[clicks &] * creating words*
|From:||J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, January 17, 2002, 5:32|
In a message dated 17.01.2002 05:23:18 AM, DigitalScream@AOL.COM writes:
>On word creation: I'm a big fan of translation, for two reasons: (1)
>Obviously it forces you to create more words, but more importantly, (2)
>if you translate something that's heavily imbedded in the semantics of agiven
>language and culture (take Shakespeare, for example), it will force you
>to think about how your culture would convey the idea. Because you can read
>Shakespeare and know what the idea is he's trying to convey, and then look
>at the words he uses. From there, all you need to do is decide which words
>you want to use to convey the same thing. Something as simple as "the gods
>above" can come out way differently. After all, who says gods need to
>be above? Why not below or all around or under the rug? It's fun. :)
LOL so true/tres bien. IIRC there is some native South American language
that has no word for "worship" or "pray." Instead they have the metaphor of
"wagging [one's] tail at god(s)." Kinda apt imagery if you consider us
humans Higher Primates...
Any other similar word/metaphor creations in conlangs? eh?
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