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by Keenir
05 Apr 2019 22:57
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: (ACH) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 279
Views: 400363

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

Which is a great pity, because you're making perfect sense, whereas I cannot make out what point Keenir is trying to make. Albert Einstein!? two Alberts. (and be wary; you aren't exactly easy to read and decipher either) The point is that "Joshua" and "Jesus" are two different names. Similarly, the...
by Keenir
05 Apr 2019 07:38
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: (ACH) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 279
Views: 400363

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

if, as was pointed out earlier in this discussion, that one is a variation of the other linguistically (unlike, I would wager, Jessica & Albert)...then that ought to weaken the claim of linguistic/national location as a reason why one variation abounds there. I don't follow. Granted, the main discu...
by Keenir
05 Apr 2019 03:46
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Loss of morphological complexity over time
Replies: 17
Views: 412

Re: Loss of morphological complexity over time

If I understand his argument, Guy Deutscher(sp) is saying that while languages simplify (shedding some features), they also, at the same time, get more complex (picking up articles, say) Right, but if we're talking narrowly about purely morphological complexity here, then articles and whatnot presu...
by Keenir
05 Apr 2019 03:45
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: (ACH) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 279
Views: 400363

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

I have the same given name as the founder of Christian monasticism, a Russian saint, and an Italian farmer...we all have the same given name, though we are all different people....and if you allow for spelling variations, I have the same name as Octavian's rival in the Roman Civil War - though I gr...
by Keenir
04 Apr 2019 20:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Loss of morphological complexity over time
Replies: 17
Views: 412

Re: Loss of morphological complexity over time

If I understand his argument, Guy Deutscher(sp) is saying that while languages simplify (shedding some features), they also, at the same time, get more complex (picking up articles, say)
by Keenir
04 Apr 2019 20:52
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: (ACH) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 279
Views: 400363

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

Why do only Hispanic and Hispanic influenced cultures (Philippines) give the name Jesús? I would have thought it was a Catholic thing, but there are no Poles named Jezus, Italians named Gesù or Irish named Íosa. Why is this? The usual English form of the name is Joshua. Fairly common, leastways in ...
by Keenir
04 Apr 2019 20:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11346
Views: 926956

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Felt a sudden burst of inspiration the other night and added no words to my language. Sounds like one of my achievements. Ha! I meant new words, not no words. *shrugs* I figured you were emphasizing that no new words were added, because your work was building up the rest of your conlang.
by Keenir
04 Apr 2019 05:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14604
Views: 1213909

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

I was fiddling with an idea originally based on Mandarin's reduplication, and I think I may have ended up using a possessive(ish) as a marker or something...that or I need to get some sleep. Thoughts on this? POSSESSING: padees padeestig pa.dees pa.dees.tig padees padees-tig apple apple-him his appl...
by Keenir
27 Feb 2019 22:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6908
Views: 815863

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

... there's probably a Greek pun or play on the word for messengers; .... What, have I conditioned everyone to think if I ask a question, there must be a pun involved? ;-) Not this time, though. Honest! conditioned? nope. I just looked at the other words, which varied one or two letters to produce ...
by Keenir
27 Feb 2019 21:07
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6908
Views: 815863

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

Apostle:epistle :: messenger:message :: missionary:mission :: angel:??? there's probably a Greek pun or play on the word for messengers; otherwise, maybe just angelic ? What’s a message, or piece of news, or story, or task, that’s not necessarily good or bad or neutral, or might be any of good or b...
by Keenir
26 Feb 2019 06:09
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: what should my bug people eat
Replies: 11
Views: 385

Re: what should my bug people eat

i have this bug setting of sorts where small sapient bugs exist alongside humans. though humans don't seem to know they're sapient. one of the main concerns is the fact that i don't know what these bug people should eat. and considering someone took issue of sapient animals eating each other, i'm s...
by Keenir
26 Feb 2019 06:05
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1681
Views: 336666

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

Because whatever you do, elemtilas will swan in, remind you that he's superior to everyone and we're all doing it wrong. pretty sure you've done the same thing - you're a very good swan, I grant you. Alternatively, fuck off. to quote Captain America, language. All you do around here is belittle peo...
by Keenir
22 Feb 2019 07:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1681
Views: 336666

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

How should I handle gryphons in my world? with tongs. very very long-handled ones. :) Some humans ride into battle on the backs of gryphons. However, why would a gryphon agree to let a human ride them? increased amount of firepower per individual attack? because each gryphon hand-selects the human?...
by Keenir
16 Feb 2019 21:57
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14604
Views: 1213909

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

Sorry for my previous question, I don't know what I was thinking on. Next question: which letter would you use to romanize an stressed [æ] sound? First, an unestressed [æ] is spelled as <ä> in my conlang, and I use macrons to mark stress. Though I know <ǟ> is used in some languages' romanizations, ...
by Keenir
14 Feb 2019 15:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11346
Views: 926956

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Creyeditor wrote:
14 Feb 2019 08:37
I am a bit confused. Gothic is an East Germanic language. It is not a Celtic language. Or is the facepalm because Nat Geo History magazine did such an obvious mistake.
a bit of both - their mistake, and my believing&trusting them.
by Keenir
14 Feb 2019 05:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11346
Views: 926956

Re: What did you accomplish today?

during my vacation of the last few days, I realized a major misunderstanding I'd been laboring under... I had thought Gothic was a Germanic language, and compared its known words to various Germanic words; and had toyed with having a Welsh-like initial mutation. ...and just recently, I learned (Nat...
by Keenir
13 Feb 2019 23:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11346
Views: 926956

Re: What did you accomplish today?

during my vacation of the last few days, I realized a major misunderstanding I'd been laboring under... I had thought Gothic was a Germanic language, and compared its known words to various Germanic words; and had toyed with having a Welsh-like initial mutation. ...and just recently, I learned (Nat ...
by Keenir
13 Feb 2019 23:31
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 424
Views: 83184

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

a pre-industrial society with most of the population get ordained as monks and nuns sometimes in their lives. In that society, there's a custom for every family to send a daughter to the local temple to be ordained as nun when she is born; besides, the most smart child of a village is usually sent ...
by Keenir
02 Feb 2019 12:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11346
Views: 926956

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Thought up a little parable/exercise to work on during my upcoming vacation,,, Ahagat is a culture hero representing urban life. 'Boaati is a culture hero representing nomadism. the Parable of Superiority: On the calendar, there are days of the Pig and days of the Boar. For, it is known and it is he...
by Keenir
01 Feb 2019 23:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14604
Views: 1213909

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

Shemtov wrote:
01 Feb 2019 20:15
Does adding converbs to a language that has the following features seem kitchen-sinky?:
-Clicks
-Ergativity
-A rich verbal voice system
- Rich, productive derivational morphology
I would say No of varying severity...depending on the answer to this: is that all it has? / what does it not have?