Re: Changing worldviews with language (LONG)
|From:||H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>|
|Date:||Monday, November 4, 2002, 16:00|
On Mon, Nov 04, 2002 at 05:02:19AM -0600, Nik Taylor wrote:
> Mat McVeagh wrote:
> > Exactly, semantics is where the really juicy stuff is at, and it's harder;
> > it does seem as tho ppl are more interested in constructing *form* -
> > phonoogical, orthographic and grammatical, as you say.
> I wouldn't say that. There may be more talk about forms, but semantics
> is hardly ignored.[snip]
E.g., take a look at Yoon Ha Lee's Tasratal, which features "triad"
> fact, it's completely boring...*sigh*), its "triad" semantic structure
> is not necessarily predictable, e.g. "zaro" (matter/melt/steady-solid)
> or xasros (silence/exile-meditation/solitude). It would be unfair for
> me to simply give the root form to the next person in line and expect
> him/her to intuit the semantics, so I usually list instantiations such
> as "azaro" (solitude) or "izaro" (silence) in the vocabulary list.
A similar feature in Ebisedian:
rii'bi the skeletal frame of a framework
gii'bi the fillings of the infrastructure in a framework
jii'bi the contents, contained by the framework
E.g., the metal frame of a car is the _rii'bi_, the engines, gears,
wheels, etc., are the _gii'bi_, and the passengers are the _jii'bi_. Or a
building: the pillars, weight-bearing beams and walls, are the _rii'bi_;
the plumbing and electrical connections are the _gii'bi_, and the people
and furniture are the _jii'bi_.
And then there is the triangular directional system, unlike most other
languages/cultures which feature a 4-directional compass:
_katui'_ Analogous to "north".
_cutui'_ 120 deg SW from _katui'_
_rotui'_ 120 deg SE from _katui'_
And then there is a whole system of cognate terms that show how the
1) _fa'ta_ "to see" (phys)
_va'ti_ "to realize" (or, "to see", introvertive)
2) _le's_ "to go" (phys)
_la'zi_ "to go" (introv), i.e., "to explore an idea",
"to move on to a topic"
_l0'se_ "to move a presence into" (abstract), e.g., a
government moves (l0'se) into a new territory by
sending a military or diplomatic presence there.
3) _ga'ne_ "to manipulate" (phys)
_ga'ni_ "to manipulate" (introv), i.e., to psychologically
maneuvre, to navigate one's thoughts.
4) _zota'_ "to look" (phys)
_za'ti_ "to fixate upon an idea or goal", "to investigate
or consider a matter".
5) _ta'ma_ "to speak" (phys)
_t0'me_ "to speak" (abstract), i.e., to bespeak, to lead
_da'mi_ "to think" (introv), to speak to oneself, or to
reply in thought but not in word.
6) _vyy'i_ A destructive, swirling, twisting phenomenon in
the Ferochromon, used by the Ebisedi as a means of
waste disposal. Derivatively, refers to the
feelings of ill-health or the spinning sensation
of a severe headache.
_vy'e_ "To spin", "to twist", "to crush into pulp" (phys)
_va'i_ (introv) to telepathically assault. Refers to an
intense assault on a telepathically-linked victim.
There are many other examples, but I hope this is enough to demonstrate
that Ebisedian isn't just a re-grammaticization of English or any of the
other langs I know. It is driven by a conculture that draws from and
shapes the semantics of the language according to its own outlook and
values. I certainly spent a lot of time thinking about the semantics of
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