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by sangi39
23 Jul 2021 20:25
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 8values political quiz
Replies: 55
Views: 6505

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 sangi39
23 Jul 2021 00:05
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 8values political quiz
Replies: 55
Views: 6505

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 sangi39
19 Jul 2021 13:41
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 696
Views: 72600

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

Maybe the hard question is still where such a consonant system could appear. I mean, barring the lack of /b d g f/, it's basically got the same consonants as Dutch and various Frisian languages, the latter of which also saw (some) fronting of velars, and a merger of the dental fricatives into the a...
by sangi39
18 Jul 2021 15:46
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 696
Views: 72600

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

I have been thing how Proto-Germanic (or some later variety) could "naturalistically" develop this consonant system: " p t̪ t͡s k m n ŋ s x z ɣ l ɾ (or possibly ʀ) ʋ j " In isolation, isolation it is not hard to find up several roads, but what could be a naturalistic social cont...
by sangi39
17 Jul 2021 03:24
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 8values political quiz
Replies: 55
Views: 6505

Re: 8values political quiz

and for many years I've had my doubts that democracy really has a future in this world, I'm pretty sure democracy (as it's understood and practiced in the US) is a sunk ship. Let the band play on to the bitter end! It's been attacked for quite a while and is recently being dismembered. I am curious...
by sangi39
11 Jul 2021 14:36
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 696
Views: 72600

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

Are there any documented languages with a syllabic ŋ? the cantonese surname https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ng_(name) also exists. they also have a syllabic /m/, and, though i havent looked, i imagine there's probably a syllabic /n/ too. Surprisingly not. The only syllabic consonants in Cantonese are...
by sangi39
01 Jul 2021 00:29
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: 8values political quiz
Replies: 55
Views: 6505

Re: 8values political quiz

So I decided to take the 9Axes test again, just to see if anything had changed over the past year, and I quite liked looking at what's more or less stayed the same, and where the big jumps are. https://i.imgur.com/xHCGwGn.png I think the big jumps (Federal vs. Unitary, Militarist vs. Pacifist, Secur...
by sangi39
29 Jun 2021 01:18
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 477
Views: 67735

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Heeeyyy! It's Lambuzhao. It's been a bit [:)]
by sangi39
22 Jun 2021 00:11
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 477
Views: 67735

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Fiiiiiinally getting to play DnD again! Half-orc druid here I come! [:D]
by sangi39
26 May 2021 19:47
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 477
Views: 67735

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Well the petition ended up getting 34000 signatures in the end, which is pretty cool The University Executive Board, though, voted in favour of a proposal for closing the department, but has suggested merging human osteology and cultural heritage into other departments (which ones, I don't know yet)...
by sangi39
22 May 2021 01:49
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 477
Views: 67735

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

There's obviously some truth to that excuse: academia does have a problem with budgets being hogged by ancient professors and emeritus professors who have hung around the place for decades, picking up friends and reputation on the basis of that one book they wrote forty years ago, blocking younger ...
by sangi39
22 May 2021 01:17
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 477
Views: 67735

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Found out today that the University of Sheffield might move to close their archaeology department once the current load of students graduate. Obviously me thinking that sucks does come from a very personal place, but I do think it would be a shame in general. It's ranked pretty highly as a departme...
by sangi39
22 May 2021 00:50
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 477
Views: 67735

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Have you heard what's happening at the University of Leicester? Earlier this year, they announced that they needed to sack 145 academics in order to "decolonise" the curriculum - including entirely shutting down its mediaeval and early modern literature courses (which typically studies no...
by sangi39
20 May 2021 21:06
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Sixth Conversation Thread
Replies: 477
Views: 67735

Re: The Sixth Conversation Thread

Found out today that the University of Sheffield might move to close their archaeology department once the current load of students graduate. Obviously me thinking that sucks does come from a very personal place, but I do think it would be a shame in general. It's ranked pretty highly as a departmen...
by sangi39
03 May 2021 18:32
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Magical Economics
Replies: 18
Views: 1784

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: 532
Views: 56851

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: 18
Views: 1784

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: 696
Views: 72600

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...
by sangi39
10 Apr 2021 16:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 532
Views: 56851

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 f...
by sangi39
07 Apr 2021 03:57
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 532
Views: 56851

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...