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Re: OT: Corpses, etc. (was: Re: Gender in conlangs (was: Re: Umlauts (was Re: Elves and Ill Bethisad)))

From:Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Date:Sunday, November 16, 2003, 4:23
--- Isidora Zamora <isidora@...> wrote:
> At 05:00 AM 11/10/03 -0800, you wrote: > >--- Isidora Zamora <isidora@...> wrote: > > > >:) Note the capital M! I was going to ask > how > > > the > > > >Cw and Tr differ, but you answered that. > > The one thing that slipped my mind to mention > about physical appearance is > that the Cwendaso are very nearly beardless.
Daine are entirely. I guess they make up for it elsewhere! ;)
> >Ah. Is it uncommon, then, for people to learn > >other people's languages? > > Very uncommon, except in the case of Nidirino > learning Trehelish.
Very different state of affairs for most Daine. Apart from the fact that nearly all Daine in Eastern lands descend from emmigrants from the once great empires in the West; that they are very long lived and that they are a very mobile people have favoured a situation where their common languages are quite similar and comprehensible. Perhaps along the lines of Italian and Spanish. Except for the Sharrundaine of Westmarche, and the Daine of the Whythywindles of course, who speak Ozmandish. [I have found that Queranarran is largely what Daine in eastern lands apart from those in Westmarche call their language.] I have often had the Queranarran as part of my Petricon sig; but can't find the interlinear or what the individual words mean now. Otherwise, I'd have broken the thing down. Hm. Yet another post with no Conlang content!
> Upon meeting Jevet/Khedyosu's family, one of > his (Trehelish) friends asked > him what it was like to have children who > didn't look like him. (Yes, I > know that the question was tactless, but the > Trehelish and Cwendaso each > have their own ways of being tactless, with > Trehels generally being the > more tactless of the two by far.)
This sort of question wouldn't bother a Daine at all. They're naturally curious when presented with children who don't look like one of the parents. Of course, the usual answer is "Spring Dance Child"; which means that the woman in question took part in one of the quarter feasts with some man and resulted in a pregnancy.
> > How do they categorise books?
> (I'm not certain that I have exactly answered > the question that you asked > about how *they* categorize books, but at least > I've told you what sort of books there might > be.)
You answered it very well!
> > Your mention of body hair reminds me of a > > > question...I remember from the > > > portion of your webpage that I had time to > read > > > that Daine men often do not > > > wear clothing above the waist (and I can > > > understand why not with the > > > wings.) Does the same go for Daine women? > > > >Yes. > > I suspected as much. > > > > And how do Men take that? > > > >They take it very happily, thank you! ;) > > I suspected that, as well.
As long as it wasn't a surprise! I suspect their attitudes roughly parallel those of human communities where people don't wear much clothing. When you see something all the time, it doesn't have the same tantalising effect on you - you are used to it from frequent exposure.
> That particular braid that I described has > never been worn by a living > person - with two exceptions, both of them > special cases.
Daine braid their hair, and sometimes in complicated ways; but the braids don't convey especial meaning in their patterns this way. That's pretty neat! Padraic. ===== la cieurgeourea provoer mal trasfu ast meiyoer ke 'l andrext ben trasfu. -- Ill Bethisad -- <> Come visit The World! -- <> .


Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>