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CHAT: R: CHAT: (con)lang names

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Monday, November 27, 2000, 13:54
Zapotec languages are surely the most Olympic langs : )

Then Zapotec was also the name of a guy appearing on the local version of
Mickey Mouse's comics (he was a scientist who invented the time machine).


> On Sat, 25 Nov 2000, And Rosta wrote: > > > BTW, I have long thought that Tohono O'odham is just about the coolest > > language name there is. It just doesn't sound like a language at all. > > It sounds like the name of someone with a Japanese mother and an > > Irish father. Who would think of naming a language Seamus Takahashi? > > There's also Akimel O'odham, which is the language that Marcus is > looking at right now in his field methods class. > > > Other possible candidates for coolest lang name would be !Kung (etc.) > > and "the Bzyb dialect of Abkhaz". I quite like Hixkaryana, too. And > > Guugu Yimidhirr. And Wolof. And Twi. (Note that I'm talking cool names, > > not just likeable ones like Malayalam.) > > > > Anyone have any other nominations? (I'll go through my Ruhlen > > classification book when I get back to my other flat, to see if there > > are any more ace names that haven't occurred to me.) > > Well, my personal favorite is Tubatulabal (the first <u> is a high, > central, unrounded vowel), a Uto-Aztecan language once spoken in the > Kern River Valley of Eastern California, but I don't get around much. > The name just rolls off the tongue (after about half an hour's > practice). > > > As for Conlang names, my votes provisionally go to Tsxaah ([ts^xaa] > > with harsh voice, iirc; ^ is the coarticulation arc) and Namyuan > > (because it's pronounced [D@bj@]). > > Well, I'd have to stick with Tepa [ti-Ba]. If I didn't like it, I > wouldn't use it :-). > > Dirk > > -- > Dirk Elzinga > >