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by Salmoneus
17 Jan 2019 23:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6823
Views: 766528

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

Needless to say, an in the answer to all questions about "languages in general": it depends. I'm sure in some languages it is acceptable to use otherwise taboo words in clearly non-taboo contexts. However, it is indeed very common for taboo deformation and taboo suppletion to be used instead.
by Salmoneus
16 Jan 2019 21:33
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2416
Views: 238972

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

"Homecoming"

[it's annoying, though: I think Richter needs to hold back slightly in a few places that I think he rushes through too quickly... but in every other respect he's so much better than any other recording that once you've heard his version it's hard to tolerate all the others...]
by Salmoneus
16 Jan 2019 02:52
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 671
Views: 150800

Re: False cognates

It's not as mindblowing as Dormouse's recent revelations, but I've always assumed that pell-mell was in some way cognate either directly to the (busy) street, Pall Mall , or to the (confused) game the street is named after, pall mall , both of which are pronounced with /{/, which isn't that far from...
by Salmoneus
04 Jan 2019 15:54
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 212
Views: 28475

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

Oh, and Salmoneus’ economic analysis of the value of women was extremely interesting! I really should try and apply some economic principles to my conworlding. Yes! A good starting point is the principle that in a resource-rich context (where you have more resources than you have people to extract ...
by Salmoneus
04 Jan 2019 14:57
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1655
Views: 314874

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

It would be controversial for two reasons: - a non-Japanese person appropriate Japanese symbolism in order to create a setting based on negative stereotypes of Japanese people at the most controversial period in their history is going to risk seeming exploitative. - anything involving WWII-era Japan...
by Salmoneus
03 Jan 2019 21:05
Forum: Translations
Topic: Purple Cow
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: Purple Cow

Bah humbug - I was just about to recite the sequel poem, and you went and linked it...
by Salmoneus
03 Jan 2019 02:20
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 212
Views: 28475

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

I wouldn't say that breaking multiple "human universals" is a sign of bad writing, but you have to be very careful about WHY they are broken and what effects this has on your conculture. Most of ketc's "universals" are just restatements of economic tautologies. Also, what would it mean for other ar...
by Salmoneus
03 Jan 2019 01:54
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 212
Views: 28475

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

Some persons might claim the "murder proscribed" part has exceptions e.g. human sacrifice Those persons would necessarily be idiots, however, or ignorant of what words mean. There are no circumstances under which murder is ever considered not to be a moral wrong. If killing someone is considered to...
by Salmoneus
29 Dec 2018 13:14
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 130917

Re: English Orthography Reform

isn't we'll homophonous with wool ? Not that I've ever heard. It it sometimes realised the same way as wheel , though. When I speak quickly, my "we'll" can become /wəl~wl̩/, which does sound a bit like /ˈwʊl/. Hmm. I suppose I can see that happening. But for me, it would reduce to /wIl/, and /I/ is...
by Salmoneus
28 Dec 2018 21:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 130917

Re: English Orthography Reform

Nortaneous wrote:
28 Dec 2018 21:33
I think 'any' and 'many' ~always have /e/ in North America - do they have /æ/ elsewhere?
No, /E/ (penny, petty, etc).
isn't we'll homophonous with wool?
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Not that I've ever heard. It it sometimes realised the same way as wheel, though.
by Salmoneus
28 Dec 2018 21:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14393
Views: 1135581

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

I have a new Uralic project gain, but "my basic Uralic phonology" would still need some extra/special/strange pheneme. How to make it interesting? My own tip: I don't think I've ever seen a language become "interesting" by having a "strange phoneme". If the language is interesting, it'll still be i...
by Salmoneus
27 Dec 2018 23:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 130917

Re: English Orthography Reform

Well, most people immediately affected by spelling reform either can already spell, or are babies who will learn as natives... But from observing a child's learning to read and write: learning to read English is much easier than learning to write English. Learning to read almost always involves redu...
by Salmoneus
27 Dec 2018 20:30
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1655
Views: 314874

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

Question: I want a group of Concultures to believe in a Ethnic Stereotype that another conculture they are enemies of, know of an herb that makes people diabetic if eaten, and that they feed prisoners of war that they want to sacrifice to their pantheon this herb, and when he or she is about to die...
by Salmoneus
27 Dec 2018 19:56
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 856
Views: 130917

Re: English Orthography Reform

ENGLISH To me it seems quite senseless to make a special spelling system for the USA or for North America. In TESS we once made a survey among friends and acquaintances, and very few people approved of different spellings for different standards. So the HS (House Stile) doesnt make any changes that...
by Salmoneus
26 Dec 2018 18:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introduction to Sikwenchu
Replies: 78
Views: 1205

Re: Introduction to Sikwenchu

You say that you include certain grammatical structure so that English speakers can easily express what they would express in English. But what about Tagalog speakers who want to easily express what they would express in Tagalog? What about Ojibwe speakers who want to easily express what they would ...
by Salmoneus
25 Dec 2018 19:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introduction to Sikwenchu
Replies: 78
Views: 1205

Re: Introduction to Sikwenchu

The language is simply a registered work with the Copyright office as is typical for book publications. No, it isn't. Languages probably aren't copyrightable. What is copyright is the specific text of your book. And above you talked about having a registered trademark, yet used the 'TM' symbol. 'TM...
by Salmoneus
25 Dec 2018 00:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Introduction to Sikwenchu
Replies: 78
Views: 1205

Re: Introduction to Sikwenchu

The design of Sikwenchu™ has roots in Chinese, Japanese, French and Spanish, from a grammatical perspective. Quick note: this sentence is nonsense, and, like several other of your sentences, is kind of a red flag that you don't really know what you're talking about, from a linguistic perspective. W...
by Salmoneus
24 Dec 2018 13:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1655
Views: 314874

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

I think the idea here is to discuss ideas, rather than to proselytise for one particular sect.
by Salmoneus
24 Dec 2018 02:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Is my script insane enough, too insane, or anadew?
Replies: 7
Views: 264

Re: Is my script insane enough, too insane, or anadew?

So the meaning changes at different times of day? Or if the reader turns in a circle? Because the relative positions of the astronomical bodies will change in this way.
by Salmoneus
24 Dec 2018 01:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1655
Views: 314874

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

I’m designing a panentheistic religion for my conworld and I stumbled upon a conundrum. According to panentheism, the universe is God, but is only a part of God, and therefore God transcends the universe and is also sentient. The problem I’m having is the origin of evil. If all is God, but God is a...