Re: Semantic typology?
|From:||ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>|
|Date:||Monday, August 11, 2008, 16:31|
Jim Henry wrote:
(re compass points)
>That's a sensible hypothesis. Do you know of any languages that
>have roots for the intercardinals rather than deriving them from
Malay/Indonesian at least, has one: tenggara 'southeast', not sure of its
origin (Sanskrit anyone?); all the others IIRC are compounds based on the
cardinal points. 'Southwest' oddly, is barat daya, lit. west inland.
>The basic directional roots would all be 22.5 degrees clockwise
>off from the cardinals.
On an island oriented NW-SE, and lacking knowledge of the compass and not
too concerned with the stars, "north" might actually refer to the direction
perpendicular to the island, hence really northeast....