Search found 1114 matches

by Salmoneus
16 Sep 2019 20:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5657
Views: 1321475

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

Huh? But he can't 'derive back' (i.e. reconstruct) the protolanguage from which both Altaic and Sino-Tibetan descend, because there never was such a language. Or at least, not for tens of thousands of years. As a result, there are no good reconstructions of proto-Tibeto-Altaic possible, because if t...
by Salmoneus
16 Sep 2019 15:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5657
Views: 1321475

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

Should I just not bother with sound changes being chronologically consistent between proto-languages if the results are cool? I mean, a "Tibeto-Altaic" language that isn't a creole is probably such a ridiculous idea to begin with that it's not exactly the most realistic thing from the start... but ...
by Salmoneus
15 Sep 2019 23:26
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 36
Views: 36161

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

[...] Salmoneus, I find these posts you've been writing in this thread extremely interesting. Do you recommend any particular books or authors where I could read more about the interaction of economics and birthrates, economics and the value of people (men or women, capital-owners or labourers), an...
by Salmoneus
12 Sep 2019 13:14
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 306
Views: 233205

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

It means "college" has just begun (most naturally that they have just gone to college for the first time), and already things related to "college" (which here is not the institution but the experience) have gone wrong. Literally, "off to a good start" is said of runners (etc) who start a race well, ...
by Salmoneus
07 Sep 2019 17:02
Forum: Translations
Topic: An Approach to Translations: Catabolism then Anabolism
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: An Approach to Translations: Catabolism then Anabolism

I just wanted to say: Thanks for remembering the (now-pruned) Snowball Game! It was pruned!? Shit!!! I always intended to use that as a translation challenge resource some day. It's a fantastic idea: a stock of grammatically interesting sentences to translate that don't require an immense vocabular...
by Salmoneus
05 Sep 2019 15:55
Forum: Translations
Topic: From the journal
Replies: 16
Views: 7516

Re: From the journal

Galēida uinn 1 , Ec neis an tīhn 2 thisses commentāres 3 to āinnē mainn. Bisioith lias ec ūder hībnē 4 , stāith ā hleosē 5 ōegelces mainn hit to lēgōna 6 . Suā biath thu mielda 7 , sua geb this bōc to thammē bōcsalē 8 . Ordagu āinna manno this commentār to settena ūder meinhonō dānō that semlinga 9...
by Salmoneus
03 Sep 2019 22:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 768

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

It's Perfekt Indikativ Aktiv , but in a somewhat archaic form I'm aware it's the perfect. What I didn't know was why German used the perfect to translate something that in other languages is in the simple present. How can I know? I'm not the author, nor am I the translator. I didn't say you knew, I...
by Salmoneus
03 Sep 2019 13:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 768

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

It's Perfekt Indikativ Aktiv , but in a somewhat archaic form I'm aware it's the perfect. What I didn't know was why German used the perfect to translate something that in other languages is in the simple present. It's not just Leo: https://www.dict.cc/englisch-deutsch/weald.html That link, you may...
by Salmoneus
02 Sep 2019 20:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 768

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

That surprises me, given that Blume in several cases famously refers to the flower itself and explicitly NOT the plant that bears it. For instance: Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras und alle Herrlichkeit des Menschen wie des Grases Blumen. Das Gras ist verdorret und die Blume abgefallen. ( For all...
by Salmoneus
29 Aug 2019 17:17
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Compound generator thread
Replies: 15
Views: 641

Re: Compound generator thread

"galaxias", meaning "milky" became the word for 'galaxy' (milky circle), chalk (milky stone) and dogfish (milky fish, presumably because dogfish are viviparous like mammals).

Telephone: spark pigeon.
by Salmoneus
29 Aug 2019 00:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Compound generator thread
Replies: 15
Views: 641

Re: Compound generator thread

The second is much more straightforward: 'thump' because it's the sound that boots make, and 'terracotta' because boots are made out of terracotta. I am pretty sure terracotta in that context is just a name for a type of leather. No, I got the idea from actual clay boots. To be fair, the terracotta...
by Salmoneus
26 Aug 2019 01:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Compound generator thread
Replies: 15
Views: 641

Re: Compound generator thread

Verb: lobster scratch Boot: terracota thump Yes, sometimes things like these happen because of semantic extension. Could've been clearer about that. To clarify, only the first involves semantic extension - in that it uses 'scratch' to mean 'word' (i.e. in its written form). 'Lobster' is a straighfo...
by Salmoneus
25 Aug 2019 00:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Compound generator thread
Replies: 15
Views: 641

Re: Compound generator thread

Verb: lobster scratch

Boot: terracota thump
by Salmoneus
24 Aug 2019 22:46
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are you a hunter-gatherer or a farmer?
Replies: 6
Views: 281

Re: Are you a hunter-gatherer or a farmer?

Your Regularly Scheduled Reminder: Myers-Briggs is complete nonsense. It is literally a textbook example of a pseudoscience. Its concepts were developed off the top of someone's head, and the 'research' supporting it is a self-contained pyramid scheme (in that the research is funded by sales of thei...
by Salmoneus
19 Aug 2019 00:31
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4366
Views: 879044

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

Failure to produce quantitative verse has often been claimed as evidence that Vulgar Latin had no phonemic vowel length, since you need phonemic vowel length to produce quantitative verse. I would have put it the other way: the fact that Vulgar Latin may be presumed to have had no phonemic vowel le...
by Salmoneus
18 Aug 2019 01:17
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4366
Views: 879044

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

Thank you for all your points: it looks like I wrongly assumed a poetic metre suited to a language would be easily improvised,and then concluded Latin poetry was hard because it was influenced by the Greek one. Oh no, your observation was quite valid and suggestive. It's just that I thought I shoul...
by Salmoneus
17 Aug 2019 16:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4366
Views: 879044

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

These seem reasonable suggestions. I would say, though: - stress patterns do change, and quite rapidly - French suddenly switched from a strong stress system that wiped out most of its vowels into a syllable-timed language. Maybe Classical Latin really was going through a phase. - the fact ordinary ...
by Salmoneus
13 Aug 2019 23:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5657
Views: 1321475

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

That's a shame - it's not a competition! You can always just take things a different way from Dewrad, as it seemed you were doing. You are right, but with the location in mind there is actually very little I would have done differently from Dewrad. What I started to do differently is look at databa...
by Salmoneus
12 Aug 2019 00:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Languages with interesting phonotactics
Replies: 16
Views: 2612

Re: Languages with interesting phonotactics

Omzinesý wrote:
11 Aug 2019 18:22
Chechen allows geminates on onset.
Likewise, famously, much of Italian.

EDIT: although in Italian iirc it's a syntactic mutation, not lexical.
by Salmoneus
11 Aug 2019 22:06
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5657
Views: 1321475

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

All this talking about romlangs is making me want to go back to mine...although I don't think I'll continue in Pannonia, as I do not see how I can create a conlang there without ripping off the brilliance of Dravian . That's a shame - it's not a competition! You can always just take things a differ...