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by Backstroke_Italics
16 Sep 2020 14:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XII - FINISHED!!
Replies: 237
Views: 7647

Re: CBB Conlang Relay XII - FINISHED!!

This was fun! I hope I don't miss the sign-ups for the next one. Any idea on when they might begin?
by Backstroke_Italics
11 Sep 2020 11:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: WI: Latin ISOTed to Japan
Replies: 14
Views: 361

Re: WI: Latin ISOTed to Japan

This is an interesting question. As Salmoneous points out, a Roman legion would have had an insurmountable advantage over Yayoi chiefdoms, and the question of demographic change depends on how many Romans come along for the ride. But of course Romanization was not perfect even in places that had a s...
by Backstroke_Italics
14 Apr 2020 00:37
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 259
Views: 568

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

If I saw a language named "Girlmen," I would immediately assume I was reading a bawdy sex comedy. But there's definitely a limit to how similar you can get, depending on what you're trying to avoid and who your audience is. If you're writing for a general audience, and you're merely trying to avoid ...
by Backstroke_Italics
07 Jan 2020 06:54
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 275
Views: 21936

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

I guess quite a few Vonnegut novels fit that description... but so does Dinotopia? It feels like way too vague a description to really be a named genre.
by Backstroke_Italics
16 Dec 2019 22:29
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How to Handle Politics in a Modern Day World?
Replies: 19
Views: 979

Re: How to Handle Politics in a Modern Day World?

The various interpretations of the X-men in this thread show one way to go about this in your conworld (assuming OP is still listening): be vague. Leave things open to multiple interpretations. I've always thought of the X-men as "you and the other weird kids at school" because, unlike Jews or gays ...
by Backstroke_Italics
15 Dec 2019 15:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Kala changes/new words
Replies: 8
Views: 790

Re: Kala changes/new words

Are these based on the letters m, n, and k? It's hard to be sure. I think aesthetically it might look nicer/more naturalistic if they weren't the same shape flipped or rotated. The abbreviated k, for example, might be more angular like k itself. But I like the idea. It gives a historical depth to th...
by Backstroke_Italics
15 Dec 2019 06:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How to Handle Politics in a Modern Day World?
Replies: 19
Views: 979

Re: How to Handle Politics in a Modern Day World?

Why are there magical creatures in this world? If you put centaurs in because you think it would be nice to live in a world full of centaurs, then there's no reason why blatant utopianism would be off the table. Give world leaders a United League of Empathy or something. If you put centaurs in becau...
by Backstroke_Italics
08 Dec 2019 11:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Californian Polynesian
Replies: 55
Views: 1946

Re: Californian Polynesian

Sorry to double-post, but this is more cultural than linguistic so I thought it would justify a new post. Based on what I can find about growing taro and sweet potatoes, and Polynesian agriculture, I think low temperatures during the growing season will become a problem north of Santa Barbara. Meanw...
by Backstroke_Italics
06 Dec 2019 20:43
Forum: Games
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 2334
Views: 356890

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

Wait, so every instance of i: in Latin results in ag in this language?

Dominus - Dominag
Dominum - Dominos
Dominag - Dominorum
Domino - Dominagas
Domino - Dominagas

Audagre - to hear

Agbo - I will go

Quo agrag - which way to go

Like, everywhere? Just ags as far as the eye can see?
by Backstroke_Italics
05 Dec 2019 13:19
Forum: Games
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 2334
Views: 356890

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

Here’s everything we know about ogadʒaitar : The original word started with f and was 4 syllables long. The g is derived from a voiced segment, but Salmoneus' coyness suggests it was not g. 1 The o in the first syllable is from a monophthong, and the diphthong in the word is not derived from the los...
by Backstroke_Italics
04 Dec 2019 14:39
Forum: Games
Topic: Romanization game #2
Replies: 900
Views: 37060

Re: Romanization game #2

/m n/ /b t d k ʔ/ /dʐ/ /f s ɬ z ʂ ʁ ɦ/ /ʋ ɹ l j/ /i u/ /ɛ o/ /æ ɑ/ Klingon to the Rescue! /m n/ {m n} /b t d k ʔ/ {b t d k g} /dʐ/ {Z} /f s ɬ z ʂ ʁ ɦ/ {f s L z S R h} /ʋ ɹ l j/ {v r l y} /i u/ {i u} /ɛ o/ {e o} /æ ɑ/ {a A} Actually, this is terrible. I am ashamed. Next! Clicks: /ǀ ǂ ǃ ǁ/ /ǀʱ ǂʱ ǃʱ ...
by Backstroke_Italics
04 Dec 2019 14:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Californian Polynesian
Replies: 55
Views: 1946

Re: Californian Polynesian

Regarding phonology, I don’t think it’s required that an intruding language gain or lose consonants to approach the average number in the region. For one thing, the language is bound to hold on to at least some of its phonological uniqueness, and maybe overall inventory is an example of that. For an...
by Backstroke_Italics
03 Dec 2019 22:04
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Californian Polynesian
Replies: 55
Views: 1946

Re: Californian Polynesian

So, Hawai'ians cross over two thousand miles of ocean, discover both mainland california and presumably the entire archipelago just off its coast, but then continue on for another couple of hundred miles , into a more arid area, so that they can settle on the four barren, windscoured Coronado Islan...
by Backstroke_Italics
27 Nov 2019 19:49
Forum: Games
Topic: Guess the Word in Romlangs
Replies: 2334
Views: 356890

Re: Guess the Word in Romlangs

I have a ridiculous guess.
Spoiler:
Fagottister, a basoonist