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by alynnidalar
10 May 2018 14:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: How Do YOU Create Words?
Replies: 20
Views: 3720

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: 2463
Views: 261530

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: 1921

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: 2463
Views: 261530

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: 1710
Views: 261792

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: 1710
Views: 261792

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: 2817

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: 10748

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: 10748

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: 3004

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: 2817

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: 6925

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: 6925

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...
by alynnidalar
09 Apr 2018 21:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1730
Views: 344951

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

Something to throw out there: if the gods objectively and uncontroversially exist--that is, if they routinely and obviously interact with and speak to people--then only worshipping twelve gods makes perfect sense; if you tried to worship someone else (or failed to worship one of the twelve), they co...
by alynnidalar
03 Apr 2018 15:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang Conversation Thread
Replies: 8612
Views: 854433

Re: Conlang Conversation Thread

Çou que tu cret que jou lou comprandrê san lou-z avê vezut ? [su.ke.tyˈkʁɛt ke.ʑu.lu.kɔ̃m.pʁɑ̃ˈdʁɛː sɑ̃.lu.zəˈvɛː vəˈzyt] Do you think I'll understand it without having seen them? Yes solkaied. 2SG.MASC ready-MASC You'll be fine. Idfea Karinir fılam kaesmuranol. feline black-AN movie separate-INT-I...
by alynnidalar
28 Mar 2018 20:50
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1710
Views: 261792

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I hesitate to broach the question with you, but what, precisely, do you mean by "the definition of 'Racism' commonly used today"? The usual definition I see would be something like "believing certain races to be better than others [and acting on this belief]" or "treating different races differently...
by alynnidalar
28 Mar 2018 20:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6961
Views: 838065

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

Tremendousness, I believe. I couldn't begin to explain why, other than -ness is significantly more common for nominalization that -osity.
by alynnidalar
28 Mar 2018 03:52
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of
Replies: 41
Views: 10440

Re: The Dalar: Culture, Biology, and Other Things I Think Of

I wrote a whole bunch on family records when I was at work today, in lieu of doing work. It's fine. I read a couple of articles on koseki , the Japanese system for recording births/deaths/marriages/families. I realized that a similar system would fit very well in Sanmra, as a great deal of society r...
by alynnidalar
25 Mar 2018 03:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1710
Views: 261792

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I think part of the reason they used Xhosa to begin with in Civil War was because John Kani, who played T'Chaka (T'Challa's father), natively speaks it. Then, they just continued using it into Black Panther. Also, there was a very clear "pan-African" sort of look to Wakanda--lots of things from vari...
by alynnidalar
19 Mar 2018 02:38
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 2463
Views: 261530

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

Finally got around to watching Guardians of the Galaxy 2! It's kind of funny... if it wasn't an MCU movie, I don't think I would've ever watched something like it. I do love sci-fi, but in truth I haven't watched a lot of it lately beyond series I'm already familiar with. But I did enjoy it a lot, a...