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by elemtilas
23 Jul 2019 03:28
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1728
Views: 266950

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I'm tentatively calling it ë dūta dlegu ("the language of the "People of the Mountain"" = DEF N+dwarf.PL-GEN N+language, where N+marks initial nasal mutation) [ə du:ˌta ˈdle.go] (stole the words for "People of the Mountain" and "language" from PIE *tewtéh₂ and *dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s because I was feeling lazy...
by elemtilas
23 Jul 2019 03:24
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A weird confession regarding conworlding...
Replies: 1
Views: 20

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 04:27
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Sir Arthur C. Clarke's _July 20, 2019_ and America's schools
Replies: 1
Views: 66

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
21 Jul 2019 03:35
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1728
Views: 266950

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

So I appear to have agreed to go LARPing for the first time in about five weeks. I've settled on being a fighter (played one before in DnD), and a Dwarf (never played a dwarven character before in anything, since I typically go for Orcs). It's been a week since then, and I think I've taken the back...
by elemtilas
19 Jul 2019 16:32
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is diachronic conlanging worth it?
Replies: 7
Views: 135

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 05:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14853
Views: 1279982

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 20:20
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1728
Views: 266950

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

A little over 50 years now, Apollo 11 launched, setting three people off into space, two of them to eventually take the first steps of our species on the Moon. All I can think is "wow, people did that thing. Humans. Just... people being people". And to think it all started with a humble manhole cov...
by elemtilas
16 Jul 2019 02:22
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Are AIs alive? Do they have souls?
Replies: 21
Views: 9553

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 14:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 782
Views: 224580

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 03:16
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 7002
Views: 853089

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
13 Jul 2019 01:35
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1728
Views: 266950

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I came across a new world & game building tool today. Not my cup of tea, but it might be of interest to some folks hereabouts: Ikarus.
by elemtilas
11 Jul 2019 21:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1728
Views: 266950

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

They used to feature quite heavily in the "pic of the day..." thread before it had to be locked (and, in part, triggered the changes to the House Rules a couple of years ago). I've got five of them, so they make up a fair chunk of my non-conlanging/conworlding life. I recall! His Holiness, the Bear...
by elemtilas
11 Jul 2019 05:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11399
Views: 972961

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
10 Jul 2019 21:38
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1728
Views: 266950

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

The can drop their tails and they will grow back, as far as I'm aware, but it looks like in this case it's scabbed over a bit, and then sort of healing from the inside out, which is pretty good. I was told by the vet that there was a chance he might just drop it, but luckily he hasn't. I did get a ...
by elemtilas
09 Jul 2019 18:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2928
Views: 289416

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 12:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2928
Views: 289416

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 03:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2928
Views: 289416

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 03:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2928
Views: 289416

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 03:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2928
Views: 289416

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 00:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2928
Views: 289416

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...