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Re: A personal curiosity

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Friday, June 30, 2006, 21:40
>Israel Noletto <epost@...> wrote:
>Greetings everybody >A personal curiosity: How do you say Jehovah's Witnesses in your >conlangs?
I encountered the Tetragrammaton when translating the Babel story & decided to render it as _javê_, an indeclinable noun with an aberrant primary pitch on the ultimate. The Jehovah's Witnesses take their name from Isaiah 43:10, "You are my witnesses, says the Lord...." (NAB) "Lord" is the translation of _JHWH_. The Hebrew word for "witness" is _'ed_, (macron on the "e"), spelled 'ayin (with tserê), daleth. It is derived from the root _'ud_, "return, repeat." "The semantic development apparently is that a witness is one, who by reiteration, emphatically affirms his testimony." (Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament) I decided that, since I was retaining _javê_ in the name, I would render the name by means of a calque on "repeat." In Senjecas "repeat" = µerêêga; µer = again; êêga = say. µ = /m_0/ "repeater, one who repeats" = µerêêgus. Thus, "Jehovah's witness" = jávµerêêgus. The plural is _javµéreegûes_. Charlie