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CHAT: nationalities ( was: Re: CHAT: silly names, prepositions)

From:David Stokes <dstokes@...>
Date:Friday, March 23, 2001, 18:44
David Stokes (that's me) wrote:
> > What bugs me is when people use "America" to refer to the "United > States". But it looks like I'm fighting a losing > battle on this one, since its in common use and there's not much I can > do about it. :) >
I'm sorry I poked that hornet's nest. I never expected to create the reaction this thread took on. Note the "its in common use and there's not much I can do about it." part of my post. In an attempt to turn this back to conlangs I ask: Does anyone have interesting ways of naming nationalities in your conlangs ? I'll go first. Diom is a very verby language. Consequently, they have an affix -vae- which turns a place name into a verb with the meaning 'to be an inhabitant of'. For instance: Gestomaya (a city and attached kingdom) -- Gestomayvaelis "I am a Gestomayan." Ridjek (a city to the south) -- Ridjevaezhis "He is a citizen of Ridjek." Atenkemen (a kingdom to the north) -- Atenkenvaenis "They are Atenkemen." Sometimes the end of the place name might be altered slightly to facilitate pronunciation. Now they could have the same argument over what to call people from the USA, but they don't because they are from a different world. They probably have arguments over whether to say people in the Touten Empire "Toutenvaenis" or should be described with local terms. But as long as everyone is making money they wouldn't much care (Diom is a trade language after all). David Lucas Robert Stokes Ampiros sernost sharusae, vi at Enfors Vilandenae, vi je tais zhangoln. The Empire's greatest strength is not the Iron Army, but its language.


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