Keywords (was: Re: Browsing at Borders Public Library)
|From:||taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, October 10, 1999, 23:06|
* Ed Heil (email@example.com) [991010 21:17]:
> Words which are fairly frequently used, but which are not
> translatable easily with a single word -- that have to be explained,
> and that convey a concept that is important to the culture. (They
> don't have to be words for that concept; they could be interjections
> or speech act words that embody that concept -- for example, one of
> Weirzbicka's Australian keywords is "shout" meaning to buy a round of
> drinks for everyone in the bar... it's significant because it ties in
> to a sort of male working-class gift-culture sort of thing.)/snip/
All of the 'bagwords'; words with a very vague meaning, like
ancient, old in a good sense, balance, a particular shade of light=20
blue, unity/union, a particular form of mindset/behavior/exterior,
archaic, old in a bad sense, imbalance, decay, a particular shade of
dark blue, a particular form of mindset/behavior/exterior, entropy,
the set of all possible variations/possibilities, ambiguity,
Other words, echoing like mantras everywhere there are warriors, ca=ECen:=
ska:ni "maybe, perhaps, possibly"
- Used for "goodbye"
(incidentally, skian is formed from skani)
rax "change" > 'reged' "evolution" (rax+RESULT)
- Five words that comprise the meaning of life for many.=20
Others spend eternity seeking utar'a, avoiding pa:n.
- Name of a meditation-technique
War is likened to dancing, weapons are likened to wings, the river is a
symbol of both eternity and change, a very utar'a thing indeed.
"Better living through conlanging"