Re : Re: Different words for one thing
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|Date:||Monday, October 18, 1999, 20:02|
Dans un courrier dat=E9 du 18/10/99 17:55:23 , Matt a =E9crit :
[Irina a =E9crit :]
> >gul - bottom, lowest part of the inside of something
> >gulsen - the actual physical bottom
> >This last one is tricky: the meanings don't seem to be that
> >different, but _gulsen_ is only used when you're talking of the
> >actual surface down there, not the place where it is. For instance,
> >when a bucket goes down a well, it is _gulie_ (at the bottom, all the
> >way down) and when a person climbs into the (hopefully dry) well to
> >retrieve a lost necklace he is _gulsien_.
> Tokana makes a distinction that's a *bit* like this: _lom_ means
> "bottom" in the sense of the underside of something, while _luma_
> means bottom of an interior space, such as the floor of a room
> or cave, the inside bottom of a box, the bed of a stream, or the
> bottom of the ocean.
japanese does too :
ura =3D "other face behind"
soko =3D bottom (of sea, botle, bag)
and i don't feel there is any link between the two of them...
except when i speak english.
so what makes english and Tokana unique to me is their common derivation
between 2 very different items. ;-)