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What is the name of this language?

Postby Miatato » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:44 pm

Two questions for thought and commentary:

a) What shall we call our language-in-development?

b) Do we want a concultural component to this?
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Re: What is the name of this language?

Postby Uh-Oh » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:05 am

Miatato wrote:Two questions for thought and commentary:

a) What shall we call our language-in-development?


I like names that fit the phonology of the language itself, and that don't show up with a lot of hits in Google (makes it too hard to find links that are actually related to the language).

Miatato wrote:b) Do we want a concultural component to this?


Yes. But I'm terrible at that aspect of conlanging.
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Re: What is the name of this language?

Postby Matthew Turnbull » Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:35 pm

a) I like having a name that makes sense in the language, like "our language", "how we speak", or props to that language family in Australia for "this"

b) I like conculture, makes vocabulary coining easier because you know how your speakers think.
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Re: What is the name of this language?

Postby kadani » Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:39 pm

a) While we're at the name of languages, there is also Bislama which supposedly means sea cucmber. No idea why.

I liked the term viazi, which someone in the morphology thread itof* coined/backformed. It however has pages of metacrawler hits so might not be a good idea. If it is okay, we might use something like viazi u jizai for 'language of us'. We could use the term kolis (talk) from downforum: kolis u jizai. Both names have only one metacrawler hit.

*in the old forum
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Re: What is the name of this language?

Postby Miatato » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:01 pm

Matthew Turnbull wrote:a) I like having a name that makes sense in the language, like "our language", "how we speak", or props to that language family in Australia for "this"


"This" is brilliant. That really makes me smile.

I don't currently have a proposal for the language name, but I am hoping more people come out of the woodwork with their ideas.

I have added some forums for concultural discussions (and related projects for the truly ambitious).
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Re: What is the name of this language?

Postby Homurakitsune » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:53 pm

"this" is a neat idea. As far as my conlangs go, I've had names meaning "language of the land", "language of magic", "I speak", and "Dragon's cry". The first two come from the same conworld so most of the languages in that conworld are "language of"s. "I speak" came when I really just didn't know what to call it and then thought that that would be straightforward, and "Dragon's cry" is a language where the conpeople who speak it are actually imitating the sounds dragons use to communicate. Just throwing stuff out there. I really like tying what the language is used for/how the people who speak it percieve the language into the name.

Using "this", to me at least, suggests the conpeople are frank. Like, "What language are you speaking?" "This one. Duh." Or something. [/speculation]

So that's my two cents.
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Re: What is the name of this language?

Postby kadani » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:59 am

What we have for "this" and "that" is so far...

kena: this, near the speaker
kexu: this, near the person it is addressed to
kea: this, near both.
kelin: away from both, (tentative)
(all can also be used in temporal or referential meanings)


(compiled from the "LEX:" thread.)

So... we use kexu if the other person speaks it and kea otherwise?
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Re: What is the name of this language?

Postby Uh-Oh » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:03 am

Then what about a compound word that's a calque for "this language" or "our language"?
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Re: What is the name of this language?

Postby kadani » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:06 am

Uh-Oh wrote:Then what about a compound word that's a calque for "this language" or "our language"?

How do we say language? Propose a word! :D
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Re: What is the name of this language?

Postby Miatato » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:48 pm

For language:
koliku (the child of "kolis" and "kuniku", the first being "talk" from the Sentences About the Book thread, and the other being a hypothetical word for "word" in the Morphology thread.)

Keakoliku or Kenakoliku are fun to say, but a little sharp with all those k's.

Meh. I may take that back to the drawing board. Just throwing this out there.
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