Posted by Mark Rosenfelder (188.8.131.52) on August 07, 2000 at 09:54:43:
I've gotten interested in putting the Historical Atlas online. With my current computer and graphical tools, the maps should be easy to do, and fairly pretty. I think I'll do a map a week, which will perhaps give readers the sense of an ongoing story.
The hang-up is the Axunashin/Xurnese names. I made up most of the place names before creating the language, so they don't mean anything. So I'm trying to fix that.
Often the meaning will go back to Wede:i. An example is Niormen. I used to assign this to Axunashin Nivurmen, which was "royal" + (something unknown). Unfortunately, re-checking the sound changes, I found that this should have become Xurnese Nayburmen.
So now it's Nayormen, which does properly become Niormen in Xurnese, and derives from Wede:i Na:iworma:n. That means 'Greater Na:iwor', that being a city, whose name means 'bird of the west'.
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