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@...>
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