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Technical Terms for Nontechnical Cultures

From:Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>
Date:Thursday, March 27, 2003, 0:39
After my finals-week-induced absense, I certainly am being chatty!  :)

For those of us with nontechnical cultures -- no computers, no electricity,
no motorized stuff, etc -- we probably haven't focused very much on
technical terms in the language.  I was thinking about translating stuff
that required such terminology, for the translation pratice, and wondered
if anyone else had tackled this issue.

I could just plow ahead, make up terms, and slap them into sentences.  Or I
could give nontech round-about terms that would be the Cresaeans'
understanding of the tech thing in question.  Or I could imagine the far
future of Cresaea, when they _do_ develop technology (although it probably
won't be tech-as-we-know-it) and then adapt _those_ native terms to the
Terran-equivalent ideas.

Suggests?  Past experiences?



H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>