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63 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 July 2009 04:25AM

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Comment author: Chriswaterguy 24 May 2017 05:11:48AM *  0 points [-]

Out of curiosity, do we know anything about the native language of the hero? Ahntharhapik and khanfhighur don't seem to be from existing languages.

Is there anything significant here for the story, or is Eliezer (say) just avoiding the assumption that the hero is an English speaker?

Comment author: entirelyuseless 24 May 2017 01:10:29PM 4 points [-]

"Ahntharhapik" = "anthropic"

"khanfhighur" = "configuration"

Comment author: Chriswaterguy 08 December 2017 02:37:16AM *  0 points [-]

Thanks - ahntharhapik seemed obvious but I missed khanfhighur. (Khanfhighur is much more obvious now when I imagine it with an American accent.)

Re my original question, I'm still curious whether there are any clues about the language itself (other than that there are obvious cognates with English and what those cognates are). Does it relate to other stories/worldbuilding

I'm probably overthinking it.