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Re: Neanderthal and PIE

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Monday, October 13, 2008, 8:49
Quoting Chris Peters <beta_leonis@...>:

> On a related note, all of my conlang projects have proceeded from a sort of > background assumption that the language is spoken by a people on one of > Ursula LeGuin's Hainish planets. For those unfamiliar, her Hainish universe > has Earth, and a number of other planets in the local area of the galaxy, > colonized by a founding race called the Hainish. LeGuin even coined the word > "Ekumen", which seems to mean something like "diaspora": the human (Hainish) > diaspora around the galaxy.
She didn't coin it really, it's just an unorthodox spelling of "ecumene", a word meaning something like the human-inhabited world, from Greek _oikoumene_ "inhabited" (sc. _ge_ "earth"). Cf "ecumenism", the movement for global Christian unity. -- Andreas Johansson


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>