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Re: names in conlangs

From:taliesin the storyteller <taliesin-conlang@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 7, 2006, 11:40
* veritosproject@GMAIL.COM said on 2006-06-05 20:47:07 +0200
> how do you g*s do names in your langs? example: > > Ru/En: Mikhail Soloviev > Cenoji: colofijamihali
How is that pronounced (CXS)? Foreign names are adapted to the phonology of Taruven, with sometimes funny results since Taruven doesn't have /o/ for instance. Non-foreign names: There are up to four personal names: There's a given name, given at birth, that doesn't really mean anything and follows certain patterns and are at least two syllables long. The most popular pattern is CVCVC, the last C is rarely a plosive. One-syllable foreign names get adapted by suffixing -ji. Then there are nicknames (chosen by others) which might mean something and changes throughout life (and you can have several at once), and tags (chosen by the bearer) which might mean something and may change throughout life, and short names, which is one of the letters of one of the three names mentioned. Then there's the place-name, whose length depends on how pedantic you want to be. It goes city-region-continent/spacestation-planet-sun- sector-galaxy-cluster-universe-dimension-timeline etc. etc. etc. but these are only used for disambiguation and paperwork, and everyone living in the same place would share this name and basically never use it. Then there's the family name. If there is no family name, you get the personal names of your parents, one of the three mentioned previously from each. The form of the family name varies with culture, species, area etc. Then there's the people-name, which not all have. Chars use the name of their House here, we might use some form of a word meaning "human". Then there's a disambiguation-name, usually a profession, religion or other fact important to the bearer. Jehan "the-world-is-round" or Maras "the-baker" for instance. For Mikhail Soloviev I'd guess it'd be: Given name: mixaìl Place-name: <something>-Terra-Sol-<something> Family name: salāfjef Disambig.: "who-conlangs" t., who received a *fourth* adsl2-router yesterday, which still works