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by Tanni
14 Sep 2019 11:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

People living under the ice would probably not be very anthropic. But you're right, this is something to think about. The plan is to parameterise the basic list. So each category has a module for each instance of a certain parameter. A module can be empty, of course. The first parameter would be pu...
by Tanni
13 Sep 2019 19:54
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

Dog and snake are definitely basic. Bird and fish are so generic that they're basic as well, as is the word "animal" itself. Some lists say louse is basic. You and I agree that spider is basic. I would consider chicken basic, although you disagree. And of course, human is basic in any conworld (or ...
by Tanni
13 Sep 2019 19:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

Something I noticed: "Morrison has said that Nibiru is not real, that there is no 10th planet in our solar system (I still count Pluto), and that there is no cause for alarm." No tenth planet in our solar system? Not all astronomers agree with that anymore! I still count Pluto, too. A couple of wee...
by Tanni
13 Sep 2019 10:18
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

People living under the ice would probably not be very anthropic. But you're right, this is something to think about. The plan is to parameterise the basic list. So each category has a module for each instance of a certain parameter. A module can be empty, of course. The best site I've found for cr...
by Tanni
12 Sep 2019 13:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 306
Views: 233454

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

It means "college" has just begun (most naturally that they have just gone to college for the first time), and already things related to "college" (which here is not the institution but the experience) have gone wrong. ... Thank you, Salmoneus, for your fast in in-depth answer! Here is my translati...
by Tanni
12 Sep 2019 12:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 306
Views: 233454

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

What does the following sentence mean: College wasn't off to a good start.

Does it mean: College doesn't seem to start out well?
by Tanni
09 Sep 2019 16:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

How about "ant"? That's on the Leipzig-Jakarta List. I know Iceland doesn't have ants, but most places where humans live have them. If there's just one or a few countries without ants, this should not be a criteria to not have them on the list. I agree. But this is not a criterion to have them on t...
by Tanni
08 Sep 2019 12:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

But there are the Dogons . I remember reading that the Dogon people apparently got their knowledge of the Sirius star system from Griaule. In homage to the Dogon people, the Kankonian word for "Milky Way" is Amma. Why should he have done this? See here: Michael Tellinger -- Advanced Ancient Civiliz...
by Tanni
07 Sep 2019 17:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

At least not for humans. For Catys, that's a different story. As they can fly, they could easily -- or with less effort -- see what type of river it is. The Catys are your bat-people, right? Yes! The Swadesh List includes "year". But you're right that space stations will not use years. I have the m...
by Tanni
07 Sep 2019 11:44
Forum: In other languages
Topic: Sprechen wir Deutsch!
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Sprechen wir Deutsch!

Toll! Ein anderer Mann namens Busch! Deswegen habe ich das hier gepostet. Eine weitere Anspielung: Georg "Weh" Busch sagte: "Selten wird die Frage gefragt: Lernt unsere Kinder?" Ein anderer W. Busch dichtet: „Aber wehe, wehe, wehe! / Wenn ich auf das Ende sehe!“ Meine Modifikation: Weh, wenn ich au...
by Tanni
06 Sep 2019 13:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

Basic vocabulary An approach towards the concept of basic vocabulary. Some changes were made according to comments made by Khemehekis. Inspired by: CBB-Conlangs -- The Landau Core Vocabulary Purpose of a basic vocabulary: Possible list of basic concepts for cross-language comparison. using the conc...
by Tanni
03 Sep 2019 16:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

It's Perfekt Indikativ Aktiv , but in a somewhat archaic form I'm aware it's the perfect. What I didn't know was why German used the perfect to translate something that in other languages is in the simple present. How can I know? I'm not the author, nor am I the translator. Judging from it's look a...
by Tanni
02 Sep 2019 20:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

That surprises me, given that Blume in several cases famously refers to the flower itself and explicitly NOT the plant that bears it. This is not surprising at all. There is the normal usage of a word, and some special usages, where the meaning is deviant, narrowed down, broadened or poetical, see ...
by Tanni
02 Sep 2019 16:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

Some flowers grow on trees .... botanically speaking there is no such thing as a flower, unless you are willing to call apple trees, cehrry trees, etc "flowers". in fact, pineapples are flowers too. i suspect outside of gardening there would be little reason to need to distinguish between blossoms,...
by Tanni
02 Sep 2019 13:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

If there are different words for a river flowing into the sea in contrast to a river flowing into another river or into a lake, this contrast does not seem ''basic'' to me at all. At least not for humans. For Catys, that's a different story. As they can fly, they could easily -- or with less effort...
by Tanni
02 Sep 2019 09:22
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Re: Discussing basic vocabulary

eldin raigmore wrote:
02 Sep 2019 04:21
If there are different words for a river floating into the sea, in contrast to a river floating into another river or into a lake,
Surely rivers don’t float at all!
Did you mean “flow”?
Yes, flowing. Thanks, eldin!
by Tanni
01 Sep 2019 11:24
Forum: In other languages
Topic: Sprechen wir Deutsch!
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Sprechen wir Deutsch!

Offenbar nicht: Ach, was muß man oft von bösen Kindern hören oder lesen!! Wie zum Beispiel hier von diesen, Welche Max und Moritz hießen; Wilhelm Busch Max und Moritz Viele Reime dieser Bildergeschichte wie „Aber wehe, wehe, wehe! / Wenn ich auf das Ende sehe!“, „Dieses war der erste Streich, doch ...
by Tanni
31 Aug 2019 15:15
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Discussing basic vocabulary
Replies: 27
Views: 785

Discussing basic vocabulary

This thread is inspired by the thread The Landau Core Vocabulary . I'll give the LaTeX version, because it is too much work to apply bbcodes. Feel free to copy it and compile it on your own computer. Then you'll get the number of the choosen concepts. This number might change during the discussion. ...
by Tanni
30 Aug 2019 15:42
Forum: In other languages
Topic: Sprechen wir Deutsch!
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Sprechen wir Deutsch!

Georg "Weh" Busch sagte: "Selten wird die Frage gefragt: Lernt unsere Kinder?" Also "lernt" deines Landes Kinder jetzt? Offenbar nicht: Ach, was muß man oft von bösen Kindern hören oder lesen!! Wie zum Beispiel hier von diesen, Welche Max und Moritz hießen; Wilhelm Busch Max und Moritz Viele Reime ...
by Tanni
16 Aug 2019 15:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Octal numbering system
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Octal numbering system

Here is a little Turbo Pascal program doing decimal to octal and octal to decimal conversion: (* oct dec conversion 16.08.2019 *) TYPE numberstring = STRING[14]; FUNCTION DezOct ( v : Integer ) : numberstring ; VAR q : Integer; (* quotient *) VAR r : Integer; (* remainder *) VAR s : numberstring; BE...