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Re: Conlang names?

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Thursday, November 8, 2007, 21:29
>Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> wrote:
>What about names in your conlang? Have you made lists? How did you >derive the names.
In the Senjecan conculture, Senjecas is the Ursprache from which the other languages developed. I have not yet worked on "Urortsnamen" but I have done some work with contemporary place names. In some cases the contemporary name is used with Senjecan phonetics with the abstract ending –as (Andorra = andôras; Angola = angôlas). If the place name ends in –ia, the last consonant is palatalized (Australia = aú&#383;tërâl&#301;as). Note the need for the epenthetic ë as consonant clusters of more than two consonants are not permitted. I have an extensive list of geographical names. In some cases the Senjecan name is that of the first civilization in that area (Albania = Illyria = ilîr&#301;as). In some cases the Senjecan name is that of the first inhabitants of the area prefixed to the word &#312;ûn&#301;as, country (Bohemia = land of the Boii = bói&#312;ûn&#301;as; Botswana = land of the Tswana = c&#365;an&#312;ûn&#301;as). In some cases the Senjecan name is a literal translation of the contemporary name (Costa Rica = rich coast = lhénapêras; Egypt = kemet = black earth = &#312;&#511;&#383;nëjhðêmhas). Some geographical features are named according to their location in the Senjecan Urheimat (Indian Ocean = southern ocean = s&#365;ooltîîrtes; Caucasus Mountains = between sea mountains = éntermoormênjos). Personal names for all the six races of Senjecans are names taken from nature as happens in so many cultures. The concrete ending –os or the animal ending -es is changed to the loquent being ending –us (Running Wolf = cêr&#383;- + mhêl&#312;&#365;es = cér&#383;ëmhêl&#312;&#365;us). Contemporary personal names are created from the oldest known form of the name plus the –us ending. My own name, Charles, thus is rendered &#312;arlâzus. Diminutives would suffix the diminutive ending, either –l- or -&#312;-, (Charlie = &#312;arlâzlus). If there is no known old form, a phonetic rendering is used (Britney = bërîtënus; Scott = scôtus; Dwight = d&#365;aîtus). Charlie