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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by gestaltist » 18 Oct 2017 09:30

Ahzoh wrote:*sigh* Though my map still looks topgraphically bare compared to that map of the Earth I reference. It seems that most of the Earth is either at sea level or above 500m.
You're fine, most of Russia and Central Europe is below 500m. Unless you don't like it in which case just add an igneous province somewhere.

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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by Click » 18 Oct 2017 10:00

@kiwikami: I love your work! [:D]

@gestaltist: Glad to see you back!

I have started writing about the place where two of my languages are spoken. This falls under worldbuilding rather than making languages, but I thought it was worth posting here. There's only basic historical stuff as of now, but I hope to start writing about culture soon.

Thoughts and comments appreciated.

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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by Iyionaku » 18 Oct 2017 10:11

Ahzoh wrote:*sigh* Though my map still looks topgraphically bare compared to that map of the Earth I reference. It seems that most of the Earth is either at sea level or above 500m.
It's fine I guess. Just keep in mind that large, flat areas usually facilitate the spread of only few languages and deteriorate the change for smaller languages to survive.
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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by Ahzoh » 18 Oct 2017 17:49

Iyionaku wrote:
Ahzoh wrote:*sigh* Though my map still looks topgraphically bare compared to that map of the Earth I reference. It seems that most of the Earth is either at sea level or above 500m.
It's fine I guess. Just keep in mind that large, flat areas usually facilitate the spread of only few languages and deteriorate the change for smaller languages to survive.
Eh? You're saying there will be less languages and they'll change slower?
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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 20 Oct 2017 00:42

I coined some new words/characters late last night early this AM. they are related in structure: one is for the verb "to sleep" and the other is for the noun "night, darkness." The second character, when it is used with a different classifier, takes on the meaning of "fear" instead. I like the idea of characters having different but somewhat related meanings based on classifier, or something similar. Also, most characters serve double duty as both nouns and verbs and depend on context.
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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by Frislander » 21 Oct 2017 15:14

Ahzoh wrote:
Iyionaku wrote:
Ahzoh wrote:*sigh* Though my map still looks topgraphically bare compared to that map of the Earth I reference. It seems that most of the Earth is either at sea level or above 500m.
It's fine I guess. Just keep in mind that large, flat areas usually facilitate the spread of only few languages and deteriorate the change for smaller languages to survive.
Eh? You're saying there will be less languages and they'll change slower?
That latter is a typo, it clearly should be "chance", but for the first point yes, since flatter topography encourages mobility and nomadism, both of which result in a lower population density and hence fewer languages.

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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by Iyionaku » 22 Oct 2017 15:53

Exactly, it should be "chance" like Frislander said. Sorry for creating confusion.
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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by Ahzoh » 22 Oct 2017 18:08

Frislander wrote:
Ahzoh wrote:
Iyionaku wrote:
Ahzoh wrote:*sigh* Though my map still looks topgraphically bare compared to that map of the Earth I reference. It seems that most of the Earth is either at sea level or above 500m.
It's fine I guess. Just keep in mind that large, flat areas usually facilitate the spread of only few languages and deteriorate the change for smaller languages to survive.
Eh? You're saying there will be less languages and they'll change slower?
That latter is a typo, it clearly should be "chance", but for the first point yes, since flatter topography encourages mobility and nomadism, both of which result in a lower population density and hence fewer languages.
Well all the areas indicated as grayish-brownish are not quite a flat plain as there is still potentially 300m of difference in elevation.
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Post by Fluffy8x » 23 Oct 2017 02:50

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Fontifying a script for Lek-Tsaro. These are consonant pairs, and most of them were auto-generated by a script.

Right now, I'm having trouble with vowel diacritics. Not only are there a whopping 143 of them, but LibreOffice seems to clip them. I changed the ascender height from 800 to 1000 to adjust and put the diacritic in the y=800 to 1000 range, but that was to no avail.

If it helps, I'm using FontForge. If any of you want to help, I can send the .sfd file.

Edit: derp, turns out I had a copy of the font in both ~/.local/share/fonts and /usr/share/fonts. I was using a command to copy the .otf files into the latter location, but LibreOffice was reading from the former.
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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by lsd » 23 Oct 2017 20:20

Thrice Xandvii wrote:I coined some new words/characters late last night early this AM. they are related in structure: one is for the verb "to sleep"
Does coining sleep work better than counting sheeps...
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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 23 Oct 2017 22:21

Huh!?
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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by Dormouse559 » 24 Oct 2017 23:34

I figured out the Silvish word for "hot", which turns out to be hòt /ˈhɔt/. [:P] It has other forms, but if you want to say a man is feverish, sexy or horny, that's the one you should go with.

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Post by ixals » 25 Oct 2017 00:40

Dormouse559 wrote:I figured out the Silvish word for "hot", which turns out to be hòt /ˈhɔt/. [:P] It has other forms, but if you want to say a man is feverish, sexy or horny, that's the one you should go with.
Oooh, what's the etymology for that if I may ask? [:D]
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Post by Dormouse559 » 25 Oct 2017 01:27

ixals wrote:Oooh, what's the etymology for that if I may ask? [:D]
Latin calidus, as it happens, which is part of what surprised me.

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Post by Ælfwine » 25 Oct 2017 02:08

Dormouse559 wrote:
ixals wrote:Oooh, what's the etymology for that if I may ask? [:D]
Latin calidus, as it happens, which is part of what surprised me.
I am curious how you got "hòt" from that.
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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by ixals » 25 Oct 2017 02:14

Ælfwine wrote:I am curious how you got "hòt" from that.
I bet it's "'ka.li.dum > 'kʰaɫ.do > 'xawt > 'hɔt".

Is Silvish #k > h a regularly change? It's definitely a new one, I don't remember seeing it before. But "hòt" sounds very unique though!
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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by Dormouse559 » 25 Oct 2017 02:30

ixals wrote:
Ælfwine wrote:I am curious how you got "hòt" from that.
I bet it's "'ka.li.dum > 'kʰaɫ.do > 'xawt > 'hɔt".
Not quite. This form comes from the nominative masculine singular.
ixals wrote:Is Silvish #k > h a regularly change? It's definitely a new one, I don't remember seeing it before. But "hòt" sounds very unique though!
There is a regular change, but it's k > h / _a. It corresponds to French k > ʃ / _a. The result of the change is new, but it's been there in some form for a while. I'll unpack it below.

The sound changes go something like this (starting from Vulgar Latin). The exact order might end up being a little different, but the result should be the same.

ˈkaldos > ˈkalts > ˈtɕalts > ˈtɕalt > ˈɕalt > ˈɕawt > ˈɕɔt > ˈhɔt

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Post by Ælfwine » 25 Oct 2017 03:05

Dormouse559 wrote:
ixals wrote:
Ælfwine wrote:I am curious how you got "hòt" from that.
I bet it's "'ka.li.dum > 'kʰaɫ.do > 'xawt > 'hɔt".
Not quite. This form comes from the nominative masculine singular.
ixals wrote:Is Silvish #k > h a regularly change? It's definitely a new one, I don't remember seeing it before. But "hòt" sounds very unique though!
There is a regular change, but it's k > h / _a. It corresponds to French k > ʃ / _a. The result of the change is new, but it's been there in some form for a while. I'll unpack it below.

The sound changes go something like this (starting from Vulgar Latin). The exact order might end up being a little different, but the result should be the same.

ˈkaldos > ˈkalts > ˈtɕalts > ˈtɕalt > ˈɕalt > ˈɕawt > ˈɕɔt > ˈhɔt
Would never have guessed.

Is this word normally derived from the nominative? I have [cç] where you have [h] it seems. (This word appears to be "tyalc" in my Pannonian Romance.)
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Re: What did you accomplish today?

Post by Dormouse559 » 25 Oct 2017 03:19

Ælfwine wrote:Is this word normally derived from the nominative?
Hmm, I'm not sure if you're asking about Silvish or Romance languages generally. Well, in Silvish most inherited adjectives derive their forms from the nominative, accusative and dative. In modern Romance languages, the word form comes from the accusative, but looking back, Old French and Old Provençal maintained the Latin nominative alongside the accusative.
Ælfwine wrote:I have [cç] where you have [h] it seems. (This word appears to be "tyalc" in my Pannonian Romance.)
Ah, okay. What does the <c> represent?

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Post by Ælfwine » 25 Oct 2017 03:31

Dormouse559 wrote:Hmm, I'm not sure if you're asking about Silvish or Romance languages generally. Well, in Silvish most inherited adjectives derive their forms from the nominative, accusative and dative.
All three? Interesting.
Dormouse559 wrote:In modern Romance languages, the word form comes from the accusative, but looking back, Old French and Old Provençal maintained the Latin nominative alongside the accusative.
Okay, good to know. Then I guess my form shouldn't be tyalc but tyald [ˈcaɫd].
Dormouse559 wrote:Ah, okay. What does the <c> represent?
It is [t͡s] like in many Slavic languages, and Hungarian.
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