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by Salmoneus
21 Jul 2019 00:00
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Referring to a subject only once
Replies: 5
Views: 81

Re: Referring to a subject only once

Or you could make the cubs part of mother wolf: mother wolf rallied herself in the cubs. As silly as this sounds, I think you'd get used to it quickly and it would become 2nd nature if all such clauses were formed like that. And it would be just as transparent as doing it the English way. I like th...
by Salmoneus
20 Jul 2019 22:42
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Referring to a subject only once
Replies: 5
Views: 81

Re: Referring to a subject only once

Sure, you could say "mother wolf rallied cubs". It's clear from knowledge of cubs that the cubs have a progenitor - it's a relative term. It's reasonable to assume from context that the relative term is anchored in a prominent speech participant, hence, mother wolf. If they WEREN'T mother wolf's cub...
by Salmoneus
19 Jul 2019 22:39
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is diachronic conlanging worth it?
Replies: 7
Views: 135

Re: Is diachronic conlanging worth it?

I think naturalism is more about processes than about end-points. We invoke proto-languages not just because it makes a nicer "end product", but because the process of thinking diachronically, making ourselves explain things through their history, is just part of the process. It's... fun. Is it wort...
by Salmoneus
16 Jul 2019 19:46
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?
Replies: 21
Views: 9553

Re: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?

I think my conpeople might say the question “do AIs have souls?” is a mystery. But they’d say the question “do AIs have minds?” was a problem; but now the answer is known to be “some of them do, yes”. So I’m going to replace the mystery “do AIs have souls?” with the problem “do AIs have minds?”. Gi...
by Salmoneus
13 Jul 2019 01:02
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Assistance sought with very far future setting
Replies: 11
Views: 238

Re: Assistance sought with very far future setting

Their colony currently looks much like late Edo-period Japan, but that's both intentional and misleading: they like the aesthetics, and they're working very hard to build up their tech base, which is mostly late-20th to early 21st century in terms of indigenous production capabilities; you can't sh...
by Salmoneus
13 Jul 2019 00:09
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Assistance sought with very far future setting
Replies: 11
Views: 238

Re: Assistance sought with very far future setting

Yes - you could propose any language whatsoever as being a descendent of Japanese from 20,000 years in the future, and be just as plausible as with any other language. There will be, in effect, zero connection between Japanese and this language. At most, you might have some very tiny links, like pro...
by Salmoneus
12 Jul 2019 12:17
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Assistance sought with very far future setting
Replies: 11
Views: 238

Re: Assistance sought with very far future setting

The setting is a relatively new extrasolar colony, about a hundred years old. The initial colony population was about 35,000 people. One complication is the time, 20,000 years in the future. Anyway, the story revolves around the only survivor of the one pre-FTL colony ship (it was a sleeper ship) t...
by Salmoneus
09 Jul 2019 12:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1279983

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

If you have no strong phonaesthetic tastes, then you have no problem - just string together any random phonemes (according to the phonotactic rules you choose) and there you go. It only becomes difficult if you expect there to be some mystical 'rightness' to any particular words. But of course we on...
by Salmoneus
01 Jul 2019 22:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1279983

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

However, it's AFAICR very rare for the accusative and the ergative cases to be the same. I'm not certain on that, though, so do correct me, people.
by Salmoneus
30 Jun 2019 22:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: How would you denote this grammatical category
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: How would you denote this grammatical category

I agree - "cook" is not to "eat" as "search" is to "find". "Search" and "find" are very closely related - indeed, they refer to the same event. "Search" refers to a process, and "find" refers to the successful completion of that process - it's closely related to aspect and telicity. Note that you ca...
by Salmoneus
30 Jun 2019 14:04
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1738
Views: 350343

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

That is indeed the traditional SF set up (cf Foundation, Battlestar Galactica, etc). Usually the reason is that nuclear warfare and/or just nuclear powerplants (depending on how anti-nuclear you are) made the planet uninhabitable.
by Salmoneus
17 Jun 2019 13:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1279983

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

I think a confusion may be the choice of examples - the derivation from "I hit you" to "I make you wild" seems almost random, not a regular inflection. [if "I hit you" > "I make you wild", what does "I punch you" or "I kick you" inflect to?] However, you seem to have answered your own question regar...
by Salmoneus
08 Jun 2019 19:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1738
Views: 350343

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

So, I've got another climate question (maybe I'm just overthinking this). I've got this rough sketch of a planet: https://i.postimg.cc/Yqz5vjpL/rough-map.png The northern continent looks bound to be very humid, unless there's a serious rain shadow involved (and I plan not to have one). I wonder wha...
by Salmoneus
25 May 2019 12:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1279983

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

I am currently trying to debate the phonemic status of /j/ in my language. Historically, this phoneme became /d/ intervocally and was lost after a consonant, leaving it only in initial position. Would it be phonemic if it still made minimal pairs? Of course - being able to make minimal pairs is wha...
by Salmoneus
22 May 2019 00:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1279983

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

The language has three numbers singular, dual (form by infixing <-ϳ(ε)-> after a word's first vowel), and plural (formed by placing <-χϙο> after a dual's final vowel). Thus, "stars" translates to "υϳεδυχϙο." Considering the formation rules above, is Υϳεϸαυδυχϙο or Ϛϸαυϳεδυχϙο the more likely transl...
by Salmoneus
16 May 2019 22:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1279983

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

I'm no expert, but as a general guide, iirc I've encountered six different sources of tone: - loss or neutralisation of coda consonants. Generally fricatives lead to low tones, sfaiaa. However, tones can change around once they're created, so... anyway, glottal stops being lost can result in either ...
by Salmoneus
14 May 2019 22:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1279983

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

Tense usually isn't that important. On the rare occasions when it is important, it's usually clear from context - because if tense is important, it's because something is urgent, and urgency is usually made very clear from context. If someone tells you "house burn down", it's easy to tell if they me...
by Salmoneus
13 May 2019 21:47
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 782
Views: 224580

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

Do you specifically need/want your characters all to be white? There's quite a few Franco-African surnames with diacritics. Dembélé , for instance*. Less commonly, Kéréku (as in the president). Or you could go the whole hog and have messers Đổng and Biện ... *I don't know, off hand, anyone who had a...
by Salmoneus
13 May 2019 00:14
Forum: Translations
Topic: Inventions of the 21st century
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: Inventions of the 21st century

virtuęl-litterbręð (if you mean a computer keyboard) virtuęl-tastor (if you mean a piano keyboard) sioselmigia (real-world term for certain websites) seussiąl medią (used in academic and conceptual discussions) stokerfrey loco (but sometimes seolfstoken loco , particular in dryer, more technical co...
by Salmoneus
12 May 2019 20:56
Forum: Translations
Topic: Inventions of the 21st century
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: Inventions of the 21st century

Fun fact: all of these things were invented in the 20th century. Touchscreens were developed in the 1960s, and came into widespread use during the 70s and 80s. Virtual keyboards in the western sense were around at least by 1993, with the Newton and the Simon (the first smartphone), though by then to...