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by Salmoneus
23 Apr 2019 01:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6911
Views: 816909

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

This definitely happens in some languages with A/O possession - agents of verbal nouns take A-possession, patients take O-possession. I wouldn't be suprised if it happened in some alienability systems too (patients as inalienable, agents as alienable). [well, I'm not certain the verbal nouns in ques...
by Salmoneus
20 Apr 2019 21:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: West Saxon Grammar Sketch v 0.0.1
Replies: 22
Views: 1712

Re: West Saxon Grammar Sketch v 0.0.1

Part of me wants to make the possessive case be used with these tenses to mark the direct object, at least somewhat. I could do it: only with animates and have inanimates just use the common case with possessive case for animates and have the inanimates use "of" periphrasis (since that's how they m...
by Salmoneus
15 Apr 2019 18:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CHirpie, a musical conlang
Replies: 18
Views: 311

Re: CHirpie, a musical conlang

Is the intention here to have something 'naturalistic', or something that's just a joke, or a thought experiment? It's obviously not naturalistic to have a tone-only language for humans, but it's not necessarily unnaturalistic to have a tone-only language for some sentient species, including perhaps...
by Salmoneus
15 Apr 2019 12:07
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Astronomy workshop
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Astronomy workshop

I'm not sure what help you want here - you have the same equations and equivalent calculator to any of us. Just enter in the numbers. If you didn't know the equation, you could have just opened up wikipedia. Which tells you that the orbital period is 2*pi*sqrt((a^3)/GM), where G is the gravitational...
by Salmoneus
13 Apr 2019 22:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14607
Views: 1215628

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

Hissing (as a language sound, as in /s/, etc) is not just the ejection of air - it's specifically the channelling of air through a groove in a wide tongue and its direction into contact with a further articulator. [I don't see what any of this has to do with ejectives, mind you] I'm not sure snakes ...
by Salmoneus
13 Apr 2019 14:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14607
Views: 1215628

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

If they can't make velar sounds, by definition they can't make clicks, which are velar sounds.
by Salmoneus
11 Apr 2019 23:08
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Religion in conworlds with magic
Replies: 10
Views: 159

Re: Religion in conworlds with magic

So, they're not really "gods", and you're not so much talking about religious practices as just... using machines? There's not a lot of difference between arranging candles in a certain way to make a ball rise through 'divine intervention', and manipulating levers and valves to make a ball rise thro...
by Salmoneus
11 Apr 2019 23:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14607
Views: 1215628

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

Now now, I didn't say to replace it with something naturalistic , per se. Attempting a verbless language could be a good intro to non-naturalistic "logical" or "philosophical" conlanging, or to alien conlanging. Or, if you take it in a naturalistic direction, you could go in the direction of noun-y ...
by Salmoneus
11 Apr 2019 18:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Religion in conworlds with magic
Replies: 10
Views: 159

Re: Religion in conworlds with magic

Sorry I guess I was a bit opaque lol. It is basically a C. The gods can be communicated with and interact with people relatively frequently. The magic system works through a sort of "ethereal plane" in which the gods also exist, so most magic has to go through that the gods and involves calling on ...
by Salmoneus
11 Apr 2019 18:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14607
Views: 1215628

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

The two things to remember with verbless languages are: - everybody goes through that phase - it's ultimately fruitless because you can't have a language without verbs The trick, therefore, is to stop making a verbless language, and hope that the bits you've retained from the 'verbless' project are ...
by Salmoneus
11 Apr 2019 11:43
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Religion in conworlds with magic
Replies: 10
Views: 159

Re: Religion in conworlds with magic

I don't understand the question. Regarding religion: it depends on the gods, clearly. If a world has immensely powerful supernatural beings in it, they will have, by definition, immense power over people's behaviour. So there are four options: a) superbeings that remain silent b) superbeings that mo...
by Salmoneus
06 Apr 2019 12:56
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: (ACH) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 279
Views: 400664

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

[I understand that you were talking about two different people called 'Albert'. I just couldn't understand how that related to the popularity of the name 'Jesús' in Spain.] Cognate means that they derive from the same origin. But often languages will have "doublets", two different words cognate to o...
by Salmoneus
05 Apr 2019 21:53
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: (ACH) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 279
Views: 400664

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

Which is a great pity, because you're making perfect sense, whereas I cannot make out what point Keenir is trying to make. Albert Einstein!? The point is that "Joshua" and "Jesus" are two different names. Just as "man" and "human" are two different words in English. The fact that both names, like bo...
by Salmoneus
04 Apr 2019 13:01
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Loss of morphological complexity over time
Replies: 17
Views: 420

Re: Loss of morphological complexity over time

For example English's simplification is correlated with adult acquisiton by speakers of Celtic and Norse. Norse and Norman French, IIRC; if it were Celtic, it should've happened earlier. But the whole notion is quite controversial; that may have played a role, but it's also possible to explain the ...
by Salmoneus
03 Apr 2019 13:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 684
Views: 161787

Re: False cognates

English: cash (coins of small denomination) English: cash (ready money) Not related. Similarly... English: cashier (to dismiss a soldier, annul, or put away) English: cashier (one who takes in money in a bank and puts it away) And by extension: English: cashier (to break up a group of soldiers and s...
by Salmoneus
03 Apr 2019 13:13
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Loss of morphological complexity over time
Replies: 17
Views: 420

Re: Loss of morphological complexity over time

sangi39 wrote:
02 Apr 2019 12:37
Final unstressed vowels were dropped completely by around the 12th or 13th Century

So soon? I'd always heard that the final -e was still pronounced in Chaucer?
by Salmoneus
29 Mar 2019 15:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14607
Views: 1215628

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

@salmoneus Thanks again. Would you say then that noun-incorporation would occur in the syntax section then? Traditionally: - the morphology of noun incorporation - what it actually entails in terms of the form of the word - goes in the morphology section. For instance, are incorporated nouns modifi...
by Salmoneus
26 Mar 2019 21:55
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14607
Views: 1215628

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

Yes. Traditionally, morphology only covers the shapes of the words; syntax covers how they are used. So you would put "the dative case is -ka" in morphology, but in syntax you'd have discussion of when recipients of ditransitives take the dative (and when a double-object construction or an oblique i...
by Salmoneus
26 Mar 2019 15:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14607
Views: 1215628

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

When writing a grammar, is there a particular order one writes the topics in? E.g. intro, pronouns and nouns, verbs, relative clauses... What order do you usually do? In general, it's probably best to cover first those topics that are likely to have to come up in examples for other sections. Hence ...
by Salmoneus
24 Mar 2019 20:14
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14607
Views: 1215628

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

"The deontic mood" doesn't exist in the abstract; different languages have different moods, so it's pointless arguing over 'but this mood should cover that!'. Semantic space is a space, not a series of discrete, pre-defined points, and different language use their moods to cover different areas. Obl...