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by Salmoneus
01 Aug 2021 17:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 532
Views: 56841

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

The only thing keeping it from being classified as a true syllabary, so far as I can see, is that it's too regular for the category it would otherwise be the standout example of. The main thing keeping it from being classified as a true syllabary is the fact that it's an alphabet, and has no proper...
by Salmoneus
01 Aug 2021 13:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 532
Views: 56841

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

Korean wins by a thousand miles if you accept that it is a syllabary. It has 11,172 syllables, every one of which has a distinct Unicode character in the Hangul syllables code block. But Wikipedia shies away from calling Hangul a syllabary, for some reason. Perhaps because the component blocks are ...
by Salmoneus
26 Jul 2021 22:33
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: My Introduction and Conlang
Replies: 17
Views: 358

Re: My Introduction and Conlang

Again, the long and short of it is that languages in and of themselves are not copyrightable But again, while this is the LCS' position, I can't find anything saying that that's actually the law. I agree with the LCS that that's what the law SHOULD be, but only a court can decide whether that's act...
by Salmoneus
26 Jul 2021 15:35
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: My Introduction and Conlang
Replies: 17
Views: 358

Re: My Introduction and Conlang

CAVEAT: I AM NOT A LAWYER. But... On copyright: it's unclear whether you can copyright a language. Logically, you shouldn't be able to. However, the corporate 'owners' of celebrity conlangs, like Klingon, have traditionally claimed that you can, and that they have. Last time I looked into it, the qu...
by Salmoneus
23 Jul 2021 17:27
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 8values political quiz
Replies: 55
Views: 6497

Re: 8values political quiz

Ohhh, that makes sense, I think. I remember being told in high school (so in the early 2000s) by one of our history teachers that, as you said, what were the Republican and Democratic parties were more like national conglomerations of smaller state parties, that tended to act in line with each othe...
by Salmoneus
21 Jul 2021 15:51
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Silicon-based life
Replies: 25
Views: 1003

Re: Silicon-based life

Ah, I see. Thank you for explaining this. And I suppose that means that most sapient species will be psychologically similar to modern humans Depends what you mean by 'similar'. It's certainly possible to have species who are on average very different from humans, to be sure. But not mystically dif...
by Salmoneus
21 Jul 2021 12:31
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Silicon-based life
Replies: 25
Views: 1003

Re: Silicon-based life

I don't understand what is meant by 'more mechanical'. Carbon-based organisms obey the laws of mechanics, just as silicon-based organisms. By "mechanical", I mean whether silicon-based sapients will think more like machines than like animals. Humans, as a carbon-based life-form, are clear...
by Salmoneus
21 Jul 2021 11:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: [Brainstorm] The Seven Qs versus the Deictic Centre
Replies: 5
Views: 561

Re: [Brainstorm] The Seven Qs versus the Deictic Centre

It should be born in mind that philosophy and linguistics operate at different levels - it's rarely wise to assume language works the way philosophers assume language 'should' work. [I was going to give the famous philosophical thought experiment on indexicality, but I see that your link already cov...
by Salmoneus
20 Jul 2021 16:46
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to make a realistic naturalistic Germanic language
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Re: How to make a realistic naturalistic Germanic language

As in the title. What is important Whatever you want to be important! how to make it realistic? Same way as any other a posteriori language: - plausible sound changes - plausible grammatical developments - elements (to a great or lesser degree depending on taste) of similarity with other Germanic l...
by Salmoneus
18 Jul 2021 20:18
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Silicon-based life
Replies: 25
Views: 1003

Re: Silicon-based life

After I finish the kektas/homa/añak/azhwea/sochitl/mophmon bioswath, with its multitudinous animals and its black plants, the final step in my populating the planets of Lehola with species will be the albhikar bioswath, which has silicon-based life. For all the searching the Web for silicon-based l...
by Salmoneus
18 Jul 2021 20:15
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: [Brainstorm] The Seven Qs versus the Deictic Centre
Replies: 5
Views: 561

Re: [Brainstorm] The Seven Qs versus the Deictic Centre

Ah, Ye Olde Conlange Table of Correlatives... natural languages are often less regular than Esperanto, in this respect. Esperanto, incidentally, has nine sets, rather than your seven or English's five: who/which, where, when, what, how, why, whose, what kind of, and how much. The exact set of 'most ...
by Salmoneus
17 Jul 2021 18:07
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 8values political quiz
Replies: 55
Views: 6497

Re: 8values political quiz

As far as I can see, the main problem in the US, as far as the democratic process there goes, is with the central focus on the presidency as both the head of state and the head of government (note that in the "developed world", "global north", whatever you want to call it, despi...
by Salmoneus
16 Jul 2021 00:58
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A note on urban population thresholds
Replies: 6
Views: 641

Re: A note on urban population thresholds

Oh, and another interesting note from that source, that might be useful to worldbuilders... The Roman Republic, during brief periods of crisis, was able to press between 6% and 13% of its entire (free) population into the military (depending on whether you subscribe to high or low theories of Republ...
by Salmoneus
16 Jul 2021 00:10
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A note on urban population thresholds
Replies: 6
Views: 641

Re: A note on urban population thresholds

Sorry, I realise I forgot my footnote on the fall of Rome... ...obviously, Rome had a lot of problems to overcome, and we don't have enough information to reliably assess them. But (from something I read recently) it seems as though a lot of them can be summed up as: labour shortages. It appears, fr...
by Salmoneus
14 Jul 2021 22:41
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 477
Views: 67723

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

The construction with a subordinate clause also used to be far more common in English ("I order that you..."), though this has become less common (except with some verbs, like "demand"). This could/can indeed sometimes be paired with an indirect object as the recipient of the com...
by Salmoneus
13 Jul 2021 16:45
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Teune -- Suggestions Requested
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Teune -- Suggestions Requested

Finally, I would like to bring up some interesting features about this language that help make it unique: 1. Usage of a single lexical term as a general-purpose, catchall locative. The word, 'ender' not only serves as a preposition denoting any of the following: "in, at, on, near, in between, ...
by Salmoneus
13 Jul 2021 13:38
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Foreign Plurals used in English besides Latin and Greek
Replies: 19
Views: 897

Re: Foreign Plurals used in English besides Latin and Greek

I have sometimes seen graffito as a singular of graffiti. Normally graffiti seems to be some kind of mass noun... just like data. Yes. In both cases, these are primarily mass nouns, which have singulative counterparts that are only found in technical, subject-matter writing. Although these originat...
by Salmoneus
13 Jul 2021 13:12
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Foreign Plurals used in English besides Latin and Greek
Replies: 19
Views: 897

Re: Foreign Plurals used in English besides Latin and Greek

Italian is an interesting case, since the most common borrowings from it in English come from plurals. So when dealing with Italian loans, the question is not whether someone uses the native plural but whether they use the native singular. Pasta, pizza, opera, soprano, volcano, lava, finale, fiasco...
by Salmoneus
12 Jul 2021 23:44
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are you listening to/watching?
Replies: 274
Views: 24287

Re: What are you listening to/watching?

I made the mistake of listening to Joplin's Solace . It's a mistake because it's one of the ultimate earworms - it's a simple melody but it just goes round and round without stopping. Joplin himself presumably had this problem, which is why it's twice as long as most of his piano pieces despite bein...
by Salmoneus
12 Jul 2021 02:20
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Naturalistic conlang: Where should a protolang start?
Replies: 5
Views: 504

Re: Naturalistic conlang: Where should a protolang start?

Ah, the eternal question! I think it's worth bearing in mind that this doesn't have to be dichotomous: as well as actually constructing a language, you can sketch it, or just have ideas about it. I guess the 'perfect' thing is to have gradually less and less idea about mother, grandmother, greatgran...