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by Salmoneus
01 Dec 2021 01:31
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...

Yeah, and this extends to some very particular physical capabilites as well: nilotes are pretty tall and lanky, which is good for some sports, ethiopians (and probably just a specific group of ethiopians, i don't know which) seem to be really good at marathons. It's mostly the Oromo, and primarily ...
by Salmoneus
01 Dec 2021 00:28
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: (EE) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 737
Views: 324184

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

Huh, I thought I remembered there having been a conversation in response to that. Well, never mind. Anyway, yesterday I was struck by some cybermonday sales offering SD card at better than half price. I was sore tempted, on account of the discount - "but it's such a good investment!", I gr...
by Salmoneus
29 Nov 2021 23:37
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Tools for grammatical evolution?
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: Tools for grammatical evolution?

It's harder to describe grammatical changes in a chart - they're all more unique, they're gradual, and there's often a lot more of them. It may be helpful to look at some actual languages and their histories. [bearing in mind, however, that the gradual shift from highly inflected Proto-Indo-European...
by Salmoneus
27 Nov 2021 18:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: If natlangs were conlangs
Replies: 122
Views: 73101

Re: If natlangs were conlangs

English has anglicised older layers of loanwords, yes, because they're old. They very much weren't anglicised for the first few hundred years, giving us /Z/ and /y/ and /ui/ and things like that. And more modern loanwords are only sporadically anglicised, which is why words like 'envelope' still vio...
by Salmoneus
26 Nov 2021 20:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 831
Views: 117229

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

Interesting that Tamazight and Bella Coola are two of the most famously phonotactically nightmarish languages, suggesting (I don't know their actual diachronics) that they've probably undergone exteme syncope in the past. I wonder whether the lack of word stress is just a result of all the unstresse...
by Salmoneus
26 Nov 2021 16:56
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 831
Views: 117229

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

I can't swear to the details of anything in French. However, it's certainly possible for a language to have intonation patterns, which can include elements (in timing, pitch, amplitude) we might associate with stress. And it's possible for a language to have no phonemic stress, and, in the absence o...
by Salmoneus
24 Nov 2021 20:45
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...

So, I gather, IYO it would most likely be the natural course of things for human populations to converge rather than diverge. No, populations absolutely do diverge, and have done. It's just that it takes a very, very long time for that divergence to be more than cosmetic. Yet, the challenge that I ...
by Salmoneus
22 Nov 2021 02:25
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XIV - IT BEGINS (late signups accepted)
Replies: 148
Views: 10423

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

I'm only the one holding up Ring 1 by two weeks, so I can't answer for Ring 2, but I'll apologise nonetheless. My biggest problems have been lack of time and general malaise, followed by some combination of the counterintuitiveness of the language I'm translating out of, my difficulty understanding ...
by Salmoneus
20 Nov 2021 22:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Visigothic 2.0
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: Visigothic 2.0

Unlike the original version of the language ("Visigothic 1.0", if you will), I don't intend for this iteration of Visigothic to be a "bogolang", "graftlang", or whatever you'd prefer to call the result of applying some approximation of the sound changes between Latin a...
by Salmoneus
19 Nov 2021 14:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Questions on Finnish and Estonian Phonology and Orthography [split]
Replies: 30
Views: 851

Re: Questions on Finnish and Estonian Phonology and Orthography [split]

I think my issue here is with Xonen's original moral/ontological dimension: the idea that it "was actually" /T/, while /ts/ is only a "dialectalism". If you're saying that it started out /ts/ everywhere, always remained /ts/ in some places and is mostly /ts/ now, but was temporar...
by Salmoneus
19 Nov 2021 03:16
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: The Werra challenge: questions, questions ...

This here is a map of Werra. Werra is a relatively small continent, surrounded by oceans in the southern hemisphere of the planet Tolouga. And here ends all similarity with Australia. Werra is unique because a humanoid race survived here that drifted apart some 100.000 years ago. Only in modern tim...
by Salmoneus
15 Nov 2021 03:51
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: If natlangs were conlangs
Replies: 122
Views: 73101

Re: If natlangs were conlangs

To be fair, the creator of English hasn't bothered creating new words for almost anything in the last... what, 1,200 years? They just cycle through which languages to borrow from. OK, so I'll grant you that "network", "internet" and "software" are innovations. But "...
by Salmoneus
14 Nov 2021 17:51
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Seeking advice about a phonemic inventory
Replies: 11
Views: 368

Re: Seeking advice about a phonemic inventory

On Earth, the human species has domesticated certain animal and plant species, selecting specific traits that were especially convenient for food production. Domestication exists throughout all the Continent, but a fortunate accident of nature allowed another parallel process to take place in the l...
by Salmoneus
13 Nov 2021 22:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XIV - IT BEGINS (late signups accepted)
Replies: 148
Views: 10423

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

Fair warning: this is going to take me a long time.
by Salmoneus
09 Nov 2021 01:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: CBB Conlang Relay XIV - IT BEGINS (late signups accepted)
Replies: 148
Views: 10423

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

Received the torch from Mandinruh. I must admit, I'd overlooked that shuffling the rings would mean I'd be one person ealier... not a major problem, but I'll say up front that I won't have any time tomorrow (though should be able to get into it on Wednesday). And I've apparently got a 40-page gramma...
by Salmoneus
08 Nov 2021 22:01
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conworldology of Vagrancy
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: The Conworldology of Vagrancy

Didn't pre-modern wars also cause vagrancy? I suppose they must have done, at least on the small scale - if someone burns down your house and salts your fields, you kind of have to move. But it doesn't seem to have caused any large-scale issues, even during things like the Wars of the Roses or the ...
by Salmoneus
07 Nov 2021 21:41
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: The Conworldology of Vagrancy
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: The Conworldology of Vagrancy

I think you're conflating some very different phenomena - vagrancy, homelessness, houselessness, transhumance, mendicancy, nomadism. Following cattle does't mean you don't have a home, or even that you don't have a house (just that you don't sleep in the same house all the time). Historically, 'vagr...
by Salmoneus
22 Oct 2021 15:01
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Roman Emperor Statistics
Replies: 21
Views: 1068

Re: Roman Emperor Statistics

I think the general historical assessment is that the stricter and more impersonal your rules of succession are, the less likely you are to get good rulers (because you're making the system effectively more random with regard to personal characteristics)... but the more likely you are to have stabil...
by Salmoneus
21 Oct 2021 23:03
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 843
Views: 246252

Re: False cognates

Latin nivalis - "snowy"
Dutch nevelig - "foggy"
by Salmoneus
21 Oct 2021 13:54
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: A note on urban population thresholds
Replies: 17
Views: 2341

Re: A note on urban population thresholds

If you look at earnings in the UK, you see a pattern of extreme volatility. In 1268, average earnings reached nearly £1600 (in today's money), but by 1272 they had fallen to just over £800! Of course, volatility goes both ways. If you were lucky enough to survive the plague, then your earnings in 1...