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Re: Tepper's Shadow's End

From:Paul Roser <pkroser@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 5, 2002, 19:01
On Mon, 4 Nov 2002 12:19:41 -0500, Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...> wrote:

>I've been reading Sheri S. Tepper's _Shadow's End_, which has some nifty >ideas and some execution I'm not too fond of--in any case, one of the >settings involves Dinadh, which has a language that intrigues me. I'm >wondering if she devised it from scratch or if it's derived from >something--I'd guess Native American, of which I have no knowledge. :-(
Good guess. I know that Navajo's self-designation is Dine, and most of the Athapaskan (or Athabaskan) languages of Alaska and Canada use some similar self-designation.
>Gods mentioned are Weaving Woman, Brother and Sister Rain, Daylight Woman. > Names mentioned include Saluez, Hallach, Dzibano'as, Hamam'n, Damnabi, >Chacosri. Place-name: Simidi-ala (the Separated Place). A ceremony >called Tahs-uppi (Tasimi "our borders," plural possessive, Tahs probably >"end" or "limit," uppas, uppasim, uppasimi). There's some indication of >active? case-marking ("Choosen, our language we wouldn't >say the rain chooses to fall. It just naturally falls").
The names certainly have a sort of generic Athapaskan quality to them. The inclusive-exclusive distinction is interesting, though I can't say if it is a feature of any Athapaskan language. Bfowol ----- Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. -Charles Fisher