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by Curlyjimsam
06 Sep 2018 10:39
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Dealing with Conlanger's Block
Replies: 24
Views: 8573

Re: Dealing with Conlanger's Block

Seen this thread a hundred times; finally thought of something to say! Most of my conlanging arises from conworlding. I'm working on some aspect of the culture, and I need a word, or a phrase, and it all takes off from there ... So maybe laying languages aside and focusing on other aspects of the wo...
by Curlyjimsam
14 Aug 2018 19:59
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)
Replies: 60
Views: 18286

Re: A Taxonomy of Conlanging (help me out)

My languages are nearly all naturalistic fictional in Aszev's terms. I'm not sure they cleanly fit on either side of the earthly/alien divide, though - most adhere to terrestrial universals in general, but I will happily ignore these from time to time. Only a few have very obvious alien characterist...
by Curlyjimsam
04 Aug 2018 11:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?
Replies: 15
Views: 7004

Re: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?

Very interesting thread! The classical Ninibian conception of a "soul" was the substance sirenu , variously translated "life", "breath", "spirit" etc. Sirenu was an elemental fluid that it was believed to be present in living things (i.e. humans and animals, probably not plants for most people) and ...
by Curlyjimsam
04 Jul 2018 11:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Fractal Federation
Replies: 15
Views: 8692

Re: Fractal Federation

I really like the name "Fractal Federation", realistic or not.
by Curlyjimsam
19 Jun 2018 11:27
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]
Replies: 33
Views: 5946

Re: Person and Tense of the Narrator in Fiction [split]

The sort of people who use second-person narratives tend to come across as either amateurish or pretentious. But then so do lots of first- and third-person stories. Given quite a few people have experimented with second-person narratives, you'd expect there to be a good reason why it's never really ...
by Curlyjimsam
19 Jun 2018 11:10
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Vexillological linguistic families
Replies: 10
Views: 2586

Re: Vexillological linguistic families

On this approach Georgian and English just be closely related!
by Curlyjimsam
24 Mar 2018 20:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: How would you redesign IPA?
Replies: 30
Views: 6104

Re: How would you redesign IPA?

That... still doesn't really explain your reasoning. The IPA isn't just, or even mainly, about showing relationships between sounds. (If it were, there'd be no voiced/voiceless pairs - one could just use diacritics.) Ease of reading and writing is also a big factor, and single symbols for affricate...
by Curlyjimsam
26 Feb 2018 14:55
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 9233

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

Tolkien is an interesting one here - in spite of their quirks, the "relatable" characters in The Lord of the Rings are the hobbits, whereas the actual human cultures seen are somewhat more alien to our own.
by Curlyjimsam
06 Dec 2017 23:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?
Replies: 36
Views: 6997

Re: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?

I don't know if Lambuzhao or Lao Kou or some of the other, er, more seasoned geopoets have been working on one world the whole time or not. I think Sally Caves is probably the only other person I know who's been working within a single world for a span of decades. It's changed very considerably sin...
by Curlyjimsam
06 Oct 2017 14:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?
Replies: 50
Views: 14391

Re: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?

Essentially I think the world is the main thing, but the languages are a very big part of it (though to begin with they were only a small part). I reckon maybe maybe about 40% of my conworld material is language-related. For certain cultures within the world I've done significantly more work on the ...
by Curlyjimsam
31 Mar 2017 20:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Thematic relations
Replies: 8
Views: 2091

Re: Thematic relations

The problem with thematic relations is that a lot of people have had ideas about how they ought to be described, but there isn't a great deal of general agreement. Even amongst the most generally used terms (like "Agent", "Patient" or "Theme", "Experiencer" ...) there's still plenty of room for deba...
by Curlyjimsam
29 Nov 2016 23:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Should we rival CWS?
Replies: 36
Views: 3324

Re: Should we rival CWS?

This site has entirely passed me by till now! It looks like it might be good, but without an account I can't really judge it, and I'm nt presently in the mood for going through the faff of creating an account I might never use.
by Curlyjimsam
29 Nov 2016 23:48
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Split ergativity and case question
Replies: 7
Views: 1630

Re: Split ergativity and case question

Nominative and absolutive will have the same endings significantly more often than not, I think. (This marking will often be zero.) In fact, no instances come to mind where they are different, but that doesn't mean there aren't any. Having the same endings for ergative and accusative is rare but not...
by Curlyjimsam
29 Nov 2016 23:44
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Question about affricate terminology
Replies: 18
Views: 3259

Re: Question about affricate terminology

I can imagine in principle a language with (say) /ps/, /ts/, /ks/ where these act in the same way single consonants in regard to phonotactics, determination of stress placement etc. and might therefore be reasonably analysed as phonemes in their own right. Say if the general syllable structure is (C...
by Curlyjimsam
25 Sep 2016 17:04
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Why CBB?
Replies: 49
Views: 6357

Re: Why CBB?

The ZBB, while not known for being cuddly and friendly to newcomers, has always seemed more technical than here... which is not to say that there aren't a lot of knowledgeable people here, just that the CBB also has a lot more participants like me, who have fairly limited linguistic knowledge (and ...
by Curlyjimsam
25 Sep 2016 16:59
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Conscripts that don't accurately display phonemes?
Replies: 27
Views: 3971

Re: Conscripts that don't accurately display phonemes?

I tend to try and work various "imperfections" into most of my scripts. So, for example in Viksen, certain letters aren't always pronounced (e.g. the letters for l , r and h in final position), and others are homophonous (e.g. there's two ways of writing each of /ȿ/, /ɀ/ and /ɳ/). /w/ and /j/ are ma...
by Curlyjimsam
30 Jul 2016 22:13
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Grammar question related to case and names
Replies: 17
Views: 2745

Re: Grammar question related to case and names

Finn in I named him Finn surely isn't a subject complement: it says something about the object, not the subject!
by Curlyjimsam
30 Jul 2016 22:08
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Terrain and mountains
Replies: 6
Views: 1502

Re: Terrain and mountains

I've done plenty of hand-drawn maps with contour lines, and it works fine. You can choose how many or how few to include. Maybe use different colours, but you don't have to. Or you can shade different elevations different colours. But ultimately it's up to you and the effect you want to create (and ...
by Curlyjimsam
15 Jul 2016 17:39
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Sca2 and stress-based rules?
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: Sca2 and stress-based rules?

The fact that it's such a bother to do stress-based rules means that, quite unrealistically, stress basically never plays a part in sound change in any of my conlangs ... Creyeditor's idea of marking stress via rule is a good one. If there are exceptions to the regular pattern you'd probably want to...
by Curlyjimsam
15 Jul 2016 17:37
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Gaining an accusative marker?
Replies: 6
Views: 1505

Re: Gaining an accusative marker?

Several languages have object markers derived from verbs meaning "take, seize". Another possible source is dative or allative marking (as in Spanish).