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by alynnidalar
15 May 2018 14:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: How Do YOU Create Words?
Replies: 20
Views: 3525

Re: How Do YOU Create Words?

Unfortunately I don't have an answer for how I decide a particular word feels right for a particular meaning--I go where the spirit leads. (by which I mean, I just sorta pick one. Sometimes I'm like, yes! This is a beautiful word and my subconscious thinks it fits. Sometimes I'm just like, well, I n...
by alynnidalar
15 May 2018 03:27
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 14461
Views: 1176949

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

Discworld joke, I believe, although I can't for the life of me remember the original context.
by alynnidalar
14 May 2018 14:28
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 10132

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

^^ If you try to please everybody, you're going to end up pleasing nobody. Write what you want to read, and there will probably be some form of audience for it. (assuming your goal is "to make stuff I enjoy and other people might enjoy too". If your goal is purely "get as large of an audience as the...
by alynnidalar
14 May 2018 03:37
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 740
Views: 207759

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

Well, let's see, the Protheans in Mass Effect are somewhat buglike, aren't they? I should think most people relate just fine to Javik (although like most Mass Effect species, he's arguably just Sal's "human with a hat"). Certainly plenty of people have sympathy for the rachni, myself included, and t...
by alynnidalar
11 May 2018 19:04
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6832
Views: 791794

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

They're sort of answers to two separate questions: "What do you do for a living?" "Oh, I'm retired." vs. "Do you still work for Llama Corp?" "No, I've retired." Like shimo says, "am retired" focuses more on the state (I am in the state of retirement as opposed to the state of job-having), while "hav...
by alynnidalar
11 May 2018 17:07
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 11282
Views: 902803

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Started analyzing phonotactics/syllable structure for Old Tirina. The language is kind of a mess, so I'm trying to use what I already have to come up with a better understanding of its phonology and especially to do better word generation (especially if I'm going to be fleshing it out more). Right n...
by alynnidalar
10 May 2018 18:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: How Do YOU Create Words?
Replies: 20
Views: 3525

Re: How Do YOU Create Words?

I do the following: 1) Design the phonology, and a bit of morphology 2) Plug the phonemes and syllable structure into Awkwords 3) Copy and paste the results into an excel document (well, the OpenOffice equivalent), remove any duplicate words until I have a total list of around 20,000 to 30,000 mono...
by alynnidalar
10 May 2018 14:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: How Do YOU Create Words?
Replies: 20
Views: 3525

Re: How Do YOU Create Words?

I use a variety of methods, but because I prefer to create words with etymologies, I frequently use this method: First, I try to come up with a plausible etymology. I might look at Old Tirina/Old Azen for an appropriate root, but if I can't find any (or want to create a new root), I often look at Wi...
by alynnidalar
03 May 2018 15:59
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2434
Views: 247529

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Ha, just realized I never actually posted what I thought about Infinity War! Without spoilers, I will say that I didn't expect it to go at all the way it did. It was very much and very obviously the first half of a story--I saw somebody say on Twitter that they were really excited to see Infinity Wa...
by alynnidalar
27 Apr 2018 17:56
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Gender-based family lines
Replies: 11
Views: 1807

Re: Gender-based family lines

I can’t see a story much longer than about two pages being premised on a system that’s provably unstable. Or, maybe, I can’t see a saga-sized novel or series set in such a conculture. Whyever not? A society in upheaval and the middle of social/cultural change sounds like a fascinating place to set ...
by alynnidalar
27 Apr 2018 17:53
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2434
Views: 247529

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Gonna see Infinity War tonight! I'll have to post my impressions here afterward.

What I'm expecting, however, is something that's a bit formulaic, but still thoroughly enjoyable (as are most Marvel movies at this point). This is in no way a flaw.
by alynnidalar
23 Apr 2018 16:50
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1613
Views: 244797

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Most English speakers aren't consciously aware of the distinction between /ŋ/ and /ŋg/.
by alynnidalar
19 Apr 2018 19:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1613
Views: 244797

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I saw a cute bearded dragon in a pet store the other day and thought of you. [:D] I was in the store for an adoption event (with cats and dogs), and one of the dogs was just fascinated by all of the small animals they had in the store--the lizards, the ferret, the bunnies, and especially a parakeet....
by alynnidalar
19 Apr 2018 15:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Chimud: An Introduction
Replies: 22
Views: 2664

Re: Chimud: An Introduction

I'd love to hear more about the specific species that make up e.g. mantrels and pintrels. I really like the idea of dragons, etc. being specifically designed by the AIs to keep people from advanced technology that must necessarily exist; you could get some interesting legends out of that about peopl...
by alynnidalar
16 Apr 2018 19:41
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 10132

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

The Hobbit was definitely written in English first--the famous story about its origin was that Tolkien was stupendously bored reading student papers one day, and on a blank sheet happened to write down "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit", without having any idea what a hobbit was or why i...
by alynnidalar
16 Apr 2018 16:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?
Replies: 58
Views: 10132

Re: why is it that in many fantasy stories, humans are the focus?

With regards to Tolkien--not that I've ever heard. The History of Middle-Earth books go into extensive detail about his drafts, and although I've only read The Return of Shadow and that several years ago, I don't recall a mention of him writing LotR in anything other than English.
by alynnidalar
13 Apr 2018 21:26
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Your Pets and Their Names
Replies: 17
Views: 2811

Re: Your Pets and Their Names

That reminds me of the stuffed rabbit I had as a child, which I named Bunny.
by alynnidalar
13 Apr 2018 21:05
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Chimud: An Introduction
Replies: 22
Views: 2664

Re: Chimud: An Introduction

I was able to click through the link. At any rate, this sounds quite interesting! An explicitly artificial world explains away a lot of "unrealistic" aspects (or at least removes them far enough away that they're easy to ignore). One question I have, what exactly is defined as "technology"? You ment...
by alynnidalar
13 Apr 2018 20:55
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Naming Practices
Replies: 29
Views: 6576

Re: Naming Practices

There's some nice complexity in there. I like that you'd be able to figure out much of a child's same-gender parent's name from the child's name. Definitely seems like a society that emphasizes family relationships and tracks them.
by alynnidalar
10 Apr 2018 18:14
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Naming Practices
Replies: 29
Views: 6576

Re: Naming Practices

I've been thinking about incorporating something similar into Tirina naming practices. I guess they already do have private nicknames, but it's not quite the same thing. I'm sure I've spoken about the system before, but as it currently stands, a Tirina name has three parts: [given name] ni [ancestra...