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Welcome to the newest post on Universe Factory, the blog of the Worldbuilding community:

“A Disease of Mythology”: The Importance of Language in Worldbuilding by heather

Worlds need languages, but if you're going to create a language, you can't just throw grammar and vocabulary together and call it done. Languages have more nuance than that -- mythology and kennings and idioms and more. Join heather as she illustrates these principles using English, a language we think we know.

The Romans came and went, and while some Latin was assimilated into the language, the big change for English came in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings, where Harold Godwinson was routed by William the Conqueror (primarily Harold’s fault, as he marched his army to meet William and then battled uphill — if you ever plan to defend your own sovereign nation, don’t tire out your army before battle, and always keep the high ground). William came from Normandy, which meant that he spoke French.

Tags: Language, Philology, Linguistics, Conlanging, Worldbuilding


Previous post: If Neptune Orbited Jupiter by HDE 226868

Habitable moons around gas giants have been a staple of science fiction, and they’ve come up a number of times on Worldbuilding. Yet they’ve remained largely hypothetical in our universe — until recently. In October, a pair of astronomers presented additional evidence for a Neptune-sized moon orbiting Kepler-1625b about ten times the mass of Jupiter. If confirmed, this object would be the first known exomoon — a moon orbiting an exoplanet. While they caution that these are only the first inklings of evidence for this candidate, it’s certainly an exciting object to speculate about. One question has been in many people’s minds: Does this mean exomoons could be habitable?

Tags: Astronomy, Worldbuilding, Habitability, Moons, Exoplanets


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    $\begingroup$ How can we upvote that dude's work. Its excellent. $\endgroup$ – kingledion Dec 23 '16 at 1:29
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    $\begingroup$ @kingledion authors thrive on comments, and I encourage you to leave him some on his posts. If you don't have a Medium account already, you can log in with Google, Facebook, or Twitter (like you do here on SE). I'm sure he'd welcome feedback! And yes, I agree that Jasper's work is excellent. (Tease: there's more coming.) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Dec 23 '16 at 1:57
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    $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio Do upvotes carry between blog post updates (have 24 accumulated over time or are they all from this one?) I'd ask elsewhere but we have no meta-meta-worldbuilding. $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Dec 23 '16 at 22:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Zxyrra they accumulate over time. Instead of creating a bunch of individual meta posts, which would get out of hand, we're editing this post with each new blog post. Votes probably shouldn't be interpreted as votes on the specific blog posts. (If you want to know how those votes have changed over time, you could use the data explorer. But that won't tell you if that's why people are voting on this meta post.) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Dec 25 '16 at 1:17
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    $\begingroup$ @Zxyrra You reminded me of this meta xkcd $\endgroup$ – Xandar The Zenon Dec 29 '16 at 23:15
  • $\begingroup$ awesome work, great to read :) $\endgroup$ – Sandy Feb 8 '17 at 22:16
  • $\begingroup$ Hopefull I might resume and finish the later part of story that I started medium.com/universe-factory/…. I think it's archived, am I too late? $\endgroup$ – Karan Desai Jul 4 '18 at 11:16
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    $\begingroup$ @KaranDesai great! It's still there, ready for you to pick it up and continue when you're ready. I'm looking forward to it. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Jul 4 '18 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I'll submit draft asap on Medium $\endgroup$ – Karan Desai Jul 5 '18 at 3:30
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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks James for helping me defeat the "self-answers can't be pinned by the checkmark" problem. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Feb 21 '18 at 16:13
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    $\begingroup$ Dang, have we really written that much? I'm impressed. And thanks for putting this together. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Oct 19 '16 at 2:07
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    $\begingroup$ We've written a bit, yes. (The volume is why I didn't add author names to this list -- I was already doing enough typing/cutting/pasting. If anybody else wants to, feel free.) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Oct 19 '16 at 2:09
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    $\begingroup$ @rand al'thor Add a second post. $\endgroup$ – Bellerophon Oct 24 '16 at 9:41
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor yes, as Bellerophon said, when we hit the 30,000-character limit on this post we'll just have to add another answer and divide up the entries. :-) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Oct 24 '16 at 23:32
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    $\begingroup$ Going forward, we could consider dividing this list by month, especially if we plan to increase our output. $\endgroup$ – Jerenda Jan 18 '17 at 22:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Secespitus thanks for adding all those author credits! $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio May 3 '17 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio No problem. I hope I got them all right with the second edit. I couldn't find/remember a username corresponding with Evan Hoffman Conlangs for Non-Linguists though. $\endgroup$ – Secespitus May 3 '17 at 13:48

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