Re: Semantic typology?
|From:||John Vertical <johnvertical@...>|
|Date:||Monday, August 11, 2008, 14:46|
On Mon, 11 Aug 2008 09:44:32 -0400, Jim Henry wrote:
>> 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
Finnish; clockwise from North, _pohjoinen koillinen itä kaakko etelä lounas länsi
luode_. The only completely opaque ones are SE, SW and W, but eg. _itä_
being a zero-derivation of the verbal root "to germinate" isn't exactly
transparent, either. :)
IIUC this system was standardized together from quite a few dialects, none of
which consistently differentiated all eight terms.