Re: CHAT: R: CHAT: (con)lang names
|From:||Marcus Smith <smithma@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 28, 2000, 2:06|
>Zapotec languages are surely the most Olympic langs : )
I've always like the language name: Tlacalula Zapotec.
>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
> > firstname.lastname@example.org
"When you lose a language, it's like
dropping a bomb on a museum."
-- Kenneth Hale