|From:||Adam Walker <dreamertwo@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 19, 2000, 7:32|
Well, AFMC, in Tvern El there are THREE cardinal points: North, Southwest,
and Southeast. Something to do with their cosmology.
>From: DOUGLAS KOLLER <LAOKOU@...>
>Subject: Re: Cardinal points (was: CHAT: living conditions/conditionally
>From: "Thomas R. Wier"
> > For languages that developed
> > in flat plain-like regions where reference points are few and far
> > the Pueblo languages of New Mexico and Arizona, there is a tendency for
> > cardinal-point directional systems. In those languages in particular,
>there are six
> > cardinal points: the four European ones, plus the zenith and nadir.
>Oh, now, stop that. In Géarthnuns, there are seven cardinal points. On the
>celestial sphere, there are the six you've just mentioned plus a "you are
>here" spot at the core, the ego-point, where the speaker is at that moment.
>The terms "zenith" and "nadir" never even occurred to me as possible
>definitions; I was labelling them clumsily as "up, upwardness" and "down,
>downwardness" (though these concepts are also included). I've had to go
>to the lexicon (which I was working on this afternoon), and add these
>entries therein. How am I to catch up on the lexicon when you keep
>proffering better, additional translations for Géarthnuns concepts? What's
>next, a relay?! :)
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