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by CatDoom
12 Jul 2014 09:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: The future of actual languages.
Replies: 81
Views: 14341

Re: The future of actual languages.

Well, English does have some noun-verb compounds that behave as nouns (rock-climb, baby-sit, etc.), as well as a few more recent noun-noun compounds that behave the same way (head-desk, face-palm). That's not exactly the same thing, though, and compounds like that would probably have to become a lot...
by CatDoom
09 Jul 2014 04:21
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 1016
Views: 101118

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

Hey guys, just wanted to let people know that I haven't completely forgotten about Teles and the Taic languages. As I feared when I signed up, my other ongoing conlanging projects have forced this one onto the back burner. I am planning on doing more with Taic, and I'd be interested in talking to Ah...
by CatDoom
08 Jun 2014 08:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How advanced could a non-industrial civilization become?
Replies: 15
Views: 3510

Re: How advanced could a non-industrial civilization become?

This is really making me want to develop some clockpunk-ish ideas I've had in the back of my mind ever since I read Pasquale's Angel . For some reason I just love the idea of people tooling around in spring-driven carriages and stopping by water wheel-powered winding stations when they start to slow...
by CatDoom
28 May 2014 06:50
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How advanced could a non-industrial civilization become?
Replies: 15
Views: 3510

Re: How advanced could a non-industrial civilization become?

You can do some amazing things with mills, actually. The Chinese had blast furnaces with waterwheel-powered piston bellows from the first century AD, and by the 11th century the Song dynasty was using them to mass-produce more than two hundred million pounds of iron products per year. They might hav...
by CatDoom
28 May 2014 04:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How advanced could a non-industrial civilization become?
Replies: 15
Views: 3510

Re: How advanced could a non-industrial civilization become?

But a really huge city has to have water, wastewater, and sewage pumped, and the pumps need to be powered, and need to work 24/7; so maybe they just avoid really big cities? The city of Rome at one time supported a population in excess of one million with a water system more or less entirely powere...
by CatDoom
27 May 2014 09:00
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 1016
Views: 101118

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

The new map looks good! And as for my expansion map, I figure I'll eventually detail the history of the Taic-speaking peoples in more detail; I figure the map will just be sort of an outline of things to come. I figure the precise border between the Taic and Umbric language areas will be a matter of...
by CatDoom
27 May 2014 05:02
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 1016
Views: 101118

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

So here's a first draft of what I'm thinking for the Taic languages. As in the maps previous people have posted, red indicates the rough area of the Taic urheimat ca. 10,000 BK, yellow represents expansion by 6,000 BK, and green represents expansion by 2,000 BK. http://i.imgur.com/tM7zFIo.png The ba...
by CatDoom
26 May 2014 18:15
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 1016
Views: 101118

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

Just posted some basic info (mostly a phonemic inventory) of Proto-Taic. Phonologically it could *almost* be mistaken for a variety Quechua, but it's going to have a mostly isolating grammar with lots of particles. I am planning on giving it a little bit of inflectional morphology, however, with a c...
by CatDoom
26 May 2014 02:08
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 1016
Views: 101118

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

Alright, I'd like to claim the hill country along the middle reaches of the long river near the center of the eastern continent. I've represented the rough area of my claim on the following map in magenta: http://i.imgur.com/FocmJvv.png I'm imagining the area as semi-arid oak savannah. The language ...
by CatDoom
25 May 2014 22:16
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Diachronic Conlanging open world
Replies: 1016
Views: 101118

Re: Diachronic Conlanging open world

I'm interested, though somewhat hesitant due to other demands on my time; is there an indication anywhere of what the grid lines on the physical geography map represent? I'm trying to get a feel for where different climate zones might lie.
by CatDoom
24 May 2014 02:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Count to 10 in your Conlang
Replies: 202
Views: 30845

Re: Count to 10 in your Conlang

Rrób Tè Jĕhnò has a base-6 numeral system with dedicated mono-morphemic terms for the multiples of six up to 36. Note that the pronunciation of final stops can vary significantly depending on the sounds that follow them. 1. p’íg [p’ík] 2. kú [kʰúː] 3. t’úgh [t’úq] 4. pé [pʰéː] 5. fàì [fɛ̀ː] 6. dlyă ...
by CatDoom
20 May 2014 03:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread
Replies: 5121
Views: 602457

Re: Random phonology/phonemic inventory thread

It's suspected that /ɢ/ is rare because the constriction so far back in the throat prevents the amount of air flow that is generally required for clear voicing. /ɴ/ is actually even rarer than /ɢ/, I think; it mostly occurs as an allophone of /ŋ/ next to uvular obstruents.
by CatDoom
19 May 2014 08:59
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: NA anthro
Replies: 19
Views: 5044

Re: NA anthro

My own interests and experience lie primary in California and the adjoining culture areas, but I'm really fascinated by population migrations, trade, and culture contact, and I'm always happy to learn more about other areas.
by CatDoom
19 May 2014 08:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexicon sculpting
Replies: 2310
Views: 266693

Re: Lexicon sculpting

Lao Kou wrote:Next: joumöks [ˈdʒaʊmøks] n. leftovers
Yipta:

tsawm'aqs [tsæwˀmɑqʃ] n. scraps, dregs, undesirable or useless remains
from tsawm, "refuse, offal" + 'aqs "broken pieces, remains"

Next: gerv [gɚv] v. agree
by CatDoom
19 May 2014 04:50
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Cooking and dining!
Replies: 15
Views: 3217

Re: Cooking and dining!

The ʔuuleo (an Akanan conpeople living on the northwest coast of Peliaš) place a great deal of social importance on preparing and sharing food. Their agricultural staples are buckwheat and dairy products (made primarily from goat milk), but they supplement these with fish, game and wild plants gathe...
by CatDoom
18 May 2014 00:06
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The "Be one of your conpeople" Thread
Replies: 115
Views: 20591

Re: The "Be one of your conpeople" Thread

Hmàd nyâ xe rrĕwŏ, o xe haidlŏ nyĕnyĕsrú rĕhxĕqáígh háí. CNSTR/village 1S NEG be.big and NEG 1PL.AN=get many-leader rule 1PL.AN My village isn't large, and we don't need many leaders to govern us. Dorrŏ dlréd mò dlo haită fi ĕbă fi húb, o qisú fi fĕzréd gi rrĕcó, q’e hainyè ghŭ ĕwĕgrég ne rrĕjí fe ...
by CatDoom
17 May 2014 06:38
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread
Replies: 500
Views: 114620

Re: The Conculture/Conpeople Opinions Thread

Next: What are some of the common superstitions held by typical members of your concultures? The primary deity of the Tè Jĕhnò is the sky goddess Ká , and it is believed that malign spirits can't long endure her gaze under the open sky. They are believed, therefore, to lurk in caves, disused shelte...
by CatDoom
08 Feb 2014 06:00
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Cultural universal
Replies: 9
Views: 2871

Re: Cultural universal

- males more aggressive, violent, and prone to theft. This one certainly isn't true. I'm pretty sure there are warrior-woman cultures, but you don't have to look beyond europe for counterexamples. Northern European urban areas in the 18th century: women were just as prone to theft as men, and almos...
by CatDoom
08 Feb 2014 02:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 1102
Views: 132222

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

This is something I came up with for a now more-or-less abandoned conlang that was based mostly on an odd blending of Malagasy and Mutsun. I think Ogham's really neat, and it struck me that a similar script might actually work more intuitively as a syllabary, so that's what I've done here. The symb...
by CatDoom
21 Dec 2013 07:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Notion of "love" in your conlangs?
Replies: 17
Views: 2764

Re: Notion of "love" in your conlangs?

In Yipta, klat is the morpheme that forms the core of most terms relating to affection. Alone, it can be be used as a verb meaning "to trust" or "to embrace," and connotes a willingness to make oneself vulnerable in order to become closer with another. Used as a noun, it has the literally means "bel...