[Lingtyp] Query on sentential names/Satznamen
gil at shh.mpg.de
Thu Jun 20 06:21:03 EDT 2019
Hebrew is a source for numerous examples of this, many of which are
familiar around the world, though their etymologies may not be. If you
can think of a name that ends with "-el" or "-iah", chances are it's a
SN in which the "-el" or "-iah" bit refers to God. For example
Daniel < dan-i-el [judge.PAST.3SGM-1SG.OBJ-God] 'God judged me'
I suspect that you may wish to broaden the definition of SN to include
also clause-like cases involving a "zero" copula, such as
Michael < mi-xa-el [who-like-God] 'Who is like God'
Also, since Hebrew has pronominal marking on the verb, you might wish
also to include forms such as
Isaac < yiṣħak [3SGM.FUT.laugh] 'He will laugh'.
I'll stop here, as I assume that there is a large literature on this
(Note: for convenience sake, I've provided the transcriptions and
glosses as per Modern Hebrew, though since these names are Biblical,
they should really be represented in Biblical Hebrew.)
On 20/06/2019 19:52, Iker Salaberri wrote:
> Dear colleagues, dear fellow typologists,
> I'm currently looking for cross-linguistic data on a specific kind of
> name: sentential names (SNs), a.k.a. clausal names, phrasal names and
> (in their widespread German use) /Satznamen/. van Langendonck (2007:
> 277-278) defines SNs as names consisting (minimally) of a verbal stem
> and a noun phrase (NP) or an adverb, where the NP is either the direct
> object or the subject of the verb stem. Here are some examples of SNs
> I have found so far:
> (1) Shona (East Bantu): /Chaitamwarihachirambwi /'What God has done
> cannot be rejected', from /mwari /'God' and the verb root -/it /'to
> do' (Mapara 2013: 103)
> (2) Basque (Language isolate): /Euridakargaina /'The summit which
> brings rain', from /euri /'rain' and the verb root -/kar /'to bring'
> (Salaberri 2008: 733)
> (3) Warrongo (Pama-Nyungan): /Galonggo balban banggarra/ '(The place
> where) mice rolled blue tongue lizard', from /galo /'mouse' and /balba
> /'to roll' (Tsunoda 2011: 22)
> (4) Northwest Sahaptin (Sahaptian): /Xátkapsha /'Leans unexpectedly',
> from /tkap/ 'to lean' and /xa/- 'unexpectedly' (Hunn 1996: 14)
> (5) Mandarin (Sino-Tibetan): /Chuán-wén/ '(The one who) transmits
> culture', from /chuán /'to transmit' and /wén /'culture' (Wiedenhof
> 2015: 92) (sorry if the tone markers are inaccurate)
> (6) Eastern Apurímac Quechua (Quechuan): /Waqcha kuyaq/ '(The one who)
> esteems the poor', from /waqcha /'poor' and /kuya/- 'to esteem'
> (Fonseca 2012: 98)
> (7) German (Indo-European): /Hassdenpflug /'Hate the plow', from
> /hassen /'to hate' and /Pflug /'plow/plough' (Heintze 1908: 160)
> I'm writing to ask for your help in tracking down more instances of
> this kind of name: I have found so far that SNs are common in
> (subsaharan) Africa, North America and Europe, in decreasing order,
> and far less common in Asia, Oceania and South America. That is why I
> would be extremely grateful for any information on SNs in languages
> from Asia, Oceania and South America. I would be very grateful for any
> pointers to grammars, language descriptions or other mentions of SNs
> in the literature.
> Fonseca, Gustavo S. 2012./Introducción a un tesoro de nombres quechuas
> en Apurímac/. Lima: Terra Nuova.
> Heintze, Albert. 1908. /Die deutschen Familiennamen: Geschichtlich,
> geographisch, sprachlich/ (3rd edition). Halle an der Saale: Verlag
> der Buchhandlung des Waisenhauses.
> Hunn, Eugene. 1996. Columbia Plateau Indian place names: What can they
> teach us? /Journal of Linguistic Anthropology/ 6(1). 3-26.
> Mapara, Jacob. 2013./Shona sentential names: A brief overview/.
> Bamenda: Langaa Research & Publishing.
> van Langendonck, Willy. 2007. /Theory and typology of proper names/.
> Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
> Salaberri, Patxi. 2008. Satznamen direlakoen inguruan: Erlatibozko
> perpausetan jatorri duten toponimoak aztergai [On so-called Satznamen:
> Investigating toponyms which originate in relative clauses]. In Xabier
> Artiagoitia & Joseba A. Lakarra (eds.), /Gramatika jaietan: Patxi
> Goenagaren omenez/, 725-741. Bilbao/Bilbo: University of the Basque
> Tsunoda, Tasaku. 2011. /A grammar of Warrongo/. Berlin/Boston: Mouton
> de Gruyter.
> Wiedenhof, Jeroen. 2015. /A grammar of Mandarin/.
> Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
> Iker Salaberri
> Public University of Navarre
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