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by Salmoneus
16 Nov 2019 02:06
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Origin of some English orthography inconsistencies
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: Origin of some English orthography inconsistencies

Did this happen at some point for English? You do know about wikipedia and the like, yes? 800 > 1300 > 1700 > 2000 <ow> /ou/ > /u:/ > /au/ > /au/ (as in <now>) No. /au/ is from /u:/. I can't think of any words with original /ou/ in them. In "now", "bow" and "how", the Old English had /u:/ (nu:, bu:...
by Salmoneus
13 Nov 2019 00:16
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 285

Re: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic

2. Yes, ^ stands for the AND operator. It's a standard logic symbol, used especially commonly in mathematics and philosophy. ⊢ is called a "turnstile" and means "proves/yields". The "etc etc" stood for all other possible combinations of negation in the variables A, B, C, D. Specifically, both the a...
by Salmoneus
12 Nov 2019 00:08
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 285

Re: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic

Second: Computers don't have to be linear We think of computers as running a sequence of commands. But these, of course, are equivalent to simple logical propositions, which is why computer people still use terms like "logic gate" - a logic gate, as it were, enacts a logical operator. For instance, ...
by Salmoneus
11 Nov 2019 18:52
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 285

Re: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic

Computers don't have to be mechanical Indeed, modern computers rely on electricity. REALLY!?!? However, electricity is still mechanical in the sense intended here. Well, demons don't work for nothing ... you have to pay them! Not if you have a sharp stick Can you explain to me what you mean by "occ...
by Salmoneus
11 Nov 2019 15:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 285

Re: RE: Making a Computer that runs on Magic

The first application comes to mind is: 4. A magical basic unit of information which is more than the binary 0 or 1. That doesn't require magic! Remember, binary computing is the invention, non-binary is the default. Binary computers were invented in the 17th century, but weren't seriously implemen...
by Salmoneus
08 Nov 2019 22:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: what brought you to conlanging?
Replies: 26
Views: 411

Re: what brought you to conlanging?

I don't wish to discourage you, but you might be surprised how little overlap there is between people who build (/make/write/whatever the verb is) conlangs and people who are interested in using conlangs. To be honest, we're lucky if anyone else here is even interested on a theoretical level in what...
by Salmoneus
07 Nov 2019 16:46
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to make a Celtic lostlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: How to make a Celtic lostlang?

According to the author of Brittonica : Brittonica (Brittoníca) is a reconstructed form of late Common Brythonic dating to about the early 6th century, the time of King Arthur, shortly before the loss of final syllables led to the development of the earliest daughter languages (ancestors of Welsh, ...
by Salmoneus
07 Nov 2019 14:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5791
Views: 1370442

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

What are some ways a conlang could gain evidentiality? Well, same way it can gain anything else. All languages have evidentiality, just not grammaticalised. So grammaticalise it. "I saw he ate the fruit" > "Saw.he.ate.the.fruit" - Evidentiality! "The man, I hear, rubbed the radiator" > "The man he....
by Salmoneus
05 Nov 2019 21:37
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to make a Celtic lostlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: How to make a Celtic lostlang?

I don't think the 'why' matters, does it? My point is that Vasconic is known from Aquitanian inscriptions - which I can't find solid details on but apparently are from the 3rd to 5th centuries? - and then from fragmentary sentences in Basque from the 11th century, with nothing in between. The fact t...
by Salmoneus
05 Nov 2019 14:19
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to make a Celtic lostlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: How to make a Celtic lostlang?

Not meaning to disappoint you m8 (again), but a Galician Celtic language has been done: https://conlang.fandom.com/wiki/Galeiga The fellow has gone as far as to create a Reference Grammar of it: https://www.reddit.com/r/conlangs/comments/9eoxzn/modern_gallaecian_an_introduction_and_reference/ w/ so...
by Salmoneus
05 Nov 2019 00:17
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to make a Celtic lostlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: How to make a Celtic lostlang?

IIRC, the Celtic languages in Spain aren't attested beyond around the 2nd Century AD, presumably as a result of romanisation in the region, although that's just the written languages, so maybe there was a hold out population somewhere, but honestly it's probably easier to just say they weren't ther...
by Salmoneus
04 Nov 2019 20:35
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1776
Views: 333476

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

Oh, good thinking.



"To comfort" / "to alleviate"? [from V.Latin allenare?]
by Salmoneus
04 Nov 2019 19:08
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to make a Celtic lostlang?
Replies: 16
Views: 246

Re: How to make a Celtic lostlang?

Wouldn't it be more fun for you if we didn't tell you what your language should be like? That way, you could decide some of these things for yourself. A couple of points: - why would there be no mutations in an insular celtic language? Breton has mutations. - it's not very helpful to talk of 'contin...
by Salmoneus
04 Nov 2019 14:09
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1776
Views: 333476

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

Zekoslav wrote:
04 Nov 2019 10:57
the long vowel in the root is not an archaism, but rather an innovation due to something being lost.
Well I guessed that! (salinare > sa:nare). I don't know what prefix there could possibly be, though - supra-?
by Salmoneus
03 Nov 2019 22:10
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs
Replies: 2159
Views: 277066

Re: Guess the Word in Germanic Conlangs

The Roma?
by Salmoneus
03 Nov 2019 22:07
Forum: Translations
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 1776
Views: 333476

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

To add salt to?
by Salmoneus
03 Nov 2019 01:32
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Ogden's "Basic English" for other languages?
Replies: 17
Views: 740

Re: Ogden's "Basic English" for other languages?

Are there versions of "Basic English" created for other languages, i.e. one that contains basic words needed for basic "mastery" of a language? As of now, I am learning Russian and Persian, but any such list may be posted here for other languages as well, so that they may benefit learners of said l...
by Salmoneus
31 Oct 2019 23:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Zeko-Romance development thread
Replies: 20
Views: 2973

Re: Zeko-Romance development thread

Anyway, one idea I've had is to further scrunch up the timeline by having the lengthening of vowels in open syllables begin before the above changes are all completed. That gives you potentially up twenty vowels to play with - or up to twenty-eight including raising metaphony (and excluding lowering...
by Salmoneus
31 Oct 2019 20:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Zeko-Romance development thread
Replies: 20
Views: 2973

Re: Zeko-Romance development thread

Regarding Lucanian as 'pseudo-Sardinian', with a 'fourth' vowel outomce: there is of course another way to see this. Personally, I suspect that early Romance should be seen less as a tree-like series of binary splits, and more as the incomplete spread of a number of shifts through a dialect continuu...
by Salmoneus
31 Oct 2019 17:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 384
Views: 148601

Re: English Orthography Reform

don't change words where there's no reason too currint :wat: and you missed "grately" [xD] Did I? I just thought I understood the reason why that was changed; "great" does conflict with normal English spelling rules, whereas "current", AFAICT, doesn't. But I guess I'm missing some of your logic her...