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NON-LIST: Re: [CONLANG] Anti-Chomsky Insults (was: ? how would you classify this language ?)

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Sunday, September 19, 2004, 18:47
Steg Belsky, having fulfilled his quota, wrote to me:

> >> On Sep 17, 2004, at 2:42 AM, Roger Mills wrote: > >but then there's the famous Nim > > Chimpsky..... > > (And the famous radical Gwr scholar Chang Shi Noq Ang (2659-2701 > > p.m.), who also held that all languages were, at bottom, the same.) > > Cool... do Gwr family names come first? >
Yes. Family name, Chang + Clan name, Shi + given name(s) often two words, and often relating to incidents/conditions at time of birth, like "bright morning" "Spring blossom" etc. (But "gloomy night" would be unlikely.) My (ethnic) Indonesian teacher and his wife named one of their children, born here, Doni [dOni] because born at dawn, the other child Frida (Frieda?) because born on Friday. Rather nice, IMO. This same man told us it's quite common in Indonesia to change one's name--to reflect better conditions in life, for better luck etc. etc. He himself claimed to have had 3 names in his lifetime. Roger, up to No. 4 (Stop me before I write more!!)