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Re: fictional worlds

From:bnathyuw <bnathyuw@...>
Date:Thursday, August 8, 2002, 10:24
 --- Santiago <sanctifeld@...> wrote: > I
have a question for you all... I'd like to know to
> what extent are the cultures behind your conlangs > absolutely fictional...
mine has no culture. it's a language for me to use ( and anyone else who wants to, ie noone ). so it should have words for all modern things. at the same time my world view ( atheism being a critical part of it ) influence what there are words for ( there is no word for 'sacred', you have to use the borrowed words |krist|, |yahweh|, |lah| &c ).
> > My lang, Moesteskin (Moestesian would be in English) > has a lot of vocabulary relating to the latest (an > not so late) technology developments... Yes, words > like "television", "computer"... what do you think > of that? It doesn't look original, does it? > > Should I do away with those terms, and try to create > a whole culture with their own objects and then name > them with the lang? >
i don't see why ( for obvious reasons ! ). however, i do find myself avoiding these sorts of terms a lot of the time. i can't seem to decide whether to go the way of (?) most natural languages and use compound words for them, go the way of eg icelandic and use words originally used for other things ( |sími|, 'telephone', originally meant 'thread' ; |skrjár| ( i think that's right ), 'computer screen', originally meant 'amniotic membrane' (!) ), or to use completely new words, on the grounds that they're concepts current to the birth of the language and should have their own roots . . . ! again, i'ld be interested in anyone's ideas, bn __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts