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by Curlyjimsam
29 Jul 2019 19:03
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is diachronic conlanging worth it?
Replies: 10
Views: 2772

Re: Is diachronic conlanging worth it?

The one really big advantage of having a proto-language is that it allows you an easy way of coming up with related languages, or of representing texts from earlier stages of the language if you decide to delve into the history of your culture. Trying to work backwards and create realistic relatives...
by Curlyjimsam
23 May 2019 12:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Jumping down rabbit holes with conlangs and concultures
Replies: 4
Views: 1489

Re: Jumping down rabbit holes with conlangs and concultures

When I create a world specifically as a setting for a work of fiction, I tend to find myself distracted by irrelevant details sooner or later. I have, for example, a 2000-year royal genealogy and a fairly detailed conlang sketch for one novel series that are unlikely to ever find their way into the ...
by Curlyjimsam
22 Mar 2019 14:01
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Writing a Fictional Anthropology: How Do You Do It?
Replies: 11
Views: 2341

Re: Writing a Fictional Anthropology: How Do You Do It?

Salmoneus wrote:
18 Mar 2019 01:27
Does anyone have a link to that real cross-cultural survey that was around a few years ago? It was sort of a WALS for anthropology...
Do you mean the Ethnographic Atlas? There's a version at https://d-place.org/contributions/EA .

(Even if this isn't what you meant, it's still a useful resource.)
by Curlyjimsam
22 Feb 2019 18:29
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread
Replies: 147
Views: 134836

Re: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread

Many Viksorians, especially the richer sort, keep horses as pets. Dogs are popular, and there's a bit of a thing for domesticated foxes. There is an armadillo-like creature is kept as a pet commonly enough not to be thought of as unusual, though due to its size a big house or garden is usually requi...
by Curlyjimsam
22 Feb 2019 18:18
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: what should my bug people eat
Replies: 11
Views: 2424

Re: what should my bug people eat

I think they should eat the same things as real bugs do (which gives you a range of options). I don't think sapient species eating each other is necessarily bad. Why should your spider people have the same moral views as twenty-first century humans?
by Curlyjimsam
18 Feb 2019 14:27
Forum: Translations
Topic: Conlang accents
Replies: 77
Views: 16222

Re: Conlang accents

Viksen: [ɔ hiumæn bijiɳʐ ɑ bɔn fri æn ikwɔ in diɡniti æn rajts. dɛj ɑ indawd wid rizæn æn kɔɳʂænz æn ʂæd ak tæwɔdz wæn ænædæ in æ sæpirit æv brædæhæd] Greater Atlian: [aːl hiuːmen bijin aːɾ baːɾn fɾi en i ikwel in diɡniti en ɾaitse. dej aːɾ endaud wid ɾiːsen en konʃense en ʃed akte towaːd wan enadeɾ...
by Curlyjimsam
18 Feb 2019 14:14
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 49
Views: 5927

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 Curlyjimsam
08 Feb 2019 15:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 49
Views: 5927

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 Curlyjimsam
06 Sep 2018 11:39
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Dealing with Conlanger's Block
Replies: 24
Views: 11754

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
04 Aug 2018 12:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?
Replies: 21
Views: 15666

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 12:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Fractal Federation
Replies: 15
Views: 10931

Re: Fractal Federation

I really like the name "Fractal Federation", realistic or not.
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: 11588

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: 8602

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
31 Mar 2017 21:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Thematic relations
Replies: 8
Views: 2650

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 23:48
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Split ergativity and case question
Replies: 7
Views: 2064

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: 4112

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 17:59
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Conscripts that don't accurately display phonemes?
Replies: 27
Views: 5292

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 23:13
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Grammar question related to case and names
Replies: 17
Views: 3257

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 23:08
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Terrain and mountains
Replies: 6
Views: 1747

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 18:39
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Sca2 and stress-based rules?
Replies: 3
Views: 808

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...