Of Men, Hills, and Winds: Space Directionals in Mwotlap

@article{Franois2003OfMH,
  title={Of Men, Hills, and Winds: Space Directionals in Mwotlap},
  author={A. François},
  journal={Oceanic Linguistics},
  year={2003},
  volume={42},
  pages={407 - 437}
}
In Mwotlap, an Oceanic language of Vanuatu, the principal device for referring to space is a paradigm of six directionals. Organized in pairs, these morphemes define three ways to draw a vector in space: by reference to a salient participant (hither-thither); by reference to an asymmetry perceptible within the immediate, local setting (up-down; in-out); or by reference to a fixed, absolute system of four horizontal quadrants (also lexified as up-down; in-out). These three "coordinate sets" can… Expand
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