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Re: Naming conventions

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Thursday, April 12, 2007, 22:20
On 4/12/07, Dave Rutan <rutan3@...> wrote:

> Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on how to name things > such as an alien race which is already named in other languages. If it > comes down to naming them as 'Members of System GIV3.3,' how is that > handled?
I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Do you mean their name for themselves, or other people's name for them? If their name for themselves, then it seems unlikely they would call themselves 'Members of System GIV3.3'. More likely "people" as veritosproject suggests, or "talking creatures," or "thinking beings," or something; or (more likely still) a name that used to mean one of those things in the proto-language but through sound and meaning change now just means "this species we belong to". Other people's name for them? You could make up a name in another conlang, human or alien, or in a natlang (perhaps a future-evolved version of English or Mandarin or what have you) describing them by an epithet for an interesting obvious characteristic they have, or naming them for the humans' name for the star system or region of the galaxy they come from, or where humans first met them... -- Jim Henry


Dave Rutan <rutan3@...>