Re: Semantic typology?
|From:||Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 11:23|
I always felt something was wrong with the
compass directions in Sohlodar. Now I realize
that they are shifted 45 degrees
counterclockwise, so that I have:
| Kijeb | Sohlob | English | Direction
| kimra | kember | 'north' | NW
| yasa | yah | 'east' | NE
| stirkyu | istirdj | 'south' | SE
| styungwa | aesjtong | 'west' | SW
It makes perfect sense WRT local climate too,
where the 'north' and 'east' are both more arid
and desert-like than the 'west' and 'south'. I now
see that it is the NORTH which is dry and the
SOUTH which gets more rain. Since the 'south-west'
is temperate rather than tropical Sohlodar is
probably located on the southern hemisphere of its
planet. You learn something every day!
Carl Banks skrev:
> Andreas Johansson wrote:
>> Quoting Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>:
>>>> Compass directions, maybe? I would assume any
>>>> language distinguishing roots for any of the
>>>> intercardinals should also distinguish some
>>>> for the
>>> That's a sensible hypothesis. Do you know of
>>> any languages that have roots for the
>>> intercardinals rather than deriving them from
>> 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.
> At Penn State University, where the streets are
> aligned almost exactly diagonally (45 degrees)
> relative to the cardinal directions, everyone
> uses North, South, East, and West to refer to
> the street directions: north is actually
> northwest. The campus maps are even drawn with
> northwest to the top.
> This leads to oddities such as the North
> Residence Halls being at almost the same
> latitude as the South Residence Halls.