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CHAT: A hand of days - Re: CHAT: The Elven (or Techian) calendar

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 14, 2002, 8:48
On Tue, 14 May 2002 16:38, Philip Newton wrote:
> On 13 May 02, at 16:37, Danny Wier wrote: > > This is more a concultural item than a conlang, but the conlang part > > obviously is what nomenclature to use for days, months, years and > > any other calendary measurement of time. > > Well, MFCL is Verdurian. Instead of repeating what Mark has said about > its days and months, I'll just point you to > . > > Basically, seven days in a week (incidentally, "week" is "hepdën" < hep > "seven" + dën "day"),
Just to set the cat among the pigeons, my concultures on Alpha Centauri Alpha - since the planet has no moon worth noticing - always refer to "a hand of days" as the shortest period of time less than a season. In yhe vala lakha, it is tu'awa aru nyare - hand of days; "aru" is the objective genitive, objective in this case because there is no clear connection between the terms "hand" and "day". "hyare" is a formation based on "revo" - "sun" with the masculine prefix "nya". <mostly named after gods, though the names are
> worn down a little so that the relationship is not immediately obvious. > And twelve 27- or 28-day months, mostly with names related more or less > to events happening in that month (reminds me a bit of old German month > names); the year has 328 days except in leap years. > > Cheers, > Philip
-- Mau e ki, "He aha to mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."