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Re: nicknames (was: childish pronunciation of "Christophe")

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, March 14, 1999, 7:03
Adam Parrish wrote:
> I imagine that further distortions of these might happen, leading > to nicknames like _Rinno_ for _Anlorin_ or _Fenne_ for _Trefen_. Anyone > else have unique or interesting ways of constructing nicknames in their > conlangs?
I haven't really done much with that yet, but I have worked on names. Some of them I've worked out common nicknames, mostly just dropping low-pitch (especially pre- or post-tonal) vowels, for instance, tikanupa' becomes tikanpa' (/tSikampa/) or tanpa'. I may have some sort of affix for affection, like the -y at the end of many English nicknames. Perhaps the diminiutive prefix zu-, thus tizkanpa' or tizwanpa' from tikanupa' (which, incidentally, means "beloved daughter", ti- = gender-prefix, kan = daughter/son, upa' = love/beloved)