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realisation that I was actually talking about myself and my growing desire to learn more about areas outside my specialty for conlanging purposes

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downloading a book from libgen cause it’s faster & easier than going into the living room to find it in the shelf

> Nobody believes me when I say that my long book is an attempt to create a world in which a form of language agreeable to my personal æsthetic might seem real. But it is true. An enquirer (among many) asked what the [Lord of the Rings] was all about, and whether it was an 'allegory'. And I said it was an effort to create a situation in which a common greeting would be « Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielmo », and that the phase long antedated the book. I never heard any more.

#Tolkien #LotR #conlang

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TIL: ‘Germany’ in Hungarian = Németország, land of the Német = mutes. Apparently this was the Proto-Slavic term for "foreigners, in particular Germanic" (cp. "barbarian", "Welsh"), and the Hungarians got it from them.

Germany is unusual in how many different names it has in other languages 😌

it doesn't escape me that this is how we order written alphabetic words. perhaps internalising an alphabet has repercussions on the mental organisation of the lexicon, or at least on how we intuitively segment words (I know Japanese writing has effects on language cognition, Terry Joyce has some cool results re: this topic).

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do you ever struggle to remember a word and be like, ‘it was something with /m/-...’

for me it's never anything in the middle, and it's never initial syllable. it's onset consonant, and a vague sense of length.

indexing words by consonant is curious to me when phonemic division is so unintuitive and artificial (in all of human history, a phonemic alphabet was only invented once, and the conditions had to be just right too; in contrast to syllables which are cognitively salient).

@melissaboiko I got an email from a student about Frantz Fanon changing the way they thought about riots and protesting during the George Flloyd protests.
That means so much more to me than any publication.

many of my academia colleagues seem to dislike teaching. personally I much prefer teaching than the pressure to publish just because, the fetishization of ‘original research’. I'd be a happy girl teaching daily and publishing at will.

I think it does better for the world, too. if we put more energy into good teaching and less into article quantity we'd have more article quality.

putting on makeup to write

wearing perfume to video conferences

dressing up to work at home

@Cyborgneticz @CaribenxMarciaX I have cuneiform! papyri! maps! inscriptions! (assuming screen sharing works OK, I am new to group videoconferences)

kinds of peer review I don’t like

- why didn’t you cite this personal relation of mine? [their article is about something else]

- my guy’s article explains away the results [article is about something else]

- it’s not clear why you didn’t use the theory I like [text says ‘for problems with this theory cf. X, Y and Z’]

- you should spend less space explaining what’s the point the theory I dislike. [same review later] it’s not clear what’s the point of using the theory I dislike

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kinds of peer review I like dealing with

- there’s a typo/mistake in bibliography/nonstandard transliteration here
- is this data cell really correct?
- this paragraph is confusing
- this could be mentioned in the abstract
- about this question, for future research, have you considered this direction?
- here’s an article that may help with this issue

(also follows that automated vocabulary generators are bad)

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I think Tolkien’s phonæsthetic theory was correct, as shown later by studies on phonetic symbolism (albeit a whole less universal and more varied than he imagined). In particular I think his notes on conlanging as an expression of the individual’s inherent language (in «A Secret Vice») hold. I also think synesthesia is involved, and that everybody is a little bit synesthetic.

It follows that I think ppl with stronger forms of synesthesia would make great conlangers.

German, pol, AfD, facepalm 

today in the trans agenda:
force fem driving lanes 😈

people talk about what studies can offer to , but not enough on what it can offer to linguistics _pedagogy_.

if a dedicated fantasy fan goes through all 4 of Rosenfelder’s language construction manuals, I would bet money they’ll end up with a better grasp of general linguistics than most of the undergrads I've studied with.

granted, only a small % of ppl have the personality to be conlang nerds. but professors would do well to identify & nurture those who are into it.

definitive proof of genetic relationship between Tupi and Japanese 

Curitiba < kuri-ty-(sa)b-a pine.nuts-many-place-NOM "place with many pine nuts"

栗 Kuri 'chestnut'
千 Ti 'thousand'
場 Ba 'place'

栗千場 Kuritiba "the place of a thousand nuts"

Proto-Tupi-Japanese was obviously *kuɾitysab, the nominaliser -a became opaque in jp due to loss of closed syllables and ty>ti>tʃi happened independently in both branches (General Tupi, Middle J) as a very common change.

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obscure Tupi/Hebrew pun 

the existence of Miryams implies the existence of much bigger Açurians

monospace font recommendation 

for the record, some new "coding ligatures" fonts that have decent international support:

Iosevka
typeof.net/Iosevka/

agave
github.com/agarick/agave

Hasklig
github.com/i-tu/Hasklig
(from parent Source Code Pro)

Mensch
robey.lag.net/2010/06/21/mensc
(from parent Menlo)

Victor Mono
rubjo.github.io/victor-mono/

found via programmingfonts.org/

I like the _idea_ of Victor Mono but I think Iosevka looks better…none of them are as cute as Fira :(

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