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Re: CHAT: weird names,was Re: conlanging,the ultimate feminist subversion

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Saturday, August 7, 1999, 0:19
John Cowan wrote:

> Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote: > > > Protethic i where other Romance has e (before sp, st). Same reason, > > independent development. > > ObConlang: Brithenig has prosthetic "y", pronounced /i/. Turkish, > which isn't Romance but has the same rules, uses "i" also, as in > Istanbul < Stambul < (Con)stantinopol(itum). (The theory that > "Istanbul" is from "eis tan polein" (to the city) has no basis.)
Wouldn't the Turkish name <Istanbul> more likely come from Greek <Konstantinopolis> rather than Latin? Afterall, Latin made practicly no inroads in the more developed eastern end of the Empire. =========================================== Tom Wier <artabanos@...> AIM: Deuterotom ICQ: 4315704 <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ===========================================