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by Curlyjimsam
22 Mar 2019 14:01
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Writing a Fictional Anthropology: How Do You Do It?
Replies: 11
Views: 289

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: 501
Views: 117860

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: 386

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: 78
Views: 9900

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: 1404

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: 1404

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 10:39
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Dealing with Conlanger's Block
Replies: 24
Views: 11062

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: 23261

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: 17
Views: 9179

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: 10582

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: 6720

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: 2880

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: 7029

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: 10466

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: 7928

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: 18588

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: 2386

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: 3920

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: 1855

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: 3704

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...