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Re: Request for information: Semantics of body parts

From:Dennis Paul Himes <himes@...>
Date:Sunday, June 16, 2002, 0:35
Tim May <butsuri@...> wrote:
> I'd be interested in hearing about similar differences from English > semantics in both conlangs and natlangs.
Gladilatian has three terms for limbs: _hlemet_ arm of a gladifer or front leg of hexaped _malet_ front leg of a gladifer or middle leg of hexaped _mnolot_ hind leg The prefix _fsu_ is used for a pair of these, e.g. _fsumnolot_, "pair of hind legs". All megafauna on Gladilatia have six limbs, so this applies both to gladifers, whose front feet have become hands, and to those Gladilatian creatures which still walk on six legs. When gladifers first discovered planets with quadrapeds, they called a quadraped's front leg a _malet_ and its back leg a _mnolot_, considering the _fsuhlemet_ to be the missing limbs. When they discovered humans, therefore, the humans' arms came to be called _fsumalet_, even though a human arm resembles a gladifer _hlemet_ much more that it does a gladifer _malet_. =========================================================================== Dennis Paul Himes <> Gladilatian page: Disclaimer: "True, I talk of dreams; which are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fantasy; which is as thin of substance as the air." - Romeo & Juliet, Act I Scene iv Verse 96-99