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I've been thinking of having another go at my old Vinland project (you might recall it as Swords of the Iroquois). Today I found myself coming up with a name for the St. Lawrence river in the language of the pre-Iroquoian people displaced by the Laurentines--a dead language of a people who didn't exactly leave written records.

Today I suddenly had the brainwave to check Wikipedia, and surprisingly it did list names for the river in native languages (direct quote: "Tuscarora: Kahnawáʼkye; Mohawk: Kaniatarowanenneh, meaning 'big waterway'"), so the next step was to translate that into something Algonquian. I decided to start with the Micmac language, based on physical proximity. Thanks to this site, I was able to translate "big" and "river" into Micmac, which gave me "mesgi'g" (mess-kick) and "sipu" (see-boo).

So tell me, does that name seem...familiar somehow? Like, say, the name of another "big river" in North America, maybe one a U.S. state takes it's name from? The next step was going to be hunting down some other native language translation</a> sites in order to compare the Micmac with other Algonquian languages, but that hardly seems necessary now. On the bright side, this means I'm not horribly mangling the grammar (though it may be that I should be using "mesgilg" instead of "mesgi'g") and that the logic behind the name is sound. Suitably mangling it to account for five centuries of an alternate universe's linguistic drift and transliteration by non-native speakers ought to render it suitably different from "Mississippi" to not confuse my readers.

So what do you think of these names for an alternate-universe St. Lawrence river? In this transliteration, j=y, y=ih, i=ee, and u=oo.



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JocelynSamara Aug 7, 2013  Professional Writer
I'ma follow you.  Just in case you slay me some more. XD
Gwenny-Eve Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a big fan of Shive's work, and you've managed to not insult me by... I guess you seem to call it 'Slay'ing it. Good work~
Your slays are hilarious.
lTofSMITIA Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

You're frickin funny. Keep doing stuff.
Clavis-Salomonis Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday! :party:
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ChadComics Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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The-TraveIing-Itch Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the fave :D
vick330 Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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