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Chiming in (was Re: Evolving shades of meaning (was Re: LUNATIC again))

From:Douglas Koller <laokou@...>
Date:Friday, November 13, 1998, 3:47
Matt Pearson wrote:

> >That was also one of the design goals of Jarrda, and one that had at least > >moderate success. Jarrda doesn't distinguish "square" from "rectangular",
> Tokana is another language which doesn't distinguish squares from > rectangles. Both are "kineian", or "quadrilaterals". Trapezoids are also > "kineian". The conventional term for square is "kineian patinkasu", or > "balance-sided quadrilateral".
So too Ge'arthnuns. touvels - triangle tou - three sebutvels - square sebut - four palavels - pentagon palav - five rhalvels - hectagon rhal - six . . . aiths - circle Unmodified, these words refer to equilateral and, presumably, equiangular shapes (more on this in a moment). If they're stretched, in a shameless rip-off from Chinese (at least as far as rectangles are concerned), you simply say they're "long". touvels re'asto"l - right isosceles triangle? (we're really pushing my very rusty high school geometry here) sebutvels re'asto"l - rectangle palavels re'asto"l - pentagon with two elongated sides . . . aiths re'asto"th - oval Simple question that this thread has raised for me: Some quick math shows that 7 and 11 into 360 produce repeating decimals. Does this mean there's no such thing as an equilateral heptagon or (whatever the word for an eleven-sided object is - undecagon?)? Or if there are, how does that work? Seven equal angles of ______ 51.428571 degrees? Heading back to the tenth grade I am, Kou