Re: self designations
|From:||Herman Miller <hmiller@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 23, 2001, 3:39|
On Fri, 18 May 2001 15:53:42 -0600, dirk elzinga
>What names do the speakers of your languages use to refer to
>themselves? Are the names morphologically transparent? How did
>these names come about?
Well, depending on context, they might refer to themselves by species, home
planet, country, city, or ethnic group, and most of these names I haven't
figured out yet. In a few cases, a group identifies themselves as speakers
of a particular language -- like the Gjarrdareol (Gjarrda speakers) or the
Zorayngan (Zoray speakers). (I was using the -ngan suffix before I'd ever
learned anything of Klingon -- I got the idea from Jirrbal.) In other
cases, I use the name of the people to designate the language. (The Rynnan
and Cythin Elvish languages are examples of this.)
A few examples:
The Zaik (Mizarian rat-people) speak Chispa.
The most common language spoken by the Zirien (small alien furry people) is
known as Zirienka (a somewhat simplified and regularized form of the
language), but the language in its natural form is called Simik.
Zharranh is spoken by the Kiriethin, a small population of Zirien-Sangari
One of my more fully developed Thrinn languages, Zariva, is the language of
a Thrinn population called the Zari (so-called from the color of their
The speakers of Kirezagi, who are silk-fairies, call themselves Tanja.
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