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by Axiem
Sun 08 Apr 2018, 20:31
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 20143

Re: Mto

So, tell us what Tyangu gets up to? Is she interested in music like Kokopelli & Huehuecoyotl? Tyangu wouldn't particularly be into music as music—but I'm sure she'd enjoy the music of Weird Al. She's a fan of comedy, of jests, of fun and jokes. Satire is the sort of thing she really enjoys, as is p...
by Axiem
Sun 08 Apr 2018, 04:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6754
Views: 590756

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

How would he spell the word [øykre]? (Women speak English too. Fluently, even!) As an American, the answer is "I wouldn't". Neither [ø] nor [y] occur in my dialect of English, so it's not like I have ready-made characters to use for them. As well, straight [e] isn't particularly common; it's more o...
by Axiem
Sun 08 Apr 2018, 03:53
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Mto
Replies: 90
Views: 20143

Re: Mto

I can't quite seem to let go of the cosmology issue, though as I think through it and talk through it with people in real life, I may (slowly) be finally coming to some decisions. In particular with this post is that the deities distinctly don't have "domains", just "interests", but are also much mo...
by Axiem
Fri 06 Apr 2018, 18:16
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6754
Views: 590756

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

Are there languages without /h/, and if so, how do they represent laughing sounds, such as the ones that in English we spell <hahahah>?
by Axiem
Mon 26 Mar 2018, 15:43
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6754
Views: 590756

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

That makes sense, I think, even if I can't hear it well. Okay, another question. Do languages that are SOV word order typically have case marking or particles or some way of more clearly differentiating the subject and the object (such as in Latin or Japanese), or do a lot of them just rely purely o...
by Axiem
Mon 26 Mar 2018, 04:59
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Help with IPA for my vowels
Replies: 3
Views: 1260

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: 6754
Views: 590756

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: 90
Views: 20143

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: 3250

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: 2396
Views: 189176

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: 3250

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: 6754
Views: 590756

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: 6754
Views: 590756

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: 6754
Views: 590756

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: 6754
Views: 590756

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: 6754
Views: 590756

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: 6754
Views: 590756

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: 6754
Views: 590756

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: 2396
Views: 189176

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: 3488

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...