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Re: Semantic typology?

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Monday, August 11, 2008, 19:38
On Mon, 11 Aug 2008 16:17:26 +0200, Andreas Johansson wrote:
>I recently read an old (1928) article by L. Weibull which argued that in >pre-Christian Scandinavia, the "north", "east", "south", "west" actually >designated NE, SE, SW, and NW, respectively. I haven't heard of the idea in >anything written in the eighty years since, so I guess it didn't win academical >acceptance, but it does render more sensible some geographical informations in >viking age texts.
Here's something interesting to go with that: I checked the etymologies of the Finnish terms I just mentioned, and _luode_ is attested dialectally (and in other Finnic languages) both for NW and W; _länsi_ for both W and SW; and _lounas_ for both SW and S. There's no direct etymological connection with the Scandinavian terms, but it's an interesting parallel. John Vertical