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by Salmoneus
19 Feb 2019 18:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 62
Views: 20323

Re: English Dialects

Some words that might be worth testing if you have a splitter to hand might be: TRAP: gaff, mastic, fantastic, asp-, gasket, jasper, castle (and castor, castigate), rather BATH: asp, mass (and cast, caster, caste), alas, fasten missing from the dictionary: bastion, crass So your TRAP ones are all T...
by Salmoneus
18 Feb 2019 21:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: "Neutral" accents in second languages
Replies: 6
Views: 115

Re: "Neutral" accents in second languages

Everyone has dialectical features in every language. Although occasionally they may be partially sociolectical, as opposed to strictly geographical. If you speak General American, then that's a regionalism - it shows you're from the US (so you certainly wouldn't sound non-regional to me!), and speci...
by Salmoneus
18 Feb 2019 16:42
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 853

Re: underused settings in world building

In any case I don't think "people have no choice but to be at school, but do have a choice about university" can be anything more than a pretty partial explanation for why there are so few university-based stories, given that plenty of other genres don't involve characters who are required to be wh...
by Salmoneus
18 Feb 2019 16:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 62
Views: 20323

Re: English Dialects

But for SSBE to have surrendered the split while still preserving THOUGHT as distinct from LOT and FATHER ( = PALM, but l-restoration is common nowadays), wouldn't it have had to have preserved unmerged CLOTH for hundreds of years? Unless there's evidence that it did, it seems better to say that th...
by Salmoneus
17 Feb 2019 13:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Regional Differences in Vulgar Latin
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: Regional Differences in Vulgar Latin

Which is why, as Zekoslav alludes to, what matters is not mistakes but confusions - signs that people were unsure between two options. So confusing O and U indicates that some sound change was blurring the difference - but doesn't by itself tell us whether this was o>u or u>o, and whether one or bot...
by Salmoneus
15 Feb 2019 22:25
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80418

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

...sometimes I forget how young some people are. Yes, I remember sort of liking VotM when I read it, a long while ago, although it was very conventional. It was the introduction to the setting in novels, and it had one of the better-known authors (Christie Golden, who more recently was chosen to wr...
by Salmoneus
15 Feb 2019 00:52
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80418

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

You've never heard of Ravenloft!? Ugh, kids these days! Next you'll be saying you don't know about Dark Sun, or Spelljammer, or Planescape... Ravenloft is/was the D&D setting for horror stories. Different 'Domains' have different horror flavours, reflecting their different 'Darklords'. A Darklord i...
by Salmoneus
08 Feb 2019 16:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 853

Re: underused settings in world building

LinguistCat wrote:
08 Feb 2019 15:59
This is funny since, in fanfiction, while not as common as high school aus or coffee shop aus, there are at least some university aus out there.
I have never suggested that there are NO university stories ever. I mean, Zuleika Dobson is more than a century old...
by Salmoneus
08 Feb 2019 16:32
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 853

Re: underused settings in world building

No, we have a lot more school settings. School has the great advantage that everybody has to be there, whether they want to be or not, which automatically creates a narrative. University, people are only there because they want to be, and they have much more power over their own lives, which is muc...
by Salmoneus
08 Feb 2019 16:27
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 853

Re: underused settings in world building

I have the impression that I am sailing into blue water with my two current fiction projects. I have never seen a setting in which Elves are just humans, and Atlantis was an ancient civilization (of the said Elves) in the British Isles. So I think the Elvenpath uses a setting which is previously un...
by Salmoneus
08 Feb 2019 00:27
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 853

Re: underused settings in world building

I have the impression that I am sailing into blue water with my two current fiction projects. I have never seen a setting in which Elves are just humans, and Atlantis was an ancient civilization (of the said Elves) in the British Isles. So I think the Elvenpath uses a setting which is previously un...
by Salmoneus
05 Feb 2019 16:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 62
Views: 20323

Re: English Dialects

In any dialect anywhere? There's a lot of possibilities... Not all dialects need to be descended from the same maximally recent common ancestor. But where dialects can be described as being descended from a common ancestor through simple sound changes, it's parsimonious to do so. Is there a reason ...
by Salmoneus
02 Feb 2019 21:06
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1661
Views: 325008

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

Well, the cookbook method is actually two methods, iirc - there's a first-principles construction, and then there's a guide based on succession of climates at different latitudes, east coast vs west coast. You can work it out from first principles, but the succession of climates cheatsheet only work...
by Salmoneus
02 Feb 2019 20:50
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80418

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

You know of Spelljammer!? Forgotten Realms was terribly generic. But Ravenloft had a lot of appeal; it could mix campness with genuine darkness. And each Darklord was effectively in their own little ironic Dantean tragedy. It wasn't, of course, as po-faced as Vampire: The Masquerade or the like, but...
by Salmoneus
02 Feb 2019 14:14
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80418

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

You've never heard of Ravenloft!? Ugh, kids these days! Next you'll be saying you don't know about Dark Sun, or Spelljammer, or Planescape... Ravenloft is/was the D&D setting for horror stories. Different 'Domains' have different horror flavours, reflecting their different 'Darklords'. A Darklord is...
by Salmoneus
02 Feb 2019 14:06
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 853

Re: underused settings in world building

Question: do you think that such School Fantasy / Fiction settings (in particular) are numerous as an effect of demography (and advertising dollars/pounds/euros)? I.e., that age group watching what is essentially a tween/teen oriented soap opera. To some extent, of course - young people like watchi...
by Salmoneus
02 Feb 2019 01:25
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 853

Re: underused settings in world building

No, we have a lot more school settings. School has the great advantage that everybody has to be there, whether they want to be or not, which automatically creates a narrative. University, people are only there because they want to be, and they have much more power over their own lives, which is much...
by Salmoneus
02 Feb 2019 01:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 231
Views: 30178

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

I'd like to go into a bit more detail on one point: the idea that most people, in any possible society, must work in order to eat. Why does almost everybody work? It's not some sort of fundamental requirement to make sufficient resources. It's a reflection of our economic system, which is, as it wer...
by Salmoneus
01 Feb 2019 17:48
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 80418

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

I just had a random idea I thought I'd share. What if god(s) of a setting were like developers of a MMO game, releasing patches and expansions when they discover exploits or create new content? I have noticed that conworlds which have god(s) usually fall into one of two categories: either there is ...
by Salmoneus
01 Feb 2019 17:42
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 231
Views: 30178

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

Some don'ts for a realistic conworld: - no gender imbalance that is too high - even China, a place where artificial sex selection is performed, does not have a sex ratio of 1:200,000, 1:1000, 1:10 or even 1:2, any long-existing gender imbalance with a sex ratio surpassing something like 1:1.2 shoul...