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1  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Hopefully I can be of assistance on: 11 August 2010, 23:04:24
Thanks for the welcome, all of you. This does indeed seem like a very friendly place, and I'm sure I'll enjoy my time here, if you can put it like that when referring to an Internet forum. 

though I don't think I'm exactly qualified to call myself a linguist.

If we go by actual qualifications, you can't call me a linguist either, just a student of linguistics. I've yet to receive an actual degree in the subject, but I'm working on it...

Does this term solely cover the study and theory of a language?

Yes, that's correct. If you like learning and speaking languages, but could not care less about the study of grammar, semantics, etc., the term "linguist" might be inappropriate, or at least in academic contexts. I don't really know a more fitting term, though; maybe something like glossophile or linguophile (although I must admit they sound a bit pretentious).

sounds good as well that you try your hand on making gnomish your focus.

I'll be delighted to make Gnomish my focus. I've looked over the material already available on it, and I have some ideas how to make it into a (hopefully) expressive but not too complicated language. After all, constructing languages is my main hobby.
2  Santharian World Development / Languages and Runes / Re: Gnomish Vocabulary and Grammar Discussion on: 08 August 2010, 19:36:57
Bumped for our newest linguist's sake!

Thanks. Um, I suppose my function as "linguist" here is to help structure the Gnomish language, right? Also, is it okay if I make this thread my "base of operations," so to speak?

Well, then...

I've read the threads available on Gnomish, and I've understood that there are two versions of the language in existence (one is strictly SOV and uses particles to indicate grammatical role, and one has either SVO or relatively free word order and centers the verb system around a group of auxiliaries, namely zer, zor, and ziir).

Many proposals, if I may be blunt, mirror English in an unnecessary way. For example, the tense system proposed by Rayne is very close to that of English, although the manner of marking the forms might be different (you can see it here: http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,5002.0.html). Similarly, Mannix, in two posts below this one, suggests a rather complex and English-like system of prefixes on nouns and verbs. This is all fine, but if we are trying to create a language that is easy to use, I suggest we take a different approach.

I will post my suggestions for a grammatical framework as soon as I am done with it.
3  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Hopefully I can be of assistance on: 08 August 2010, 08:13:12
Hope to see you and your wonderful face around!

Thanks, I think I'll enjoy my "stay" here as well. I must express some doubt, however, as to the wonderfulness of my face. It is very plain.

Another Swede! Hej på dig.

Hej pa dig ocksa. Are there many Scandinavians here?

(As you might notice, I have an English keyboard.)
Hej! (I hope that's the same in Sweden; I'm half Danish)

Yeah, 'tis the same. Oh, and hej to you as well.

And you can work anywhere you want; write entries, contribute to discussion, this is your Dream as much as anyone else's.

I'll look around and see what seems interesting. Languages do indeed "float my boat," and I will probably do a lot of linguistics-related work, but I am, as I mentioned in my introductory post, also into culture and religion, so I'll check that out as well.
*Bows floridly to the Byzantine noble and departs, gracefully stealing several confectionary delights*

As I don't know anything about proper Byzantine etiquette, I guess I'll simply have to bow as well.
4  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: Hopefully I can be of assistance on: 08 August 2010, 03:10:58
You are most welcome, dear Porphyro (and I like your name, if I may dare to say so...) to our humble universe of dreams...

Thank you very much.

I used to call myself Porphyrogennetos before but I feel it's too long, and furthermore, what is it if not hubris to claim to be Byzantine royalty? (Here I would insert an emoticon if I could bring myself to use them -- but alas I can't, as I am afraid I'd choose the wrong one).
Someone needs to take that tongue in hand (er, excuse the mixed metaphorical picture there) and sort it out...

I am happy to work with any language, or, alternatively, to make one up from scratch. Is there anything in particular that needs to be done?
you are by no means the only one to enjoy the flavour of words!

Indeed. Countless are the delights of words. English (and Swedish and Japanese and surely every other tongue in existence) contain too many wonderful vocabulary items that go unused just because they are archaic/poetic/outdated/pedantic/whatever.
Dochnut and Kao-Kao cookies while you are waiting - our traditional welcome for our newest Compendium guests!

Once again, thank you for the welcome, and also for the Dochnuts and Kao-Kao cookies, whatever that may be.
5  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Hopefully I can be of assistance on: 08 August 2010, 02:12:56
Salutations, everyone.

What urged me to come here was a desire to RP, but reading your site, I decided that joining the developers' forum would potentially be more fun. Not implying that the RPs are boring in any way, of course; it's just that I love constructing cultures and languages, with a slight emphasis on the latter.

I am from Sweden, and I study linguistics, focusing particularly on Japanese (Modern, Classical, and Old) and, to a lesser extent, other East Asian languages, such as the many varieties of Chinese. Other interests include history -- I "specialize" (meaning I've read a few books about it) in Asia and the Americas before Columbus -- as well as some natural sciences, philosophy, history of religion, and cultural history. Sometimes, I like to think I am good at writing, but as you can see by looking at this message, my style is rambling and verbose, quite awful if I may rate myself.

Well, I don't know what else to say, really. Languages are sort of my strong point, and though I strongly doubt you can say I actually have a talent for it, I have studied linguistics for many years and am reasonably well informed about the topic. Hence, if it is possible, I would like to work in the Languages section, but it is by no means necessary; I am glad to help out in any way I can.
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