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by elemtilas
01 Aug 2019 21:00
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sir Arthur C. Clarke's _July 20, 2019_ and America's schools
Replies: 6
Views: 2600

Re: Sir Arthur C. Clarke's _July 20, 2019_ and America's schools

If only he could have predicted the moral decay (no, more than decay, but rather the irrational rejection of the good, the beautiful and the true in favour of the dark, the chaotic and the equivocal) and social dystopia in stead. You mean like goth culture and gangsta rap? Or more like smear-campai...
by elemtilas
01 Aug 2019 01:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6639
Views: 1048339

Re: What did you accomplish today?

ra' is a clitic pronoun, which has many uses, but in this instance marks the verb as a derivational addition to the noun nii is move or go ne- marks a singular specific noun (star is collective when unmarked) liye is shine or bright liyeliye is star Nice! Why is liyeliye reduplicated? Or rather wha...
by elemtilas
31 Jul 2019 20:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6639
Views: 1048339

Re: What did you accomplish today?

leanancailin wrote:
31 Jul 2019 11:20
In a mass of vocabulary building for time words and celestial bodies, I've ended up creating my longest lexical term yet.

ra'nii neliyeliye - planet < moving star
I like the sound of it.

Which bit means what?
by elemtilas
31 Jul 2019 20:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6639
Views: 1048339

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Vrkhahian and Onschen now have a cursive script, known as Oñako or the Sealbone Script. Right to left: Ka Ga Xa Gha Nga | Pa Ba Ma | Ta Da Sa Za Na | Ca Ja Sha Zha | Lha La 'A I'm too lazy to IPA right now. https://i.imgur.com/VpFppgR.png Very nicely done! This is aesthetically pleasing and extreme...
by elemtilas
30 Jul 2019 18:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: europidjin? euroblabla? europex?
Replies: 64
Views: 29093

Re: europidjin? euroblabla? europex?

(Thu 19 Jul 2018, 03:36) Europanto ha no fixo gramatik, no fixo vocabulari, no fix ortografie. Europano ha dat al. Na contrar af esperanto, lu ha non obligator endus pro la diverso gramatico clases. La diferens af Interlingua is ki dat hav non nereglar ortografie, e den Interlingua is a substracto ...
by elemtilas
23 Jul 2019 20:51
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A weird confession regarding conworlding...
Replies: 8
Views: 3096

Re: A weird confession regarding conworlding...

Pabappa wrote:
23 Jul 2019 19:00
my main accomplishment was a continent that had the same shape as my bedroom, but oh well, I was proud of it.
You must have lived in an absolutely amazing house!
by elemtilas
23 Jul 2019 04:24
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A weird confession regarding conworlding...
Replies: 8
Views: 3096

Re: A weird confession regarding conworlding...

I find myself doing better at some aspects of conworlding than others. I often struggle with things that require drawing; particularly map-making. It took me a long time to get the coastlines of my continents the way I wanted them, and I still haven't been able to map out my world's climates. On th...
by elemtilas
22 Jul 2019 05:27
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sir Arthur C. Clarke's _July 20, 2019_ and America's schools
Replies: 6
Views: 2600

Re: Sir Arthur C. Clarke's _July 20, 2019_ and America's schools

In 1987, Sir Arthur C. Clarke wrote a book titled July 20, 2019: Life in the 21 st Century. The fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing was chosen to mark the date in the future in which Sir Arthur speculated about what life would be like, well, today. Good timing! And good to see you back,...
by elemtilas
19 Jul 2019 17:32
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is diachronic conlanging worth it?
Replies: 10
Views: 2772

Re: Is diachronic conlanging worth it?

Much will depend on your end goal (if any, apart from "making a naturalistic language"). You don't néed a protolanguage. Most people on Earth get along very well, learning & using their moderately naturalistic languages, without ever learning about or even considering the existence of that language'...
by elemtilas
19 Jul 2019 06:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 5791
Views: 1370442

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

When it’s too cold or wet or hot to work on your motorbike’s engine under the shade tree you usually use, your SO suggests: “Honey, you look so uncomfortable doing that outside in the weather! Why don’t you bring it indoors and fix it here?” This is much rarer than suffixing, which is when s/he tel...
by elemtilas
16 Jul 2019 03:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?
Replies: 21
Views: 15666

Re: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?

Provided an AI does have a soul, what would follow from that for humans? For the human soul? Nothing. It would simply mean there's more people with souls! The main question that follows, I suppose, would be would we even recognise the fact? We so frequently have a hard enough time recognising the f...
by elemtilas
15 Jul 2019 15:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 321
Views: 245549

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

Has anyone run across words that inflict, rather than inflect, for various things like aspect, case, degree, definiteness, evidentiality, gender, modality/mode/mood, number, tense, etc.? Has anyone run across grammars involving infection rather than inflection? I have, often enough to wonder whethe...
by elemtilas
13 Jul 2019 04:16
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 4405
Views: 911727

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

So what's the deal with Italian apocope? Is there any specific rule to when one would delete the final vowel? I listen to a lot of opera and follow along with the Italian libretti, and I would notice final vowel deletion but could never discern any patterns. It seems so random. Why is it "Castiglio...
by elemtilas
11 Jul 2019 06:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 6639
Views: 1048339

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I've been rather busy as of late, so conlanging was put on hold for a little bit. Now that I have a little more time, I've been contemplating a vowel diacritic system for my abjad, and I am still working on an acceptable form. Here is a snapshot of what I have thus far. Dhakhsh is written in vertic...
by elemtilas
09 Jul 2019 19:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 310765

Re: Yay or Nay?

.... However, one of my test readers did in fact ask. He also complained (very sweetly, mind) that I did not, in point of fact, provide any kind of pronunciation guide. So naturally, I combed through for all the non-English words and names and made a proper guide. Then I say “Good for you!”. Where ...
by elemtilas
08 Jul 2019 13:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 310765

Re: Yay or Nay?

Denê, pace Dormouse, I think would at the very least get most English speakers to pronounce the -e. I have to admit that I don't actually pronounce the -e. [O.o] Even though I know it's supposed to be there! Lol well that muddies the waters a bit. If you don’t pronounce the final e and are comforta...
by elemtilas
08 Jul 2019 04:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 310765

Re: Yay or Nay?

Use both as appropriate . . . could you give an example? I suppose I got the impression that "Daine" was a singular. It is pronounced like how I'd expect "Tana" to be. But reading over your post again, I see that isn't what you said. Oh, I see! There have been instances where I've used Tana to desc...
by elemtilas
08 Jul 2019 04:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 310765

Re: Yay or Nay?

/'tɑnɑ/ and /dɛ'neː/ respectively. Hmm, personally, I've always pronounced "Daine" as /dai.ne/. "Denê" certainly seems to be the more transparent form, as far as pronunciation is concerned. But why not use both, as appropriate? English already handles things like Latin plurals. Oh, well! Not too fa...
by elemtilas
08 Jul 2019 04:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 310765

Re: Yay or Nay?

I would say, don’t worry about it, since the chances are low that you’ll have to listen to someone else read it out loud. When it’s made into a screenplay, TV script, movie script, radio play, legit theatre production, or Broadway musical; then go ahead and worry about it. Of course, I know you're ...
by elemtilas
08 Jul 2019 01:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2109
Views: 310765

Re: Yay or Nay?

So, yea or nay: aesthetics in mind foremost, leave the the name as is (Daine), assuming that most readers will say /den/, or adopt the more linguistically correct name (Denê), assuming that many readers will say /dene/ or at worst /din/? What is the proper pronunciation? /'tɑnɑ/ and /dɛ'neː/ respec...