I have been thinking about it, and have come to realize that in speech, coming to rely upon a simple pause in order to distinguish the end (and sometimes the beginning) of a cmene/name is quite cumbersome, impractical, and liable to failure. The pause just is not natural and disrupts the flow of the speech. Using zo ‘ku” may not be effective either, because if one does not pause at the end of the name, it becomes incorporated anyway. I was thinking that introducing certain sounds that are found nowhere else could work. For example, as I say .y’y. as an “h”, I could use the voiceless dental fricative at the beginning of a name, and the voiced dental fricative at the end. But I swiftly realized that apart from modifying many of Lojban’s core rules, adding two new lerfu (and finding symbols for them) for only one purpose, and the fact that not everyone says .y’y. as an “h” (oh, and the fact that the dental fricatives are hardly universal), this could get annoying, would be highly repetitive and obvious in writing, and would just generally not catch on. (Clicks would actually be pretty cool, though!) I also considered intonation changes and aspiration patterns. Then I came to other cmavo. One could invent an entirely new cmavo (such as “xe’ai”) for the purpose of ending a name. But then, in that example, one would need to modify the rules so that a name cannot contain the sounds “xe’ai” in it. As unlikely as that name may seem, changing the rules would be highly difficult and vexatious. However, in the end, I realized that one could (optinally) start using a cmavo such as “la’ei” at the end of a name (cmene terminator) without as much difficulty. It is uses (currently) free cmavo-space and is easy enough to say at the end of a name if need be. No change in the rules is necessary because (and this is the brilliant zo’o part) “la” already cannot be found within a name! Once one hears the “la” part of the sentence, they know that that name is over (and possibly a new one is beginning), and the “[h]ei” part tells us that it just is a terminator. All then that would be needed is community recognition of the definition, just like any other experimental jbovla.
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