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by alynnidalar
19 Apr 2018 15:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Chimud: An Introduction
Replies: 22
Views: 2714

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: 10333

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: 10333

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: 2897

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: 2714

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: 6689

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: 6689

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: 1681
Views: 332570

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: 8561
Views: 822928

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: 1648
Views: 251193

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: 6876
Views: 806751

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: 10064

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: 1648
Views: 251193

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: 2442
Views: 251949

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...
by alynnidalar
17 Mar 2018 23:01
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang Areal Tests
Replies: 25
Views: 3660

Re: Conlang Areal Tests

Do you mean the ones linked in the first post of this thread?
by alynnidalar
16 Mar 2018 03:34
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexicon milestones
Replies: 461
Views: 66309

Re: Lexicon milestones

A lovely round number!
by alynnidalar
16 Mar 2018 03:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang Conversation Thread
Replies: 8561
Views: 822928

Re: Conlang Conversation Thread

Haukeri ni Napa ni Tyler, idkasel...
stan of vehicle of Tyler certainly
Team Tyler's Van, of course...

Ton napawında wirn Niode rae lerınato.
NEG FEM-think-PST about twilight since school-INT
I haven't thought about Twilight since high school.
by alynnidalar
16 Mar 2018 02:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Linguistic purism in conlangs
Replies: 22
Views: 4432

Re: Linguistic purism in conlangs

Tirina has some pretty vocal "language purity" groups, mostly as a result of scads of xenophobia, but in actual practice, Tirina borrows words all the time (mostly from English these days--I swear, it makes sense in context, I'm not just doing it because it's easy!). So while many Tirina speakers wo...
by alynnidalar
05 Mar 2018 22:40
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang Conversation Thread
Replies: 8561
Views: 822928

Re: Conlang Conversation Thread

⸮ ʕarskwumaunin swutrimpa yieni ɂuntalà ʕa ? black.liguar.GEN speak<PRS>2SG.IMPTV 1PL.DAT small<NMLZ>ACC CNJ Why not tell us a smidgeon about Black Panther ?? Idfea Karinir likiatol!!! feline black-ANIM enjoyable-INT-INAN Black Panther is extremely good!!! Reisradi hınapale ko daile. INAN-mix humor...
by alynnidalar
27 Feb 2018 17:03
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: taking over done ideas and making them interesting
Replies: 16
Views: 10286

Re: taking over done ideas and making them interesting

Or just use regular words for it. There's no need to call a rabbit a smeerp. Changing the name of something doesn't automatically make it interesting. If your necromancers are interesting, they're going to be interesting even if you just call them "necromancers".

Relevant xkcd.