016, 01:02
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Why do soldiers risk their lives in wars?
Replies: 135
Views: 18099

Re: Why do soldiers risk their lives in wars?

These animals, particularly dolphins and chimps, are not decently intelligent, they're highly intelligent. And by what means are you able to determine the individual thoughts of a chimpanzee when some sort of terrible thing happens? How do you know they don't wonder why? The real crux of the matter...
by HoskhMatriarch
Thu 06 Oct 2016, 06:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Alaian
Replies: 13
Views: 1766

Re: Alaian

This is cool. Why are you not going to be conlanging though? Well, you said "probably", so that's not an "I solemnly swear to never conlang again".
by HoskhMatriarch
Wed 05 Oct 2016, 23:11
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Joining affixes to words, and word endings
Replies: 9
Views: 1209

Re: Joining affixes to words, and word endings

Yes. Regular morphophonological processes, even quite baroque ones, are not only possible but pretty common in agglutination (although usually it's not quite Navajo-level).
by HoskhMatriarch
Wed 05 Oct 2016, 23:08
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Why do soldiers risk their lives in wars?
Replies: 135
Views: 18099

Re: Why do soldiers risk their lives in wars?

On the topic of people/non-people: Dolphins, elephants, chimps, etc. aren't people because they're not as self-aware as humans. If some sort of terrible thing happens to a human being, s/he'll probably start asking "why?" and looking to religion, art, science, philosophy, etc. and possibly talk to o...
by HoskhMatriarch
Fri 19 Aug 2016, 06:00
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Sciency planet stuff
Replies: 15
Views: 1947

Re: Sciency planet stuff

didn't you once mention that this was taking place in a hollowed-out world/asteroid/other place? that means somebody took the time to make it hollow, and to put struts and concrete or whatever to ensure it won't collapse. No, I think you have me confused with someone else. But anyways, even if I ma...
by HoskhMatriarch
Fri 19 Aug 2016, 02:05
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Sciency planet stuff
Replies: 15
Views: 1947

Re: Sciency planet stuff

Well, it was just supposed to be questions about how to do stuff. I don't really know much about geography or astrophysics or whatever I need to know. The different color planets are supposed to be how they look from the ground to humans (like Mars is the "red planet", I want to have some that obvio...
by HoskhMatriarch
Thu 18 Aug 2016, 21:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6618
Views: 515775

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

Why is it that English has the /eɪ/ diphtong yet we have the /ɛ/ vowel and not /e/? Well, I consider English to have /e/ and /ɛ/, since [eɪ] never contrasts with [eː]. /e/ also seems to have a decent number of allophones besides [eɪ] but always including something like [e] or [ɛ]. The same is true ...
by HoskhMatriarch
Thu 18 Aug 2016, 21:17
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Sciency planet stuff
Replies: 15
Views: 1947

Sciency planet stuff

As far as sciency planet stuff goes, I'm rather lost. I know what Kön' is supposed to look like but not what would cause it to look that way. I'm also not sure if certain things are realistic, like having a planet considerably bigger than Earth (well, at least a couple times bigger) or having the mo...
by HoskhMatriarch
Thu 18 Aug 2016, 08:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang Areal Tests
Replies: 25
Views: 2505

Re: Conlang Areal Tests

Naturalistic conlangs are relex [es] of natural languages, My understanding of the term "relex" is a little more stringent than that. Yes. Which natlang is Tz'reichs a relex of? I made up a lot of the grammatical constructions, pragmatics, and semantics myself rather than taking them from any natla...
by HoskhMatriarch
Thu 18 Aug 2016, 07:09
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2376
Views: 164152

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCOCiXk6ZMM I think now I'm going back to listening to things other than metal, but eh, had to listen to someone recite Hildebrandslied to a metal song for 9 minutes and 20 seconds :P That also kind of makes me want to sketch out the heavy metal jokelang again. Edit: ...
by HoskhMatriarch
Thu 18 Aug 2016, 05:29
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11128
Views: 708301

Re: What did you accomplish today?

- I made more words (although not many) excellent! (can we see?) Well, I put a lot of the words in the CWS dictionary, and that's public. - started working on how the lang is going to be named (which is a bit more complicated than how langs are named in English, mostly because you say "the language...