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Re: E. LeGuille

Postby SandChigger » 27 Aug 2009 10:46

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Re: E. LeGuille

Postby chanilover » 27 Aug 2009 17:11

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Re: E. LeGuille

Postby E. LeGuille » 27 Aug 2009 17:27

SandChigger wrote::hand:

Huna ijabatak.


I don't know arabic at all, sandchigger. Just guessed. Don't know what you said.
But I guess I can take that as in you at least acknowledge me. That's a good thing.
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Re: E. LeGuille

Postby Freakzilla » 27 Aug 2009 19:19

E. LeGuille wrote:
SandChigger wrote::hand:

Huna ijabatak.


I don't know arabic at all, sandchigger. Just guessed. Don't know what you said.
But I guess I can take that as in you at least acknowledge me. That's a good thing.


It may be the nicest thing he ever says to you. :P
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Re: E. LeGuille

Postby SandChigger » 27 Aug 2009 23:44

E. LeGuille wrote:I don't know arabic at all

Don't feel bad, KJA obviously doesn't, either. ;)

Do me a big favor, how about? Go ask Kevin where he (or Brian ... snicker) got the name Chisra Sala Muad'Dib in Winds of Dune. It's supposed to mean "Glorious Origin of Muad'Dib" "in the language of the desert", but I can't find any Arabic words that are even close to that with even remotely related meanings. (Plus, the word order is wrong for the construction expressing the supposed meaning.)

I'm really curious about whether he just pulled it out of his ass, as I suspect, or if he was cute and "clever" and found someone who knows some obscure dialect. Or if, when asked, he'll reuse the old "it was in Frank's notes" crap. ;)
I have heard of only one mistake that doesn’t have an explanation for a careful reader...with an open mind. (And, no, I’m not going to tell you what it is!) —KJA

I don't like every writer's style; for instance, I have never been able to get through Ursula LeGuin, China Mieville, or Iain Banks, all of whom are critical darlings. —KJA

I...had written a bunch of Star Wars and X-Files books...that proved not just that I'm a hack, but that I could write in somebody else's universe... —KJA

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Re: E. LeGuille

Postby E. LeGuille » 27 Aug 2009 23:47

I did state my displeasure in the butchering of the language. My friend speaks Urdu(sp?), Hindi, and Arabic. Amazing guy, he could really teach me, I just never bothered to ask. It's such a beautiful language.
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Re: E. LeGuille

Postby SandChigger » 28 Aug 2009 00:25

Are you saying there was discussion of that name (for Caladan) in particular, or just in general? (There hasn't been a lot of mangling of Fremen/Arabic as blatant as this up until now. The Muadru/Muad'Dib thing is probably the second worst recent one.)

Urdu and Hindi are basically the same Indic language, descended from Sanskrit. Urdu looks more to Persian and Arabic for its learned vocabulary, Hindi more to Sanskrit. (Kinda like English refers back to Latin & Greek.) It's all good. ;)

One reason why I won't accept the "from FH's notes" explanation on this one is that FH used fairly standard Arabic as a base, applying his own sound changes and other alterations. (Not to mention that the whole idea of FH having Korba order a change to the name of Caladan "just like the faithful now call Arrakis 'Dune'" [or something like that: quoting from memory] is just ... silly.)
I have heard of only one mistake that doesn’t have an explanation for a careful reader...with an open mind. (And, no, I’m not going to tell you what it is!) —KJA

I don't like every writer's style; for instance, I have never been able to get through Ursula LeGuin, China Mieville, or Iain Banks, all of whom are critical darlings. —KJA

I...had written a bunch of Star Wars and X-Files books...that proved not just that I'm a hack, but that I could write in somebody else's universe... —KJA

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Re: E. LeGuille

Postby E. LeGuille » 28 Aug 2009 00:30

Well, I meant not so much butchering, but the lack of. Frank used it as a base of the canvas he painted. It was one of his colors. He knew what imagery and awe was sparked in the normal mind when it realized it was reading Arabic. He knew what it brough to the pallete, and through that he gave that same mysticism a meaning beyond just sci-fi, but a physical, cultural reality brought on by realistic settings in a future world so beyond us. The use of Arabic in his books brought a suttle, meditative moment to me. And then it also showed the raw, faithful tenacity of those who follow in the name of divinity, such as Paul was made to be.
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Re: E. LeGuille

Postby E. LeGuille » 28 Aug 2009 05:31

I used to know a girl named Lyqwidasia.
I wonder if her mother was thirsty at the time, or what.
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Re: E. LeGuille

Postby Tleszer » 28 Aug 2009 08:43

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Re: E. LeGuille

Postby Eyes High » 29 Aug 2009 16:56

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