|From:||Muke Tever <alrivera@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 15, 2001, 13:53|
From: "Elliott Lash" <AL260@...>
> aniye Adam Walker:
> > My concultures and conlangs usually develop symbiotically. A new word
> > suggests a cultural attitude. A new bit of culture built suggests a fertile
> > sematic domain. That in turn further defines th culture inspiring other
> > vocab. Which comes first? Why the chickeggen of course!
> Speaking of such things, I recently looked into the cultural domain of musicin
> Silinestic culture, and the result was the creation of a larger vocabulary
> describing various musical things:
> Currently there are 4 main instruments:
> tiuma 'lyre' (sort of like a lyre at least)
> gaske '4 string harp'
> limma/yalma 'harp'
> piore 'pipe' (more flute like really)
> lineo 'instrument'[...]
This reminds me of ... ah yes, I was thinking about really specialized
vocabulary tonight at work.
English has a word for "paisley". Admittedly, it's a transferred place name,
but the fact that "oily swirled paramecia pattern" gets a word and not, say,
"fuzzy blue monkey pattern", ought to say something cultural about us.
What kinds of patterns are common/popular enough to have their own names in
(I can't think of any offhand in any of mine...)