6.14.2006

Name Game

How do you name someone who lived in a time before names? Perhaps she even lived in a time before language. Calling her UGGH just doesn't seem right.

2 comments:

Joe Willy said...

That's a zen koan...
Well, if it's before language no one would be able to refer to her by name since they wouldn't speak so that wouldn't be a problem. If they have language but just don't have names then you could either do a Native American "Laughing Sky" kind of name which is not so much a name as a description (I've heard they even changed name a couple of times as one reached different levels of maturation- a child name, a young adult name and an elder name- though that could be an urban legend or only refer to one particular tribe. Whatever, I still like the notion). Otherwise, if she is somehow nameless and you have narration and need a way to refer to her you could either call her "the protagonist" or something cold like that or get cute and refer to her as "the nameless."

Me said...

Ciao Bob, any way to contact you (eg. e-mail) apart from AIM?
Couldn't find a way, not even on the Engine...

Adriano