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Atlantis - Audionautix

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S'arbocell tus èu. Ras tondem madissaivar!
Little Winter is gone. Now we can really enjoy spring!
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quoting Rhetorica, Kelatetía: Dis, Major Belt 1:
Easy, if they're connected globally through fast trade: flu season.

"Flu season". It's funny to think about it right now.

A few days ago I decided I'm going to have four seasons and 6 minor seasons, the first ones marked by astronomy and climate, while the others are more determined by climate and biology (or biorhythms). And the minor season that falls in the last two thirds of nausard "autumn" will be named with that etymology.
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Sis cestalls tafatzs gent erds taulatzs. Maŀlajatz nuoŀla.
All the supermarkets are empty. Damn virus.
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It was Winter, in the ninety-first year of the second reign of Klito XIX (Klito the Nineteenth), when the woman arrived at the temple.
Arboçaia ageny is golard-ondre jan i is noscar tendatz na Klito xix (Klito i nigol), te as danall ic assarvac se damne.
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<H13> the noises u make when u suck dick do not qualify as a conlang
<H13> sorry to say
<Barsuga_> why not, that was good enough for Switzerland apparently
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Well, we can read something more on the cosmogonical and cosmological ideas of the Bredezhanean peoples, this time taken from Pamfènoe, their sacred book. It complements this.
    It's an almost finished article. Some day I'll put the part on Foundations of the Cosmos and Natural knowledge. And I need to find a way to put appendix-like information on the Maires' names in various languages, but that's not really important; perhaps in the Ebony Lodge.
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It was Winter, in the ninety-first year of the second reign of Klito XIX (Klito the Nineteenth), when the woman arrived at the temple.

CLASSICAL ILLERAN (6th c. LILPO): Reselíat, pléovet vesalkevis il leví hakrodeklo-talo o Klitéan ʖLevis (o Klito Mivesevis), sta ha koistillas ogelzé.

WANISINESE ILLERAN (124th c. WANPO): Reselyat, wete ple vezagev il lev halo il Klito ʖLev (o Klito Stavezev), ogeze godya melas kistilla.

REGENI LILITIC (4th c. TGC): Kimoite, en ninta he enevi etos il diavi basileno il to Klito ΙΘʹ (o Klito Dekaennea), gina hikanelle an Heirelias.

MODERN IMPERIAL WANISINI (124th c. WANPO): Klaregsat, lak e tangtakhev plevot il lenev Salkzeto il o Klito ƧN.ʖev (o Klito Raitang e Mitev), oymor sto o tigvotikolos.

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Linguistic family tree for the above (Archipelagian, Wanisini, and Wanisinese Illeran are all contemporary; true Illeran is many thousands of years old at this point):

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(Not diagrammed: Later developments in Lilitika, history of Oksirapho, modern revivalist Illeran, or any influences from foreign languages. Most obviously, by the time of the Regeni/Reed era in Thet, most vocabulary had been replaced with Greek due to Glissia influence within academic communities. Bizarrely this is not the only Terran in the samples given: the Illeran word pléovu, "year," has been reconstructed as having an ancestor in Classical English "planet.")
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Unum saltum et siffletum et unum bumbulum.
One jump, one whistle, and one fart.
Ont dòl, ont llaussic, è ont bunt.
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I had a teenage phase as a computing history enthusiast, which was centred specifically around Multics and other MIT developments of the seventies, particularly Lisp machines and ITS. (Separately and concurrently I have a soft spot for the C64 and the Amiga. I usually win at retrocomputing trivia.) My admiration for PL/I is one unfettered by any actual experience with it, although when one understands the differences between it and C, the motivation between new projects like Rust and Go becomes blindingly obvious. In the nineties all of the software engineers who had the necessary expertise to reverse C's momentum were working on Java, so only now, after Oracle has ruined Java, has the brain drain been over for long enough to move attention back to putting the other academic discoveries of the seventies and eighties into real use. Rust has a built-in fixed-precision library, so even COBOL's day in the sun could conceivably end.

One other thing about PL/I: it was somewhat infamous in its heyday as being cumbersome and overly complex, but compared to Java and mid-nineties C++ it was quite small. Anything you might read about PL/I being obnoxious or baroque is propaganda written by people with access to, at best, a few hundred kilowords of core, i.e., less than a megabyte of RAM. You might not want to use it for embedded programming these days, but the most important implementation, Multics EPL, was a systems-oriented subset that didn't include all of the language's features.

Anyway. I assume this was brought up because I casually made mention about tinkering with Octavia. To be honest, programming a basic language interpreter isn't really that hard, though it does require some creative problem-solving if you've never taken a course on it. Clean tokenization was something that took me a few tries to understand properly; the first few designs I wrote in high school were based on string prefix-matching, which invariably led to problems when function notation and infix operators were combined. Even Octavia's implementation of tokenization, which was written all the way back in 2009 when I was still a first-year undergrad, had some deficiencies in this regard for the longest time—it would occasionally do bizarre things like abort parsing because of unmatched parentheses inside string literals. I haven't actually coded a language from scratch since that time (Sappho's p3 interpreter was written around the same timeframe, in an even worse language) so I'm somewhat looking forward to doing a new implementation, especially one with less of a post-hoc attitude toward functions and objects.

Programming language theory and linguistics have a lot in common, but unfortunately enthusiasts of both are scarce. PLT does a lot of work with formalizing concepts of a statement's context that are potentially a gold mine for conlanging, especially philosophical languages. As far as I know Lojban and Ithkuil never approached these subjects and have mostly concentrated on providing the tools that their respective authors felt they needed to describe their own thoughts—by far my favourite is that Lojban wasted a three-phoneme word (which is prime real estate from a Huffman coding perspective) on a connective that indicates the Cartesian product (every pairwise combination of elements from sets X and Y), which I sincerely doubt anyone has ever used or will ever use.

So... yeah. Look forward to that. I'll try to make it interesting without making it too hard to convert Octavia code.
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