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by alynnidalar
19 Feb 2019 17:18
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of
Replies: 37
Views: 9725

Re: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of

It’s been *checks watch* nine months, so it’s time for another post. I’ve been working on thoughts for the origins of the dalar. In-universe, the dalar have a variety of opinions, tied to where they think the world came from to begin with. If you believe in a god or gods creating it, you’re likely t...
by alynnidalar
07 Feb 2019 21:06
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1613
Views: 244253

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Can anyone tell me, what language and/or dialect the following three-line dialogue is in? And/or maybe translate it? A: “Jeetchet?” B: “No.” A: “Squeet!” Translation seems pretty straightforward to me: A: Did you eat yet? B: No. A: So go eat! But as to the dialect, I couldn't say for sure!
by alynnidalar
01 Feb 2019 18:43
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 805

Re: underused settings in world building

Ah yes, I should've specified--I was referring to Western fantasy for the most part.

IME anime and manga with fantastical elements have a broader range of settings than Western fantasy (although there's obviously still a lot of common settings--how many anime are set in high schools??)
by alynnidalar
01 Feb 2019 18:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 231
Views: 30128

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

Sal spent a great deal of time rebutting each point quite well, so I'll just say that I thoroughly agree with him--and with elemtilas. You seem very concerned with "realism", or at least a form of realism that happens to place a lot of value on things you find important, but you've missed that "real...
by alynnidalar
01 Feb 2019 17:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: underused settings in world building
Replies: 45
Views: 805

Re: underused settings in world building

The obvious answer, as it pertains to fantasy novels, is probably "for urban fantasy, anything not set in either the US or England" and "for non-urban fantasy, anything not set in faux-medieval Europe". Those two types of settings are so overrepresented in fantasy novels that literally anything else...
by alynnidalar
30 Jan 2019 14:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Dialects
Replies: 61
Views: 20255

Re: English Dialects

I speak Inland North American (with the Northern Cities Vowel Shift), so for me it's:

TRAP/BATH/MAD: eə
FATHER/LOT: a (well, ä, I think?)
CLOTH/THOUGHT: ɒ
START: ɐɹ
by alynnidalar
14 Jan 2019 16:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Symbols of Concultures
Replies: 209
Views: 55624

Re: Symbols of Concultures

I love the variants! It's clear how they're related or derived from each other, while still being quite distinct.
by alynnidalar
09 Jan 2019 04:10
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Some Snippets from The World
Replies: 361
Views: 161024

Re: Some Snippets from The World

Ah yes, very normal, nothing at all to be concerned with...

The star map is beautiful! I love it.
by alynnidalar
05 Dec 2018 17:47
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What have you been reading lately? (non-linguistic ed.)
Replies: 41
Views: 13261

Re: What have you been reading lately? (non-linguistic ed.)

Ahhh. Just finished Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series--well, finished the third book, at least, which is the latest. (the series is planned to have ten in all, two sub-series of five each) I've very deliberately refrained from reading any Sanderson books before this because I knew he wro...
by alynnidalar
29 Nov 2018 19:27
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1613
Views: 244253

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

sangi39 wrote:
26 Nov 2018 20:42
Do state and federal taxes need to be filed separately in the US?
Yep, and the guidelines for how to submit are different between the federal government and each state government, naturally. :roll:

The deadline is the same, though--April 15.
by alynnidalar
26 Nov 2018 19:46
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1613
Views: 244253

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Urgh, currently having fun with HMRC (the department of the UK Government in charge of taxes). Apparently I didn't pay enough tax... 6 years ago! And a letter has only just appeared through my door about the matter. Because it was 6 years ago, though, I'm not just being asked to pay the additional ...
by alynnidalar
05 Nov 2018 20:01
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2431
Views: 247088

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Northern Steel by Antti Martikainen
by alynnidalar
05 Nov 2018 20:00
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 722
Views: 129866

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

On the floor, even?? Quite the cleanup job indeed...
by alynnidalar
09 Oct 2018 21:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1613
Views: 244253

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Pre-Oktoberfest? When do they have actual Oktoberfest, and how could Oktoberfest in mid-to-late October be considered super early??
by alynnidalar
26 Sep 2018 15:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Metal Thread
Replies: 293
Views: 70286

Re: Metal Thread

Although let's not forget cello quartet Apocalyptica's cover of Grieg's 1875 Hall of the Mountain King Definitely not forget that one! I think this is all a big part of why I like folk metal so much. I like history and I like folk music--I think a culture's folk music tells you a lot about that cul...
by alynnidalar
10 Sep 2018 18:47
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: how can offspring affect the hierarchical power structure among witches?
Replies: 11
Views: 6940

Re: how can offspring affect the hierarchical power structure among witches?

In the process of pregnancy, in the process of giving birth to a female child, or in the process of using the sex-changing magic? Additionally, does the mother have to cast the sex-changing spell, or can any witch cast it on a mother? If the mother has to cast the sex-changing spell and loses her ma...
by alynnidalar
08 Sep 2018 03:03
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1613
Views: 244253

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Ooh! That's pretty cool.
by alynnidalar
04 Sep 2018 19:26
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6831
Views: 790558

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

I would say <ayeng> as well, although I'm inclined to want to reduce the first syllable and stress the second. <ahyeng> might work to prevent that.
by alynnidalar
31 Aug 2018 17:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1613
Views: 244253

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Yes, that's how I would interpret it as well. The phrase "just @ me next time" has a similar meaning. (in that case, you're jokingly implying that the other person is passive-aggressively referring to you specifically and are saying they should just specifically mention you--e.g. with Twitter's @use...
by alynnidalar
31 Aug 2018 17:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Conlanger stereotype poll
Replies: 43
Views: 18559

Re: Conlanger stereotype poll

I fit very few of the stereotypes, unfortunately. 1. cis female 2. straight 3. right-handed 4. American; Michigan 5. white, or if you're feeling snarky, European mutt 6. broadly neurotypical? I flirt with seasonal depression in winter but it hasn't been bad for several years 7. mild seasonal allergi...