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by WeepingElf
30 Jun 2020 15:41
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?

Well, it is merely an idea I exploit in my conculture. I don't really believe in it having been real. Your observations on the Atlantis myth are valid and correct.
by WeepingElf
29 Jun 2020 15:57
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?

What's the counterargument that it wasn't the Minoan culture? They even had (the idea of) hieroglyphs that may indicate that there was more going on than just trade routes with Egypt. The geography does not fit! It is not "beyond the Pillars of Hercules" (some authors have tried to move the Pillars...
by WeepingElf
28 Jun 2020 17:01
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?

The question there then becomes "where to place Atlantis?", and I think WeepingElf has summed up why answering that question is pretty difficult (we know that it didn't exist, and assuming it isn't just pure allegorical fiction, the possible sources of inspiration probably weren't capable of crossi...
by WeepingElf
27 Jun 2020 23:28
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: What if Aztlan and Atlantis were cognate names?

The idea that Aztlán and Atlantis are the same name for the same place has been peddled by hundreds of "I have found Atlantis!" crackpots; in fact, it is a standard staple in this kind of pseudo-science. Now I hardly know anything about Nahuatl, and therefore have no idea of what Aztlán means or wha...
by WeepingElf
18 Jun 2020 18:19
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1792
Views: 394042

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

jimydog000 wrote:
18 Jun 2020 14:55
WeepingElf wrote:
18 Jun 2020 13:50
It's best the way it is. Neither circlifying the octagon nor filling the little white spaces would improve it, I think.
lol, your avatar.
My avatar was not the reason to make this suggestion. I do think your flag looks more interesting than mine the way it is.
by WeepingElf
18 Jun 2020 13:50
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1792
Views: 394042

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

It's best the way it is. Neither circlifying the octagon nor filling the little white spaces would improve it, I think.
by WeepingElf
13 Jun 2020 19:20
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Another Almost-Cartesian Consonant Inventory
Replies: 30
Views: 659

Re: Another Almost-Cartesian Consonant Inventory

eldin raigmore wrote:
13 Jun 2020 18:04
I don’t think seinsart and gender are the same thing.
They aren't. In fact, Seinsart is not a commonly used German word, rather something to find in the writings of German-language philosophers. The German word for 'gender' is Geschlecht.
by WeepingElf
12 Jun 2020 12:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Another Almost-Cartesian Consonant Inventory
Replies: 30
Views: 659

Re: Another Almost-Cartesian Consonant Inventory

“Seinsart” is German for “mode of being”. “Sart ” is cognate with “sort” and means something like “type”. Correction (from a native German speaker): Sart is not a German word. The second member of Seinsart is Art 'type, species'. But your translation of Seinsart is correct, even if it is a very unc...
by WeepingElf
05 Jun 2020 18:02
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11806
Views: 1424127

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

I describe the vowel system of my Elvish language's abugida as follows: "[t]he native script is an abugida with an inherent [​i] and the remaining seven vowels arranged from first high-to-low, then front-to-back as diacritics—[y, u, e, ɛ, œ, ɔ, ɑ]". Are the descriptors in the correct order for the ...
by WeepingElf
29 Feb 2020 18:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Today I learned ...
Replies: 65
Views: 52673

Re: Today I learned ...

Long vowels in Baltic languages derive from V+nasal. Lithuanian marks them with a hook <ę> while Latvian marks them with a nasal line <ē>. Both letters also derive from how nasals used to be written. Not all long vowels in Baltic languages derive from VN groups, though; some in Lithuanian do so, an...
by WeepingElf
27 Feb 2020 21:32
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Forth
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: Forth

So Khemehekis claims I'm a "prolific engelanger", and while I'm not quite so convinced I'm "prolific", engelangs are absolutely my thing, so I thought I'd try and deliver on that. After toying with some more "usual" ideas to get back into conlanging, I want to see how far this concept goes. Since b...
by WeepingElf
22 Feb 2020 12:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Forth
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: Forth

Salmoneus wrote:
21 Feb 2020 18:00
Do you mean BART, or are you thinking of a different one?
I mean just that one.
by WeepingElf
21 Feb 2020 17:31
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Forth
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: Forth

Don't let yourself be deterred by the existence of Fith! Just because there already is a stack-based conlang, doesn't mean you can't make a different stack-based conlang. I know a guy who is working on a Romance language of Britain, despite the fact that there's already Brithenig. The point is that ...
by WeepingElf
18 Feb 2020 19:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Qutrussan Revisited: A Tigro-Euphratic Language?
Replies: 11
Views: 626

Re: Qutrussan Revisited: A Tigro-Euphratic Language?

I like this. Historical linguists would probably get headaches trying to classify this - parts of the morphology are quite clearly IE, other parts just as clearly Semitic, etc. - reminds me of the contentions about Etruscan, which some people believe to be related to IE (some even claim that it was ...
by WeepingElf
14 Feb 2020 22:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 136
Views: 2168

Re: What did you accomplish today?

Ejectives? Does that mean your language has *four* stop series, or did you drop the aspirates as in modern Greek? There are three. The old voiceless stops have become ejectives; aspirated and voiced stops stayed what they were (the Georgian voiceless pulmonic stops are phonetically aspirated), and ...
by WeepingElf
14 Feb 2020 18:59
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 136
Views: 2168

Re: What did you accomplish today?

I've come up with a conscript - for a conlang that I've not even worked out yet. And most modern computers should display it properly. Huh? The language is "Colchidic Greek", a Hellenic language spoken in Georgia for which I already have a phoneme inventory, and the script consists of the Greek alph...
by WeepingElf
16 Jan 2020 18:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Proto-(Indo)-Mesopotamian (IE diachronic lang)
Replies: 10
Views: 635

Re: Proto-(Indo)-Mesopotamian (IE diachronic lang)

This all looks perfectly fine and reasonable, and 4000 BC is a more reasonable guess for Early PIE than Renfrew's 7000 BC, though I'd personally put it a bit later, perhaps 3500 BC (Late PIE may have been as late as about 3000 BC, as the great Yamnaya migrations apparently did not start earlier, and...
by WeepingElf
05 Jan 2020 21:47
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11806
Views: 1424127

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

Substratum theories are now pretty much out of fashion in Romance and Celtic linguistics. The dialectal divisions within Romance do not match the linguistic divisions in pre-Roman Western Europe well, and the phenomena the substratum theories sought to explain are in most instances simply not old e...
by WeepingElf
31 Dec 2019 17:16
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Idea about darker and edgier elves (scratchpad???)
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Idea about darker and edgier elves (scratchpad???)

I like this. It's a quite original treatment of this concept that has fallen to clichés, brushing it against the stroke. You know, I have my own ideas about Elves, and while my Elves are also not really like Tolkienian or most post-Tolkienian Elves, they are very different - they are just a human et...
by WeepingElf
31 Dec 2019 17:11
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 11806
Views: 1424127

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

Substratum theories are now pretty much out of fashion in Romance and Celtic linguistics. The dialectal divisions within Romance do not match the linguistic divisions in pre-Roman Western Europe well, and the phenomena the substratum theories sought to explain are in most instances simply not old en...