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by Salmoneus
24 Sep 2021 23:02
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How to choose an architectural style?
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: How to choose an architectural style?

Hello there. I have created quite a bit of worlds so far and many of them are quite advancedly developed, but I am a bit stuck at one thing: architectural styles. How should I choose appropriate ones?What factors shape a culture's architecture? I'd break this down into: - environmental needs - envi...
by Salmoneus
21 Sep 2021 01:12
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 1149
Views: 202332

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

I thought nastaliq was the default mode for writing Farsi. I gather that it’s not? I'm not saying it's not; I'm saying so far as I can see Nastaliq isn't written at a steep angle. Eg this is apparently nastaliq . And this , and this . The angled nastaliq I can find is better characterised as art ra...
by Salmoneus
20 Sep 2021 21:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 1149
Views: 202332

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

Looking weird aside, is it realistic that people would write like that? It makes everything harder to write (you need a protractor just to get started), it makes it much harder to gauge when to start a new line (because the intuitive 'width' of a character along its axis will often be smaller than ...
by Salmoneus
20 Sep 2021 14:44
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 768
Views: 100889

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

No - nobody knows that a rotated 'e' indicates a schwa, and if they did they wouldn't know what a schwa was. Nobody? Most of the English dictionaries my classmates and I used in school, including the children's dictionaries, used the schwa for /ə/... the letter ə will be recognized by a good portio...
by Salmoneus
20 Sep 2021 02:58
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 768
Views: 100889

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

This isn't so much a question about conlangs as so much about a fictional setting's language policy, but how would a primarily postnationalist or anti-nationalist ideology become popular enough that it seizes power from the previous government, Well, that's easy enough: the nationalist party would ...
by Salmoneus
19 Sep 2021 13:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 768
Views: 100889

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

Kind of a stupid question, but... if a conlang (in a story) is meant to be easily pronounceable somewhat correctly by at least English-speakers (and my Finnish-speaking dad lol), possibly German-speakers too, maybe others but dunno, would using <ə> for /ə/ be pronounceable to people who have zero k...
by Salmoneus
18 Sep 2021 22:36
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 277
Views: 31857

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

The final season of Lucifer is genuinely really good.
by Salmoneus
18 Sep 2021 13:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Con-Script Development Centre
Replies: 1149
Views: 202332

Re: Con-Script Development Centre

Thank you! Here's how it looks in a phrase (just the name of the language, nothing too involved): https://i.imgur.com/hhqnVh2.png The cuneiform looks fine, but I'd really suggest 'flattening' it - having it be horizontal instead of at a weird angle. Looking weird aside, is it realistic that people ...
by Salmoneus
16 Sep 2021 22:50
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 768
Views: 100889

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

So, I want to make a conlang inspired by languages I like, but what do you do if the languages you like are all very different from each other? It's obvious: you continually agonise and keep going back and redoing everything because the two things you want to emulate can't be combined; one day you ...
by Salmoneus
16 Sep 2021 22:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XIV - IT BEGINS (late signups accepted)
Replies: 52
Views: 1775

Re: CBB Conlang Relay XIV - IT BEGINS (late signups accepted)

Huh. Last time was my first one of these, and I was 'lucky', in ending up at the beginning of one ring - so I got the original, coherent text... easy enough... ...and this time I've ended up at the end of the ring, so I'll get the final, least-coherent version of the text. I have a feeling this one ...
by Salmoneus
15 Sep 2021 02:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: What are the differences between lexis, lexicon, vocabulary?
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: What are the differences between lexis, lexicon, vocabulary?

I'd say a difference is that lexis isn't really a list of words - it's a way of analysing a language, or it's one of the faculties of language. Lexis is the part of language that's about knowing and choosing and using words (as opposed to morphology, how words are productively related to one another...
by Salmoneus
13 Sep 2021 23:37
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 547
Views: 71984

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

Very specific, but is there any reason why the Irish -ach suffix has a voiced fricative in some declined forms (-aigh) instead of the expected voiceless one? Is it just some weird irregularity or is there any reason behind it? I don't know. However, Old Irish had had a sound change, apparently, in ...
by Salmoneus
08 Sep 2021 22:45
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Roman Emperor Statistics
Replies: 15
Views: 370

Re: Roman Emperor Statistics

What is the difference between immediate, direct, and eventual succession? Sorry! I was using 'immediate' and 'eventual' in contrast: immediate succession relating to A being the first successor of B, and eventual succession relating to A being a ruler at some point after B. I've used this is two d...
by Salmoneus
08 Sep 2021 17:35
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Roman Emperor Statistics
Replies: 15
Views: 370

Re: Roman Emperor Statistics

OK, here are the English headline stats, from Alfred through to Anne (she seemed a good stopping point; not only do they stop being officially 'King of England' at that point, but they also become almost entirely constitutional monarchs): Mean Age at Accession: 27 Mean Age of "Natural" Dea...
by Salmoneus
08 Sep 2021 16:02
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Roman Emperor Statistics
Replies: 15
Views: 370

Re: Roman Emperor Statistics

Incidentally, I'm looking at English monarchs now, and they may as well be in an entirely different universe...
by Salmoneus
07 Sep 2021 22:53
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Roman Emperor Statistics
Replies: 15
Views: 370

Re: Roman Emperor Statistics

The weird thing about the Roman Empire is, ALL succession was non-institutionalized. There was never any organised way to select a new ruler, or any agreement so far as I can see as to what would constitute legitimacy per se. Or rather: the theoretical method of becoming Emperor, election by the Sen...
by Salmoneus
07 Sep 2021 16:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XIV - IT BEGINS (late signups accepted)
Replies: 52
Views: 1775

Re: CBB Conlang Relay XIV - SIGNUPS OPEN UNTIL MON 13th SEP

OK, I guess. No progress on anything else, so I'm afraid it'll be Old Wenthish again (boring Germanic language).
by Salmoneus
07 Sep 2021 15:35
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Roman Emperor Statistics
Replies: 15
Views: 370

Re: Roman Emperor Statistics

Finally, I’m afraid I feel the need to run through the caveats pedantically. So here we go: First, the time period. I decided to end with Constantine IV, for three reasons: by the end of Constantine’s reign, it was clear that the Roman system had been destroyed, following catastrophic territorial lo...
by Salmoneus
07 Sep 2021 15:24
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Roman Emperor Statistics
Replies: 15
Views: 370

Re: Roman Emperor Statistics

So, there we go. What does any of this mean? I don’t know. I think it will be interesting to compare these stats to those of other Empires, or those of mediaeval kingdoms (including Byzantium). For now, I’ll recap some headlines. I’ve introduced here another measure here that I hope may be useful: q...
by Salmoneus
07 Sep 2021 15:13
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Roman Emperor Statistics
Replies: 15
Views: 370

Re: Roman Emperor Statistics

Anyway, we can clearly see a transition – albeit still incomplete – from an early practice of nomination of rulers, either by a preceding ruler or by some other authority, political or military, toward a later practice of just crowning a nearby pliable young relative of the last guy. This is associa...