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Robbie A ๐Ÿ• @Alamantus@spooky.pizza

I decided to pick up my /#conlang, Zirka (zirka-language.tumblr.com), again and finish designing the diphthong characters.

I started making it long before I knew about conlanging and the IPA, and while I improved it a bit after learning about conlanging, I only barely began making an attempt to use IPA relatively recently:
zirka-language.tumblr.com/post

Anyway, maybe I'll be able to make more progress now! :)

Someone who doesn't understand what a genre is: "Well, what is video but a genre of imagery??"

Here's a super specific question:

Does anyone have any familiarity with WCOnline, the writing center software service, and if so, do you know of any open source alternatives? Or any viable alternatives at all?

It's good software, but itโ€™s closed source and the service isn't great for online universities.

If there aren't any open source alternatives, would anyone be interested in building one with me?

Here's a super specific question:

Does anyone have any familiarity with WCOnline, the writing center software service, and if so, do you know of any open source alternatives? Or any viable alternatives at all?

It's good software, but itโ€™s closed source and the service isn't great for online universities.

If there aren't any open source alternatives, would anyone be interested in building one with me?

@Alamantus
I think about this ALL THE TIME
Also why do we pronounce "threshold" like thresh-hold??

Whoever made the romanization for Korean words was drunk

Im playing around with a that uses tones, but Iโ€™m struggling to find a reason to keep peaking (/หงหฆหง/) and dipping (/หฆหงหฆ/) tones beyond simply having more syllable options. Would it be โ€œbadโ€ to only have rising, high, falling, and low tones?

Alternately, would it be bad to use peaking and dipping tones _only_ for expressing intent/meaning (ie sarcasm, surprise, etc) instead of for distinguishing words/syllables? I know Mandarin doesnโ€™t use it like that, but would it be ok??

What if "foothills" was pronounced [fu.รฐษชls]

the Japanese syllabary's (i.e., alphabet's) traditional ordering is a pangram and isogram, and a Buddhist poem:

ใ„ใ‚ใฏใซใปใธใจใ€€ใกใ‚Šใฌใ‚‹ใ‚’
ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚ˆใŸใ‚Œใใ€€ใ€€ใคใญใชใ‚‰ใ‚€
ใ†ใ‚ใฎใŠใใ‚„ใพใ€€ใ‘ใตใ“ใˆใฆ
ใ‚ใ•ใใ‚†ใ‚ใฟใ—ใ€€ใ‚‘ใฒใ‚‚ใ›ใ™

even the blossoming flowers
will eventually scatter
who in our world
is unchanging?
the deep mountains of karma
we cross them today
and we shall not have shallow dreams
nor be deluded

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iroha

Fun fact: "Mario" and "Maria" are almost completely unrelated names.

"Mario" is from Latin "Marius", probably related to Mars, the god of war; "Maria" is from Hebrew ืžึดืจึฐื™ึธื via Greek ฮœฮฌฯฮนฮฑฮผ.

In the last century or two, people have back-formed "Marius" as a masculine "Maria" or "Maria" as a feminine "Mario", but these are outliers.

Related: "Luigi", "Louis", and "Ludwig" are all the same name.

Is there a word that encompasses exploration, discovery, and also, like, trade/commerse? But like, not colonialism?

If there's a word that fits that feeling, it might be perfect for my board game's name. Like "Galactic/Space [word]" or something... I'm just having a lot of trouble thinking of good names for the game. ๐Ÿ˜…

Here's my boardgame in a nutshell:

On a 5x5 grid, you manage fuel and money to fly around & discover 4 planets to buy resources from and sell back to your space station in the center of the grid. You can also collect scrap, gamble, or set up a shop to make more money!

Each planet also has an beacon to collect, and when you collect all 4, you can get a clue where a valuable alien treasure is. The game ends when someone discovers the treasure or after 30 turns pass.

The person with the most money wins!

Any ideas/advice for good monetizing strategies that aren't terrible/exploitative for this free web #conlanging tool (lexicon.ga/)?

All I can think of is removing ads, but those are very uninvasive so there has to be some other incentive... maybe the ability to display more details in a public dictionary? Custom colors/styling? What else? Would the ability to link to individual words be bad to put behind a paywall?

Finally, what would something like that be worth for someone making #conlangs?

Splankles rarely jonkle dorbles because beldicks crond plorms. Paldan with crendle for spindors, and you'll never splork bombles!

English and the English Language culture is such a weird thing. Do other language cultures have such unyieldingly strict insistence that people be "grammatically correct" even when the offending sentence in question is still technically understandable? How about have this strict insistence on grammatical correctness while their understanding of the rules is actually wrong?

A /conculture that is so mathematically advanced that individual numerical units are no longer sufficient and all number is counted in infinities to the point that "infinity" has long since become the equivalent of a single unit.

i.e.
1 infinity = 1 thing

1 block = 1 infinity of blockhood

1 person = 1 infinity of personhood

etc.