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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:21 pm 
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You can track the sales meter here: http://www.zompist.com/apaf.html

We're at 79%; at the current sales rate we could still be a year away. Buy copies for all your pals!


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It is cool that you have sold a lot of books to people. I got it from Amazon and know enough in the LCK, so I got Advanced Language Construction. I like the look of the capital eng, it is the kind I use in my conlangs. I will probably get the LCK anyways. Is that Dyirbal in Americanist???

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For some reason the Lexipedia gives nipples in french as "bout de sein"

What the fuck is this


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I have all your books except the PCK. I am going to guess it is written in the same fonts.

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The PCK uses Century Schoolbook— which I like as a font, but it doesn't have good Unicode support. Fortunately there's not that much Unicode in the PCK.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:10 am 
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It's pretty easy to edit fonts-- I did it to Cambria on my computer so that italic <ʔ> looks more like a dotless <?> which is how it usually looks like in irl grammars. Would there be copyright problems if you tried doing that in a book?

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Talking about the PCK, although I really loved it, it's should be renamed to something better covering the content. It's not as much about constructing a planet, as it is constructing cultures and civilizations.


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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 11:09 am 
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In the Conlanger's Lexipedia, on page 171 in the discussion section of the chapter 'Dimensions', there's a paragraph about tall/short vs. high/low:

"It's a bit mysterious why English has two terms for large vertical extent. A man can only be tall; a number can only be high; mountains and buildings can be either. High can be also be [sic] used for a level (high prices, high vowels, a high platform)."

To me, the difference seems obvious: tall and short always refer to linear extent, while high and low always refer to distance. Objects have vertical linear extent, but things which move up or down have a vertical distance from the ground (or some other normal, in the case of metaphorical extensions). Mountains can be conceived of as objects sitting on the ground (e.g. volcanic cones), or as places where the ground is higher than normal (e.g. plains gradually rising into hills gradually rising into mountains). Similarly, buildings can be viewed as objects or as extensions of the landscape. It's a matter of perspective.

In some future edition of the Lexipedia, I would suggest moving high and low from the collection of linear extent words to the collection of distance words on the next page, and rewriting the above paragraph to discuss this a bit. The first paragraph on page 173 might also need to be tweaked as part of this.


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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2016 5:33 pm 
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It's true that we use "high" when the position of an object varies: high prices, flying high, a high pitch, high vowels, a high platform. That's what I meant by saying that we use it to refer to a level.

But we absolutely also use "high" for large vertical extent: high heels, high-rise buildings, a high stool, a highboy, a high chair, high mountains, a high fence, high waves, books piled high.


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The problem with a LCK + ALC hardcover is that it's gonna be pricey. The LCK hardcover is great— when I need to refer to the book, it's the one I grab— but it's $34.95. For the combined book it'd be something like $47. I'm afraid that might dampen people's enthusiasm. :?


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I'm always baffled that a little bit of extra cardboard sends prices soaring...


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I've seen people pay more than that for things that are less important and less useful for them than the LCK is in the conlang community.

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While using the Lexipedia I frequently find myself flipping back to the Greek and Russian alphabets near the front of the book. In some future edition, it would be convenient to have a copy of these tables on the back page, much like the IPA chart is to be found at the back of the LCK and ALC. If there's room, perhaps some condensed form of the material on pages 81-84 could be included too. It takes some flipping around to find that after getting out the reference book and finding that one doesn't remember what the symbols and abbreviations mean.


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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 11:57 pm 
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I would like to make a few humble suggestions concerning the non-fiction books:

- A table of contents for the Kindle edition would be great! I find often myself wanting to check something or other in the PCK and CCK, like, say, something I remembered the Old Chinese grammar and it would be great to be able to use the ToC instead of the search function (a little clunky on Kindle).
- It would be great to have the word lists from the Lexipedia put up on the web resources pages, to be able to copy/paste them.


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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 12:04 am 
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I don't have a Kindle, so can you answer these questions?

-- Do the tables of contents for any of the books work? (I think I did it right in the China book, but maybe you didn't get that.)
-- Does your Kindle version update if the publisher creates a new version?


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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 12:49 am 
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No, none of the ToC work, that includes the China book.
As for updates, I really don't know, sorry...

(You can use the Amazon Cloud Reader now, by the way, to test this I think. The behaviour seems pretty consistent on the cloud reader and the other devices.)


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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 9:19 am 
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I've checked the Planet Construction Kit and the Book of Cuzei on both my (admittedly fairly old) Kindle and my cellphone's Kindle app, and the tables of content didn't work in any case.

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