Re: The "character" of Lindiga
|From:||Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>|
|Date:||Monday, May 31, 2004, 23:44|
Herman Miller/John Leland wrote:
> Words for virtue in the general sense in my languages:
> Kushy Yemu: fyzedona
> Jases Lalal: zawah
> Rihana-ye I woud expect to be viha, but this is an ad hoc idea.
Referring to a person's character or nature, there are a variety of
compounds in Kash based on hañu- /xañu-/ the combining form of haniyu
/xaniu/ 'soul, mind, consciousness'-- e.g. hañuvendel 'of noble character'
(like a nobleman but not by birth). There is also a word (I can't get to
the dictionary/supplement just now) that would refer to the
"nature/character" of non-humans and/or inanimate things.
> Words for a written letter or equivalent:
> Rihana-ye: diwivaroha
> Jases Lalal: lawan
> Pizatona-ye: jibh
> Zatona-ye: yib
Kash _yuri_ (orig. < e- instrumental + uri 'write':) refers only to a letter
of the hakanga (alphabet), yurihá, yuriká et seq.
> The other meanings of character (e.g. a fictional character) do not yet
> in these languages.
>Still on the to-do list.
Incidentally, me sainted mother (and I'm sure others)used "character" as a
synonym for "amusing and likeable but eccentric person, perhaps of
outrageous behavior", e.g. "What a character!!"