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Re: names in conlangs

From:Cian Ross <cian@...>
Date:Monday, June 12, 2006, 0:55
On Mon, 2006-06-05 at 11:47 -0700, veritosproject@GMAIL.COM wrote:
> how do you g*s do names in your langs? example:
Veldan has personal names from a variety of sources (probably to include lost substrate languages) that are generally "opaque" (no meanings are now attached to the names and they are regarded as being monothematic). Names are given by the parents. Very rarely an adult offspring may pick a new name, though this would almost always be connected to some major family event such as being disowned or "divorcing" an abusive family and thus would likely involve either joining another family (and thus getting a new surname, too) or very rarely simply creating a new surname. Surnames act rather like adjectives that describe the person as a member of some extended family, often per an eponymous ancestor, who might have been of either gender. Surnames are the one common exception to the rule that adjectives precede what they modify. They further violate the general form of adjectives in that they are not oxytones. Some surnames are of unknown origin, such as Tarcandos, the former royal family. Patronymics and matronymics are found on occasion, where required, but more often an informal locative is used (ette Marnasu = from Marna). Families normally take some care to ensure that personal names are unique among the members in a local area, so the latter is generally of greater utility. Descriptive epithets are absent from the formal naming practices and are limited to raillery among friends (and to insults from enemies). Cian Ross


Michael Adams <abrigon@...>