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Offline Muninn

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Re: Introducing Characters' Names
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2012, 04:58:41 AM »
If you'll pardon a short rant, here's a panel from Our Intrepid Crew:


What is the engineer's name?

Although I generally agree with your point, I thought in this particular example  it worked rather well. I grinned and had already re-named the character footstool (probably, until something better comes op) in my head without realizing it.

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« Reply #31 on: December 17, 2012, 07:23:27 AM »
I can't sing enough praises for translating names into the colloquial phonetics of the target audience. Names function by signifying what you understand about the character being referenced. As the writer and creator of the world, you understand a vast amount of the cultural implications of different naming conventions- you understand far more than the introductory reader will. As a creator, it's tempting to jam as much meaning into the names as you can, but you have to be aware of how much of it the reader will likely pick up on. If the extra layers of meaning make it unapproachable to a new reader, then the name fails to be significant. The name fails to do its job.

Honestly, unless the comic is going for a specifically distant tone, I'd use the simplified name in the comic and save the accurate version for the cast page...
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Re: Introducing Characters' Names
« Reply #32 on: December 17, 2012, 10:19:37 AM »
Often when I see symbols like that thrown in, it sparks a brief back-and-forth exchange between the character who spoke the name and the (uncomprehending) person it's being spoken to-- they repeat what they thought they heard (which is usually wrong), are corrected, repeat it wrong again, etc.

I've seen it so many times it's probably a trope of its own by this point. I'm surprised that Our Intrepid Crew one wasn't followed by it. XD

I've had people online and in person express uncertainty about how to pronounce 'Chirault'-- mostly confusion over whether the 'Ch' is pronounced like 'ch' or 'sh' or just a hard K, whether the I is pronounced like a diphthong or like 'ee' or a schwa, etc. Personally I don't care how people pronounce it, and I'm reluctant to try to tell them since while I have a way I personally 'hear' it in my head, a little while after starting the comic I discovered that it's also a French surname (pronounced differently from the way I refer to my story). Giving it an 'official' pronunciation is a little out of my hands.

And hey, since it's the name for pretty much an entire continent in-story, technically different characters would probably pronounce it differently anyway thanks to dialects/regional accents! YESSS canon reason not to worry about pronunciation!

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