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by Pabappa
26 Sep 2021 00:23
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Random Conworld idea thread
Replies: 475
Views: 133345

Re: Random Conworld idea thread

it seems a bit of a Marysuetopia to be honest, .... you said there'd be backlash but the way you write it up suggests that everyone's behavior just happens to fall in line and there's neither any great opposition to the system nor are there people who take advantage of it. what if i kidnap someone? ...
by Pabappa
23 Sep 2021 13:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 8values political quiz
Replies: 80
Views: 13913

Re: 8values political quiz

From what I gathered from the lede paragraph of Wikipedia, technocracy might be a better description for the Womb Justice power structure than meritocracy is, or at least both could describe it equally well. They promoted people who passed tests showing that they would make good leaders, and these t...
by Pabappa
22 Sep 2021 22:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: What did you accomplish today?
Replies: 406
Views: 68652

Re: What did you accomplish today?

it seems i cant attach external images anymore, so i will just link it: http://pabappa.com/pics/fish/climates.png Ive been spicing up the climates of my planet since they were so boring before, and since Ive moved the focus time of my writing backwards by about 4500 years, and had been planning on h...
by Pabappa
22 Sep 2021 12:43
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 769
Views: 102302

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

So all nouns end in a consonant, except vocatives? And, there are no vocatives that end in a consonant? That's what jumps out at me as unnatural, rather than the affixes being single phonemes. I'd think if you have only one unmarked case, with no syncretism at all, it'd be one of the core "sent...
by Pabappa
21 Sep 2021 23:46
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 8values political quiz
Replies: 80
Views: 13913

Re: 8values political quiz

thanks .... I'd forgotten all about the term meritocracy . I probably knew that word when I was younger and was writing up the political ideologies for the some obscure political parties in my timeline, such as the Womb Justice party, which I just found recently in a very early writeup .... touching...
by Pabappa
17 Sep 2021 09:28
Forum: Language Learning & Non-English
Topic: Last word you learned in a foreign language
Replies: 87
Views: 44921

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kaamos the Finnish word for the long polar night they receive every winter. i found it because i was curious if Arctic cultures would have a specific term for that, and although this is believed to be ultimately a loan from Norse, i imagine it is perceived as an atomic...
by Pabappa
10 Sep 2021 02:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 823
Views: 239227

Re: False cognates

English fry and French frai are apparently unrelated .... both have a variety of senses, but one shared sense between the two words is fish spawn, as in "small fry".
by Pabappa
31 Aug 2021 01:50
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The newest words we’ve learned in a natlang
Replies: 12
Views: 965

Re: The newest words we’ve learned in a natlang

🤷maybe we can repurpose this thread for English words only then? Our only two examples so far are.
by Pabappa
30 Aug 2021 18:37
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The newest words we’ve learned in a natlang
Replies: 12
Views: 965

Re: The newest words we’ve learned in a natlang

apodictic .... it came up in a ZBB thread recently. I heard the word **many** years ago in a faux academic context on a children's TV show, but I mentally parsed it as "apple-dictic" and as i grew up i figured it might have just been a nonsense word.
by Pabappa
29 Aug 2021 14:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 769
Views: 102302

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

Do you restirct this to having nothing between the two complements, not even a pause in speech? Thats what I understood you to mean, and that means that none of the English examples come close, and no, I dont have any natlang examples either, though my understanding is that Lojban is all about this ...
by Pabappa
26 Aug 2021 23:38
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: A South-Romance Romlang
Replies: 8
Views: 1167

Re: A South-Romance Romlang

Very nice. I like that you kept the -s. And the noun case system. That's a lot of fricatives, though .... considering how rare geminates were in classical Latin, it seems like your words will not have a lot of stops left.
by Pabappa
21 Aug 2021 14:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: A speedlang with some African feel
Replies: 6
Views: 1268

Re: A speedlang with some African feel

Very nice. is that standout cluster actually [tmp] or do you have a syllabic /m/ in the middle? The lack of voiced fricatives is interesting. Do they ever devoice allophonically?
by Pabappa
19 Aug 2021 14:47
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Other Creativity
Replies: 1289
Views: 268232

Re: Other Creativity

i redrew the borders of the 50 states to my own liking, corresponding to the National Weather Services' forecast regional boundaries. http://pabappa.com/etc2/50states_thumb.png (edit: if the image doesnt show up, the link will still work) This is a project that stands by itself, not part of any conw...
by Pabappa
16 Aug 2021 00:40
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Weapons and Armor of Conworlds
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: Weapons and Armor of Conworlds

My people ... yes the whole planet .... are by nature more pacifistic than humans on Earth, and many nations have no standing army, no armor, and no weapons apart from what they need to eat their food. One might expect a single rebellious nation to suit and arm its entire adult population, invade th...
by Pabappa
12 Aug 2021 14:41
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: (C&C) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 1839
Views: 469813

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

so far as I know, the Romans named the planets after their gods, but they didnt believe that the planets were their gods. I dont know if this also applies to the Sun and Moon, or to the Greeks, or the other tribes who did the same sort of thing ... I just know what I know because I looked it up to g...
by Pabappa
12 Aug 2021 11:26
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 769
Views: 102302

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

well it depends .... is creaky voice confined to stressed syllables? if creaky voice can only occur in stressed syllables, do you really need stacked diacritics? the dot should serve to indicate stress with creaky voice , and the grave to indicate stress without creaky voice. whether the stress in a...
by Pabappa
10 Aug 2021 22:48
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: How do you say "bee" and "wasp" in Algic languages?
Replies: 31
Views: 1628

Re: How do you say "bee" and "wasp" in Algic languages?

Okay, thanks. Sounds like we really could do just about anything here..... maybe in European languages there's a tendency to find a one-to-one correspondence in where to draw the line between one animal and another in immediately adjacent languages, so that the categories of bee and wasp are fairly ...
by Pabappa
10 Aug 2021 16:59
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: How do you say "bee" and "wasp" in Algic languages?
Replies: 31
Views: 1628

Re: How do you say "bee" and "wasp" in Algic languages?

Can we go by nests? I actually dont know much about this myself, but bees' nests are pretty distinctive, right? And I'd think that that would be an inherited trait, so it would line up with the scientific division between the two, except that I'm sure, like so often in nature, some species within th...
by Pabappa
07 Aug 2021 20:10
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 769
Views: 102302

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

Do most of you prefer using <k> as opposed to <c> to represent the /k/ sound in your languages? I've been thinking of using <c> in Arculese, in part because /k/ is pronounced more like /c/ before front vowels, but unfortunately whenever I do this Arculese starts to have, for me, a "Romance&quo...
by Pabappa
06 Aug 2021 21:13
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: How NOT to Conworld.
Replies: 266
Views: 61724

Re: How NOT to Conworld.

Okay this is sort of a mess because Im referring to four different worlds here .... an early childhood writing which combines science fiction and magic, a teenage writing which was much the same but had teens instead of young kids as the superheros .... a later teenage writing where i STILL had magi...