Money Thread (2019-05-23 19:55:24)
:Convertible currencies! A perfect example of a nerd-magnetic curiosity, and yet it somehow has evaded any constuff I can think of. Brilliant idea.
I'm afraid I may have some strong opinions about that writing system, though. It's not a good sign when each element in a featural writing system has its own postal code. Maybe try making the vertical and horizontal lines shorter? It's okay as-is for a couple of words, but that is definitely not a font you'd typeset a book in.
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Translate the previous sounds (2019-05-02 16:16:56)
:[b]frangje[/b] [ˈfɾɒ:ŋʲe] → [b]farán gé[/b] [faˈɹɐːnˀ ge̞] "to go from amount" (using the genitive rather than the ablative), i.e., go big or go home (Ketalán Lilitika)
Tshentkoisasa [t͡ɕɛntʰˈχoɪɹ̝̊aɹ̝̊a][note][ɹ̝̊] is a slightly-lisped [!s], as in a mild Castillian accent[/note] "the ritual touring of one's past homes prior to marriage" (Doisseian Lilitika)
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Archaic knowledge. Cosmogonies, cosmologies and naturalia (2019-04-24 13:31:56)
:I haven't mentioned it very much here (and the documentation at memory.rhetori.ca is pretty sparse, too) but relatively early on it became apparent that the Lilitai were not destined to last as a unified people. In the early years after the exodus, their culture experienced something of a golden age, not unlike that of many beloved ancient cultures, where personal discretion was the moral core of their character, and ancient social institutions became just another current in an ocean of interact...
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Archaic knowledge. Cosmogonies, cosmologies and naturalia (2019-04-24 02:09:06)
:Most of the lore surrounding Ksreskézaian mythology has not been passed down to us. Fragments have been preserved in secondary texts, such as descriptions of the Hunt of the Roots pageant, but our primary source remains comparisons and remarks by prominent Lilitu authors, especially Sarthía and early Alestéan separatists like Súlevía Ekñedkh'lesa, Krizna Tsaklonía, and Géa il Kotlat Búterko (Gegloko I of Wanisin.) The window we are afforded by these writers into the ancient Ksreskézaian belief s...
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Archaic knowledge. Cosmogonies, cosmologies and naturalia (2019-04-24 00:32:55)
:I wouldn't say it's all that niche. Concultures, except for the implausibly agnostic, almost necessarily involve a creation myth at one stage or another. I might go so far as to say that there are several real cultures that I know little of aside from their cosmogonies. They're memorable, require no real research to design, and can leave a profound mark on the feel of a culture. It really breaks my heart when someone posts a scratchpad thread to showcase a phonetic inventory and a smattering of ...
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Karch's scratchpad (2019-04-18 23:18:44)
:You can't name a language "what" without providing backstory! Is it an endonym or the hilarious product of first contact?
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Bugs, Requests, and Changes (2019-04-18 23:13:25)
:Followup: after looking at the data behind Halian's alt I'm more inclined to think those are Gravatar failures. Will look into it more when I can.
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Bugs, Requests, and Changes (2019-04-18 23:06:24)
:IIRC Halian never gave his alt an avatar after I fixed the underlying problem. Those are just, ah, casualties. I'll edit their user entries so the site no longer mistakenly believes they uploaded avatars.
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Featured Articles (Nominations, etc.) (2019-03-26 19:28:46)
:I've been reading the very excellent Kill Six Billion Demons comic recently, which has an exhaustingly nuanced hagiography based on a fundamental divine order. Consequently, when I went back to look at 2L, its purpose and design was readily apparent even in the absence of a monograph describing its purpose. So, here is my attempt at deciphering the notes Anguipes has left us.
The [b]monumental-style script of the Second Language[/b] is an elaborate logographic system built on the names ...
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Pretty Scripties Showcase Thread (2019-03-20 20:30:16)
:Fair question. The motivation behind <dt> was partly one of visual aesthetics; the prototypical word (and most frequent cause of use) is the highly productive suffix [i]-idt-[/i] (/ɪɾ/), "point," which is responsible for the /ɾ/ in vêdt-. I wanted to do something that wasn't painfully unoriginal with the standard transliteration, which has a pretty obvious bias toward English. The particular form has two bases: <dt> represents an easy English mnemonic for how to pronounce the letter,...
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Pretty Scripties Showcase Thread (2019-03-20 03:31:38)
:That's an oversight. It's <ú>, which is just /uː/. Within Lilitika's tense-lax system, /uː iː eː/ <ú í é> are paired with /ʌ ɪ ɛ/ <u i e>. Usually the accent of a word has to fall on a tense vowel, with the unpaired /oː/ <o> also counting as tense and the unpaired /a/ <a> counting as lax. Designating where stress falls in a word—especially if it happens to be on a short vowel, as is the case in certain verb forms of the Illeran dialect—got to be such a headache that...
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Pretty Scripties Showcase Thread (2019-03-18 21:40:37)
:The script used in [http://anthologi.ca/?id=262928&posts_pagenum=0#263964|this Money Thread] post:
[image:http://rhetori.ca/misc/talmota-wip.png|margin: auto; display: block]
This has a very simple ductus; the oval nib is consistent throughout the script. As is obvious, I was aiming to riff on Semitic abjads, particularly Arabic.
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Money Thread (2019-03-18 21:26:58)
:...Of course, I [i]say[/i] that, and then promptly discover those particular sources are somewhat crap. Still, the idea stands?
[image:http://rhetori.ca/misc/vigla-sarthia.png|display: block; margin: auto]
Here's an example of early Lilitic currency (with yet another new script!), a 58 mm × 23 mm × 8.3 mm metal bar (similar to a slip of gold-pressed Latinum, really.) As I've mentioned in the distant, foggy past, the Lilitai back their money directly with labour, and issue a single d...
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Money Thread (2019-03-18 20:09:09)
:Try something like [https://publicdomainvectors.org/en/tag/svg|Public Domain Vectors] or [https://openclipart.org/tags/woodcut|OpenClipart], especially the woodcuts section thereof. I'd be surprised (impressed, but still surprised) if Bloodbath's work is completely from scratch, particularly all the photographed bits.
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Pretty Scripties Showcase Thread (2019-03-18 15:19:32)
:I could see it being done with a brush more credibly, yeah. I just don't think the left edge of the stroke in ylf can be drawn straightly with a normal quill or pen without a lot of awkwardness or a custom tool. And yes, fimfa's arm is perfectly drawable with the edge of a tool, it's just a stylistic anomaly compared to the rest of the script, as you have a thin line at the same angle as the thickest parts of every other letter.
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Pretty Scripties Showcase Thread (2019-03-18 11:23:24)
:Woah, time out. The minuscule ylf can't have that shape for its second stem. You'd have to use an unevenly-cut quill to draw it[note]Such an instrument would not be usable for anything else in the entire script unless it's held backward; even to achieve the stroke drawn requires holding the pen at a very unusual angle. This would be more comfortable for a left-handed writer, but it would still put unusual pressure on the pen tip to draw the top of the stroke, as the left side of the tip would be...
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