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Re: CHAT: I'm back

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Monday, August 29, 2005, 22:48
On Aug 27, 2005, at 12:34 AM, Nik Taylor wrote:
> Julia "Schnecki" Simon wrote: >> Is there a (con)cultural reason behind this? IIRC, in Sumerian stars >> and mountains are classified as animate because they're associated >> with deities, and deities are obviously animate. So, is there perhaps >> a spirit/deity/whatever associated with gold but none associated with >> copper; or are noble metals considered to be higher in the animacy >> hierarchy than common metals; or is gold traditionally used in certain >> artifacts with moving parts but copper isn't; or...?
> I noticed that I made bow-and-arrow (a single term for the collective > unit) animate, while knife was inanimate, so I decided the rule was > that projectile weapons are animate, non-projectile weapons are > inanimate. Thus, spear would also be inanimate, and if the gender > system is still active when gunpowder is developed (I know descendant > languages lost the genders, but I'm not sure of the timing of that > development), then the gun would likely be animate.
Stabbing-spear inanimate, throwing-spear/javelin animate? -Stephen (Steg) "brooklyn don't run / we run s---" ~ 'lighters up' by lil kim


Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>