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by sangi39
03 May 2021 18:32
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Magical Economics
Replies: 17
Views: 578

Re: Magical Economics

What can we say about necromancers? Well, a necromancer is basically the same as a union boss: she controls a certain amount of labour (that is, she uses her influence over a supply of labour to enforce collective bargaining agreements). So, all else being equal, having a necromancer around raises ...
by sangi39
03 May 2021 18:05
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 478
Views: 37330

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

Has anyone made a new orthography for English, where, if you see a written word, its spelling always tells exactly how it's pronounced, and if you hear a word, its sounds always tell exactly how it's spelled? In other words, you don't have to memorize both spelling and pronunciation. If does have, ...
by sangi39
02 May 2021 01:45
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Magical Economics
Replies: 17
Views: 578

Re: Magical Economics

Probably more related to DnD and similar games, but what if there was some group of necromancers in some settlement who are capable of raising the dead, and can put them to work doing stuff like mining, logging, seed-planting, harvesting, tree picking, and I guess something like basic infrastructure...
by sangi39
14 Apr 2021 19:09
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 540
Views: 45348

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

So, it seems that things have started getting heated and personal within the responses to the most recent "quick question". I suggest that everyone step back from it now before it goes further down hill, because I don't think it's going to lead to any sort of progressive discussion the way it's goin...
by sangi39
10 Apr 2021 16:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 478
Views: 37330

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

I just found that the Lithuanian word for "boa" is smauglys , and I suspect that it is a cognate with Proto-Slavic *smokъ "dragon" and Old Norse smjúga "to creep through". Is there information about the etymology of this word? The only thing I've been able to find so far is that it might come from ...
by sangi39
07 Apr 2021 03:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 478
Views: 37330

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

Not a quick question really, but a friend came to me with this: https://i.imgur.com/djuWlfu.jpg ... asking if I might know anyone who might be able to translate it (assuming they could read the handwriting). We're both fairly sure it's some form of Italian (probably Neopolitan?) from the late 16th C...
by sangi39
04 Apr 2021 23:53
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 540
Views: 45348

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

Ooo, thinking about it, I've seen that Sardinian either does or used to use < sç ç > for /ʃ tʃ/, and then < x j > for /ʒ dʒ/, where < sç ç j > were alternatives for < sci/e ci/e gi/e >, so you could have /ibd͡ʒarʃt/ be < ibgiarsçt >. I know you said it wasn't very fitting with the aesthetic, but at ...
by sangi39
04 Apr 2021 19:23
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 919
Views: 199433

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

Word 1 - Word 2 - Word 3 - Word 4 - Word 5 A [ˈt͡ɕʼiːnd͡zuː] - [guˈt͡θʼɛːŋa] - [ˌt͡ɕiːt͡sʼaˈɓeː] - [haˈðoːppɔː] - [ʈ͡ʂʼiːˈnʱaːð] B [ˈt͡ʃʼindru] - [goˈt͡θʼɛma] - [ˈt͡ʃit͡ʃʼaˌɓe] - [haˈvoːpɔ] - [ˈt͡sʼiŋŋan] < [ˈt͡ʃʼiːndzuː] - [guˈt͡θʼɛːma] - [ˈt͡ʃiːt͡ʃʼaˌɓeː] - [haˈðoːppɔː] - [ˈt͡sʼiːnhaːd] C [ˈt͡sʼi...
by sangi39
04 Apr 2021 14:24
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 540
Views: 45348

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

Not sure if this counts as a "quick question" since it's pretty long, but... I have a question about the plausibility of a language having this phonology and orthography when it's set in what's IRL Sardinia and Corscia in an alternative world where things are probably mostly similar to the IRL worl...
by sangi39
02 Apr 2021 01:19
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 919
Views: 199433

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

I've prepared my response to ɶʙ ɞʛ's second attempt, but I'd really like for the game to have more than one participant per round, if possible. I'm personally willing to wait if anyone wants to participate, but is currently too busy to do so. I massively fell behind on this (I took on additional ev...
by sangi39
14 Mar 2021 12:38
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Making a Music Culture?
Replies: 75
Views: 2889

Re: Making a Music Culture?

Torco wrote: 09 Mar 2021 05:32 * repetition legitimizes. repetition legitimizes. repetition legitimizes. repetition legitimizes.
[plays The Lick]

(other than "check YouTube" and throwing out a handful of names like Adam Neely, Yogev Gabay, and Anuja Kamat, I didn't have much to contribute, but loving the thread)
by sangi39
26 Feb 2021 13:16
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Quick Diachronics Challenge
Replies: 919
Views: 199433

Re: Quick Diachronics Challenge

Word 1 - Word 2 - Word 3 - Word 4 - Word 4 A [ˈt͡ɕʼiːnd͡zuː] - [guˈt͡θʼɛːŋa] - [ˌt͡ɕiːt͡sʼaˈɓeː] - [haˈðoːppɔː] - [ʈ͡ʂʼiːˈnʱaːð] B [ˈt͡ʃʼindru] - [goˈt͡θʼɛma] - [ˈt͡ʃit͡ʃʼaˌɓe] - [haˈvoːpɔ] - [ˈt͡sʼiŋŋan] C [ˈt͡sʼinɔs] - [goˈt͡θʼœːma] - [ˈt͡siːt͡sʼaʔ] - [haˈfoʔef] - [ˈt͡sʼinɛççe] D [ˈt͡sʼinsu] - [g...
by sangi39
12 Feb 2021 23:13
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 540
Views: 45348

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

I tried to give this some though while I was at work, and I could only come up with a basic idea: 1) The original paradigm had just nom.sing. -a , obl.sing. -i , and number was unmarked. 2) Some old demonstratives come along, possibly *ʡa (used with human male nouns), and *ta (used with human female...
by sangi39
06 Feb 2021 00:08
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 540
Views: 45348

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

I swear I've seen languages where the verb "governs" different cases for the direct object. Icelandic maybe (honestly haven't looked it in a while)? But doesn't seem too odd. There must be some way to justify it historically, like, maybe an instance where a language with secundative alignment combin...
by sangi39
25 Jan 2021 22:54
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News Thread
Replies: 100
Views: 76544

Re: Forum News Thread

From the Admin

Arayik Tonikyan has been banned for being a sock-puppet account for Lothar von Trotha / Otto Kretschmer
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by sangi39
21 Jan 2021 19:50
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 478
Views: 37330

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

Even in English, the idea of fog "rising" is confusing. When mists begin, they rise, and so if a mist got thicker you could loosely say it was rising. However, fogs fall, or descend. If someone told me the fog was rising, I would probably assume they meant the fog was lifting (i.e. getting less thi...
by sangi39
19 Jan 2021 01:36
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: When gender changed between past and present
Replies: 9
Views: 795

Re: When gender changed between past and present

Seems this post has appeared three times across the Board. Since this one has been replied to first, I'll delete the other two [:)]
by sangi39
09 Jan 2021 13:51
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How to start making a conlang?
Replies: 6
Views: 894

Re: How to start making a conlang?

if this all seems a bit overwhelming, you can always just start small. you didnt say where your world is set up ... e.g. is this an alternate Earth or not? even if not, if this is your first-ever language, you could start with something close to home, like a descendant of English or some other lang...
by sangi39
08 Jan 2021 21:39
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 478
Views: 37330

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

If the Latin word legion wad borrowed into Balto Slavic at the time of Principate, how would its Slavic reflex sound? *ležǫ, maybe? Which would give Russian, for example, something like лежу ? By this time, however, I think Slavic is usually thought to be distinct from Baltic, but hadn't undergone ...
by sangi39
08 Jan 2021 00:24
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 478
Views: 37330

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

Were there already Jews living in Slavic lands in Proto-Slavic times/ Weird that the word is borrowed from Italian rather than Greek or the French dialect Jews spoke. IIRC, the Vulgar Latin form of Iūdaeus would be, approximately, /ʝudeo/, which is, to my mind, effectively close enough to the Itali...