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Re: Butchered Foreign Names

From:Robert Hailman <robert@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 6, 2000, 22:09
Steg Belsky wrote:
> > On Tue, 5 Sep 2000 09:23:54 -0400 Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...> writes: > > ObConLang: Do y'all deal with butchered foreigners' names in your > > conlangs? :-) By some strange coincidence, my name is entirely > > pronounceable in Chevraqis. My boyfriend's name is a nightmare (but > > then, his last name is Betzwieser, which is a nightmare in Korean, > > too). > > > > YHL
In Ajuk, you gotta add the "neutral" sounds, /e/ for a vowel and /r/ for a consonant, to make the words fit the phonolgy. The syllables all follow (C)(r,l,j)V(C), where r, l, and j can only follow dental, alveolar, and post-alveolar consonants. Also, all root words must end in consontants. Also, family names proceed "first" names, and are put in the genetive case, which is formed just by adding "i" /i/ to the root. Steg, your first name can become Seteg /se.teg/ or Esteg /es.teg/ (the more likely one to be chosen by Ajuk speakers), and your last name becomes Belsekiri / (the more likely) or Beleskiri /be.les.kir.i/, making you Belsekiri Esteg. Robert becomes Roberet /, and Hailman becomes either Ajlemani / (the more likely choice) or Ajelmani, /, making my Ajlemani Roberet. Not too bad. -- Robert Hailman