Etymology Game

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by FlatAssembler, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. FlatAssembler Registered Member

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    I've decided to try to make a web game about etymology:
    http://flatassembler.000webhostapp.com/etymologist.html
    What do you think about it? Is it worth to continue developing it?
    Does my algorithm for simulating the evolution of languages produce convincing results? If not, why?
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I'm sorry. I don't understand the rules.

    I looks like I'm to choose the word that looks most like the specified word.

    So: choose the correct word for cat
    a] dog
    b] cot
    Answer: b, because cot is more like cat than dog is.

    Part 2 is in a completely different format that is unrelated to part 1, as well as an order of magnitude more complex, but it does not explain the logic that arrives at the correct answers.

    I can't even understand the part 2 examples enough to make up an example of one.
     
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  5. FlatAssembler Registered Member

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    OK, I'll make some example for the Part #2. For instance, let's say we have words "two", "ten", "zwei" and "zehn". The words "two" and "ten" belong to English and the words "zwei" and "zehn" belong to German because English 't' in the beginning of a word corresponds to German 'z'. You think my example is clear enough?
     
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  7. Baldeee Valued Senior Member

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    Aren't games supposed to be:
    1) understandable
    2) fun

    At least try and crack one of those for a start.

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  8. FlatAssembler Registered Member

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    Searching for etymologies is fun, so I think that that game will also be fun for the same reason.
    I'll try to make it understandable by adding those examples in the beginning of each part of the game.
    It's also not a good idea to make a game someone can score all points without thinking at all.
     
  9. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    I have posted remarks similar to the following to a few other Threads.

    Etymology of the word politics: From Greek poly meaning many & Anglo Saxon tics meaning blood sucking parasites.​
     
  10. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    Ignoranus: Dumb asshole
     
  11. FlatAssembler Registered Member

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    Anyway, the game has been updated quite a few times since I last posted here. The whole game is now playable in the graphic interface and I have tried to make the examples more clear.
     

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