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by Axiem
Mon 26 Mar 2018, 04:59
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Help with IPA for my vowels
Replies: 3
Views: 834

Re: Help with IPA for my vowels

I've found this wikipedia page to be quite helpful for hammering down various things in IPA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet_chart_for_English_dialects This one, too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA/English Also, this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_phonol...
by Axiem
Fri 23 Mar 2018, 02:51
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6660
Views: 538661

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

In IPA, what's the difference between ⟨t͡s⟩ and ⟨ts⟩, if there even is a significant difference in pronunciation?
by Axiem
Fri 09 Mar 2018, 17:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 89
Views: 16999

Re: Mto

I've started poking at a new story set in Mto (in particular, set in Entleis), and without going further I've run into a number of things that are part of world-building: - How does currency/banking work? (In particular, how does money work in a society with common matter-manipulating magic?) - Are ...
by Axiem
Sat 03 Mar 2018, 23:58
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: New language discovered recently in Malaysia.
Replies: 17
Views: 2639

Re: New language discovered recently in Malaysia.

Lambuzhao wrote:
Sat 03 Mar 2018, 20:07
A dissertation advisor? [:S]
That's almost as good as a military, right?
by Axiem
Sat 03 Mar 2018, 23:57
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2382
Views: 171080

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

moshmo wrote:
Sat 03 Mar 2018, 21:36
Nice. I just started The Fifth Season. I haven't quite caught onto the world yet but I'm definitely intrigued.
I think the way she does worldbuilding is pretty good, though I have Opinions about the linguistic aspects of things, but I shan't share them until you've finished the trilogy :)
by Axiem
Fri 02 Mar 2018, 15:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: New language discovered recently in Malaysia.
Replies: 17
Views: 2639

Re: New language discovered recently in Malaysia.

Salmoneus wrote:
Fri 02 Mar 2018, 14:58
why exactly is this considered a 'new language' suddenly
My guess is that they suddenly acquired an army?
by Axiem
Fri 02 Mar 2018, 05:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6660
Views: 538661

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

By Vectron! Don't you know about Vectron? I thought everybody knew about Vectron , by Vectron! I have a full-time job and am a parent to three young kids, so my awareness of funny videos and pop culture sorts of things is more limited than it was in my halcyon college days, and largely focused on t...
by Axiem
Thu 01 Mar 2018, 23:19
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6660
Views: 538661

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

Salmoneus wrote:
Thu 01 Mar 2018, 22:45
What, by Vectron?
I suspect there's an in-joke or some other media reference here that goes over my head, especially with the earlier reference to a claw. Mind explaining the reference? (As I assume it's not the manufacturer of precision oscillators)
by Axiem
Thu 01 Mar 2018, 22:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6660
Views: 538661

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

I'd imagine Jupiter's hand is a metaphor for his power. To be altogether honest, the point where this sort of thing pinged me and I started wondering at it was a number of years ago when I read a character swear "By Jupiter's hairy balls!" or something along those lines. So...a metaphor for his vir...
by Axiem
Thu 01 Mar 2018, 21:44
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6660
Views: 538661

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

I'm trying to think of an instance of that meaning outside of oaths, and I'm struggling to think of any. It feels more like "by" gained that meaning as a result of being translated from "pro"—so I'm wondering how it got picked instead of "before" or "for" or anything like that. Who said neither of ...
by Axiem
Thu 01 Mar 2018, 20:33
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6660
Views: 538661

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

Wiktionary , "by", sense 12 — Indicates an oath: With the authority of. I'm trying to think of an instance of that meaning outside of oaths, and I'm struggling to think of any. It feels more like "by" gained that meaning as a result of being translated from "pro"—so I'm wondering how it got picked ...
by Axiem
Thu 01 Mar 2018, 18:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6660
Views: 538661

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

swearing by a deity What does it mean to swear "by" something? Like, when I think of how I use "by" in other ways, it's things like the instrumental ("I wrote this by pen") or a location preposition meaning "next to": ("The pen is by the pencil") or to indicate authorship (which is potentially a me...
by Axiem
Thu 01 Mar 2018, 03:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6660
Views: 538661

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

I am trying to get a better handle on oaths/swears, and how they're derived. It's the sort of thing I use all the time, but don't have any real sense of how they work grammatically. I'll start with a question that's been bothering me: the word "by" in English. So for instance, in the phrase "By Jove...
by Axiem
Wed 28 Feb 2018, 15:33
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2382
Views: 171080

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

I just finished up N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy. It's good, and I recommend it. I rather hope the third book wins the Hugo for Best Novel this year.
by Axiem
Tue 27 Feb 2018, 19:27
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: taking over done ideas and making them interesting
Replies: 16
Views: 2747

Re: taking over done ideas and making them interesting

There's no need to call a rabbit a smeerp. I generally agree with this advice; you shouldn't make up a whole bunch of words just because. However, words do have cultural connotations to readers. Readers do have expectations on what words mean, and what they imply. "Rabbit" is not generally one of t...
by Axiem
Tue 27 Feb 2018, 16:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 89
Views: 16999

Re: Mto

Entleis sounds like an interesting place😉 ... I'm interested to hear more about them and their society. What are dé & shó, for example? So, Entleis. Entleis is a nation on an archipelago eat of Porran, on the western side of the Great Ocean (that doesn't have a better name yet). If you look at the ...
by Axiem
Mon 26 Feb 2018, 19:03
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 89
Views: 16999

Re: Mto

Here Under what circumstances, if any, is arranged marriage allowed? In Mto, Among the Tánsùl diaspora, those that follow the traditional ways (instead of trying to blend in to local cultures), arranged marriage is still the norm; the matriarchs of the diaspora act as match-makers, working with the...
by Axiem
Mon 26 Feb 2018, 19:02
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread
Replies: 490
Views: 74183

Re: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread

Under what circumstances, if any, is arranged marriage allowed? In Mto, Among the Tánsùl diaspora, those that follow the traditional ways (instead of trying to blend in to local cultures), arranged marriage is still the norm; the matriarchs of the diaspora act as match-makers, working with the moth...
by Axiem
Mon 26 Feb 2018, 17:14
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: taking over done ideas and making them interesting
Replies: 16
Views: 2747

Re: taking over done ideas and making them interesting

Mto's necromancy (such as it is) is known as thanatology in English, but the world is also running under the idea that what we call "magic", they consider just part of "science", so all of the branches of "magic" are given their (English) names more in line with our scientific disciplines. (In-world...
by Axiem
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 19:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 89
Views: 16999

Re: Mto

I was thinking about this part of the discussion today, and I think I figured out why it feels odd to me: normally, when a god says "hey, THIS is My Name", worshippers go out of their way to either not mispronounce it - or to not pronounce it...YHWH is YHWH is YHWH, and Vishnu is Vishnu is Vishnu. ...