[despammed] Numerology & "Letterology"
|From:||Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>|
|Date:||Monday, February 3, 2003, 4:59|
Arthaey Angosii wrote:
> I don't believe in numerology, astrology, or related -ologies, but I
> thought it might be fun to add something similiar to the conculture
> surrounding my conlang. :) A minority group (which I think might be
> geographically centered, rather than scattered geographically but
> concentrated, say, socio-economically) believes that the "personalities" of
> the letters that make up your name (and other words) have meaning and
> affect things.
> There is (or, more accurately, there will be) a children's story involving
> all the letters of the alphabet. Each letter has a name it's called by in
> the story, separate from the sound-name -- eg, the first letter <g> is
> simply |gih| /gI/, but it also has the nickname |Gilek|, which means
> "lonely." This could be used to make clear which letter you mean --
> A: "Che'emaeliv ne gih." (Write G.)
> /tSe"meilIv nE gI/
> B: "Ne ghih?" (Gh?)
> /nE xI/
> A: "Kre. Ne gih, ne Gilek." (No. G, the Lonely One.)
> /krE nE gI nE gI"lEk/
> Like radio-names for Roman letters -- C is Charlie, F is Foxtrot, etc.
> Anyhow, these nicknames would be standard, known and excepted by everyone,
> because they're part of a widely used children's story for learning the
> alphabet. But a small group took this letter-nickname-personality thing to
> the next level and decided that entire words had personalities based on the
> individual letters that made up the word.
> I'm imagining that they would have very complex, etabnannimous rules wrt
> divining the total meaning of a word. I would give examples, but I would
> first have to know the individual letters' personalities, and so far I only
> vaguely know about G and K. I'll keep you guys posted, of course. ;)
> So, comments? Similar conlang-related conculture weirdness in other
> people's works?
Sounds sort of like how the Hebrew script is treated in the Kabbalah,
although that has more to do with matching letters and numbers.