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From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Saturday, March 27, 1999, 1:50
Irina Rempt <ira@...> wrote:
> On Thu, 25 Mar 1999, FFlores wrote: > > > dantur "king" > > danteumus "prince" > > danteuvas "princess" > > Is there also "danteus" meaning "child of a king"?
Yes, there is, though it's rarer (you usually talk about "the prince" or "the princess".
> > Is there any difference in the *treatment* of princes and princesses, > i.e. does the kingship pass to the eldest son by default, and only to > the eldest daughter if there are no sons, or are all royal offspring > created equal? I'd expect the former, as you wrote that it's a > patriarchal society. >
It depends. In general, the firstborn (male or female) gets the kingship by default, but in many cases the father tends to favor a son and states so in his will. (The laws of succesion are vague enough to allow him.) The society is not exactly patriarchal: I should have said that it has a "patriarchal substrate" -- men are preferred in high positions, but women can and do occupy them. In Thaqulm (the land of the Dra'selhadh) there has never been a female Qlonenqgron (Great Lord... well, _Qlone'nqgravon_ I should say, "Great Lady"), but there have been a lot of Dhidhenqgrigth ("Little Rulers", hereditary province governors). (Note the female infix -av-. _Qlonenqgron_ is genderless but it's assumed to be "Great Lord" unless you infix it for female gender. This is not like Esperanto -in-, because there's a male counterpart, -um-. Similar forms of this are found in _danteuvas_ "daughter" and _danteumus_ "son".) --Pablo Flores * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Zymurgy's Law of Volunteer Labour: People are always available for work in the past tense.