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Re: Conlang Idea Donation For Classicists

From:Jim Grossmann <steven@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 12, 2000, 0:48
Hi, all,

Goesk doesn't do what you describe, but does do something tangentally

All Goesk speakers have three names;   the given name, and two more names
derived from the parents' given names.   The patronymic suffix is "-gai" and
the matronymic suffix is "-feu."    So, Steven, child of Helen and Paul,
would be "stievu helenefeu-polgai," or "stievu polgai-helenefeu," the order
of the parent-names being a matter of personal choice which might or might
not vary across contexts.

A child whose parent dies can optionally use the name of a god to ensure
that all Goesk speakers still have three names.   When the name of a parent
is simply not known, the name of a god invariably fills in gap.   So, if our
"stievu" were an orphan, and especially if the parents "stievoes" (of
steven) were unknown, he could be called "stievu valdetru-seetru"
(Steven-mountain-god sea-god), or "stievu seetru-valdetru" as the case may


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed Heil" <edheil@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2000 6:53 AM
Subject: Conlang Idea Donation For Classicists

> This is another cool conlang idea that I don't see myself actually
> > Plato, in the Cratylus, remarks on Homer's habit of reporting two names
> things -- the human and the divine name: > > " may learn of the poets, and in particular > of Homer, who distinguishes the names given by Gods and men to the same > things, as in the verse about the river God who fought with Hephaestus, > 'whom the Gods call Xanthus, and men call Scamander;' or in the lines in > which he mentions the bird which the Gods call 'Chalcis,' and men > 'Cymindis;' or the hill which men call 'Batieia,' and the Gods 'Myrinna's > Tomb.' Here is an important lesson; for the Gods must of course be right > in their use of names." > > I wonder if anybody has ever made a list of all the "divine names" given
> things? > > I was thinking a moment ago that this would be a cool basis for a conlang,
> now that I look at it I realize that the Gods seem to speak Greek. Darn. > > ah well. :) > > Ed