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
>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, intrinsic...in 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.
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane
every night of our lives. -Charles Fisher