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Re: Linguistic encoding of direction (Re: The Conlang Instinct)

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Sunday, December 12, 1999, 13:02
Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...> wrote:

> This raises an interesting question: how are directions encoded > linguistically in our conlangs?
Drasel=E9q is not very innovative about this... Demonstratives are pretty classic: _fes_ 'this' _do"s_ 'that'=20 _fa_ 'this thing' _do_ 'that thing' _faik_ 'here' _doik_ 'there' <-ik> is a rather grammaticalized location suffix, also found in _minik_ 'right here (by the speaker)'. Drasel=E9q also has _fandung_ 'this side' and _dondung_ 'that side' (often used together to contrast) and the adverb _nevul_ 'on the near side (of a point of reference)' (no counterpart for 'far side' attested). The only thing about deictics is that they are also resumptive, and the proximal ones are consistently anaphoric (referring back, right?). The deictic adverbs are currently replacing prepositional constructions to mark obliques, producing a weird effect of having a lot of barely connected propositions: Du`thes vu"s fes olm faik famp sa"nnat. year.GEN end this house here now go.1sFUT 'I'll get to this house by the end of the year.' This is of course bound to produce some ambiguity... --Pablo Flores