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Reading "The Tar-Aiym Krang" by Alan Dean Foster. Excellent book. The trader keeps using some foreign language every 3rd word.

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baron_waste
Feb. 27th, 2012 07:57 am (UTC)

Yah, he was good at that. For one thing, he avoids the common and almost unavoidable situation where the conlang names particularly all sound like, well, like the same guy thought them all up. Larry Niven was particularly unfortunate in this - all his invented names blended together into clicking consonants. What the heck, not every author is a linguist.

fayanora
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:11 am (UTC)
Foster's way of naming the Thranx, at least the one example in this book, reminds me of how I name the Zedaleph in my work-in-progress "Carbon And Silicon." Because Philosoph Truzenzuzex the Thranx is Tru of family zen, clan zu, hive Zex.

In "Carbon and Silicon," the main character is Fiomi Zeni Driomi; hir full name is Fiomi Zeni Driomi zic Gu-omifisaniomi-gridri Zeni Zedalphia. Which means "(unit) 30 of 50, (manufactured) year 40,376,095; (from the planet) of Zedalphia."
kengr
Feb. 27th, 2012 09:20 am (UTC)
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