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Constellation (was: Re: Teliya Nevashi Grammar beginnings)

From:Douglas Koller <laokou@...>
Date:Thursday, July 26, 2007, 23:41
From: Mia Soderquist <happycritter@...>

> On 7/24/07, Michael Poxon <mike@...> wrote:
> > do any of your concultures have names for constellations that are > > different from traditional ones?
> I am not > even entirely sure any of my languages has had a word for > "constellation" (although it is probably safe to say that it would > have been a compound word in ea-luna. "star picture" or some such.)
The Germanic languages take this approach *as* does Hungarian -- go figger. As near as I can figure out, Russian and Czech have some sort of prefix, like "con-", (Russ: "so-"; Czech: "sou-") meaning "bunch together" or something like that, and "stars". Chinese, I knew. It's "stars-seat/place/pedestal" but since the second character is also a measure word for mountains and bridges, I like that take on it. I never thought of it before (D'oh!), but the Japanese pronunciation of this word is homonymous with sitting formally on tatami for things like tea ceremony. Meanwhile, while my Webster's says "constellation" is Late Latin, I found "sidus" in the Latin dictionary, which is cool. Why all this? Because I've just finished redocumenting all my G


Michael Poxon <mike@...>