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Re: Delexicalization of left & right

From:Eugene Oh <un.doing@...>
Date:Sunday, August 6, 2006, 2:49
2006/8/1, John Vertical <johnvertical@...>:
> > >Whether the cultural concept _right: good vs. left: bad, taboo_ is really > >ancient is an interesting question. > > Well, with handedness, right=strong, left=weak is rather trivial; the more > symbolic meaning is not exactly lightyears apart, altho I wouldn't expect > every culture to have developed / adopted it. >
In many of the southern Chinese languages, "right" is still expressed with 正 (right, erect, proper) and "left" with 倒 (overturned, fallen, opposite).