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by Micamo
10 Oct 2016 01:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Great Discussion on the Acceptability of Words [split]
Replies: 85
Views: 7876

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

Except "bad" doesn't refer to intersex people. Language does change, and you can't expect people to be responsible for things they have no realistic way of knowing, such as what the words they use in casual conversation might or might not have buried in their etymologies. Hell, if you follow that l...
by Micamo
09 Oct 2016 23:50
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Great Discussion on the Acceptability of Words [split]
Replies: 85
Views: 7876

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

I don't mean to be rude, but I was honestly surprised when I learned that words like "idiot" and "moron" originally referred to mentally disabled people. It's awful that so many people think that way about people with disabilities, but I don't think that the use of those words today has anything to...
by Micamo
09 Oct 2016 22:56
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Great Discussion on the Acceptability of Words [split]
Replies: 85
Views: 7876

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

"Ableism" completely ignores the idea of language change, though. There's no denying the origin of words like "lame", "dumb", and "crazy", but let's not pretend they're still used to mean what they originally meant to the same extent. Most (almost all) advocates of this degree of language policing ...
by Micamo
07 Oct 2016 18:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14308
Views: 1075914

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

Chagen wrote:Is it plausible for a language to mark person only in realis verbs but leave it realis verbs unmarked for person? I am planning on doing this for Sunbyaku.
Sure: Agreement-defective paradigms for some TAM forms is quite common, especially when agreement is fused with TAM.
by Micamo
07 Oct 2016 18:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Alaian
Replies: 13
Views: 2101

Re: Alaian

OK I definitely see how this is related to rendaku except it basically ignores where compound words were joined. I like it. I don't follow the exclusion rule above that I have bolded. For the rule to take effect two or more of the first group must be present but none of the second group but the fir...
by Micamo
06 Oct 2016 23:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Alaian
Replies: 13
Views: 2101

Re: Alaian

Do these apply iteratively, i.e. is it local assimilation or vowel harmony? Iteratively: CaCaCi -> CiCiCi Does the first phonological process chage one phoneme into another regarding Byushi or is it allophonic? In other words, does a word that starts with /z/ [y] count as having a phoneme from the ...
by Micamo
06 Oct 2016 11:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Alaian
Replies: 13
Views: 2101

Re: Alaian

Frislander wrote:I do have a small thing: is this incorporation of definite nouns?
Yes
by Micamo
06 Oct 2016 03:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Alaian
Replies: 13
Views: 2101

Alaian

I'm probably not going to be conlanging anymore so I figured I'd post this stuff while I still could -------- Alai is an archipelago nation consisting of 7 large islands (and hundreds of smaller ones) off the western coast of the old Maskan empire, and was the last of its conquests before its final ...
by Micamo
29 Sep 2016 11:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2876
Views: 245821

Re: Yay or Nay?

felipesnark wrote:Is it inconsistent to have /ii/ > /ji/ > /je/ but not /wi/ > /we/?
Not at all.
by Micamo
29 Sep 2016 08:48
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Yay or Nay?
Replies: 2876
Views: 245821

Re: Yay or Nay?

IMO, the two problems you're worried about here aren't really problems at all: If you think it really needs changing, I'd do so by adding some irregular suppletive plural forms rather than simplifying your rules. ----------- As for me, I haven't touched any of my conlangs in months but today I got t...
by Micamo
26 Sep 2016 16:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Speedlanging Weekend III
Replies: 49
Views: 5741

Re: CBB Speedlanging Weekend III

If I have time and some ideas, I'll attempt it. No promises though.
by Micamo
26 Sep 2016 06:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Speedlanging Weekend II - [Now Operational!]
Replies: 49
Views: 4223

Re: CBB Speedlanging Weekend II - [Now Operational!]

Oh, thought I replied to Des here but forgot. Apart from the aesthetic, I'm intrigued by the structure of the last word, which seems to incorporate the recipient rather than the theme, which is highly unusual if I'm not mistaken. It's supposed to work like classical ainu, where "give" incorporates t...
by Micamo
18 Sep 2016 22:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14308
Views: 1075914

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

Is it attested in natlangs with heavy morphophonology to make a distinction in said processes between various kinds of morphemes? Yes: This is the defining difference between conjunct and disjunct verb prefixes in Athabaskan langs, for example. As for what you want to do in Kirronga, yes, it's fine.
by Micamo
02 Sep 2016 17:28
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 396
Views: 70000

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

Egerius wrote:What would happen to people born with missing limbs, or as siamese twins? And what about people born with a parasitic twin, which makes them look as if the involved individual had more limbs to use (but, obviously, can't)?
I dunno! That's the fun part.
by Micamo
02 Sep 2016 17:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 396
Views: 70000

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

Had a brainstorming session this morning, probably won't use any of these: - A society where some factor consistently kills off all adults by the age of 20, but leaves kids alone. How would they adapt? - A society with a status game where the more missing limbs you have, the higher your status. Indi...
by Micamo
12 Aug 2016 18:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14308
Views: 1075914

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

One more question. What exactly is the antipassive voice? I know it is a feature in ergative languages. I couldn't find much on it through Google, and I appreciate examples of how it works. It's when you take a transitive verb and turn it into an intransitive one by dropping the object, similar to ...
by Micamo
10 Aug 2016 08:08
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Shiibah - Collaborative Setting Game
Replies: 37
Views: 6876

Re: Shiibah - Collaborative Setting Game

qwed117 wrote:No magic doesn't mean no potions, it just means no "Avada Kedavra". I consider apothecaries to be a magician, but not necessarily magic
Hmm, ok, I've updated the OP to reflect this.

Has: Rigid Airships, Electricity
Not: Monogamous Marriages, People with light skin or hair
by Micamo
10 Aug 2016 07:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14308
Views: 1075914

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

A lot of languages with an inalienable/alienable possession distinction use the alienable possession construction with normally inalienable nouns to mean this. I'm sure there's some natlang out there that has this as a dedicated thing.
by Micamo
09 Aug 2016 22:27
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Shiibah - Collaborative Setting Game
Replies: 37
Views: 6876

Re: Shiibah - Collaborative Setting Game

qwed117 wrote:not: magic
What did you mean by this? How are there wizards but no magic?
by Micamo
09 Aug 2016 22:00
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Shiibah - Collaborative Setting Game
Replies: 37
Views: 6876

Shiibah - Collaborative Setting Game

How this game works is that each poster (you can post multiple times) names two things that exist in the world of Shiibah which are added to the positive list, and two things that do not which are added to the negative list. Specific trumps general. If a previous poster puts "dinosaurs" on the posit...