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Re: describing names

From:Pablo David Flores <pablo-flores@...>
Date:Sunday, August 4, 2002, 21:49
Nihil Sum <nihilsum@...> writes:

> That was going to be my example before you beat me to it! Dammit. But many > languages prefer some form of "she is called..." instead of "her name is..." > Se llama Maria.
In truth, in Spanish you can say "Su nombre es María", only it sounds a bit more formal. In other than colloquial use, you use it all the time. When asking, "¿Cómo se llama?" may even sound rude, so you need "¿Cuál es su nombre?". ObConlang: Senu Yivokuchi takes an easy path, leaving proper names uninflected and as much untouched as possible, in this case free from the clitization of the copula _de_. |El yin mibade| "Her name is beatiful" |El yinde Meri| "Her name is Mary" or often |Meri el yinde|. --Pablo Flores