LINGUIST List 5.1382

Sun 04 Dec 1994

Disc: Words for snow

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  1. maire ni chiosain, eskimo words for snow
  2. Ruth Fjeld Vatvedt, Re: 5.1358 Words for snow

Message 1: eskimo words for snow

Date: Mon, 28 Nov 94 18:41:17 +0eskimo words for snow
From: maire ni chiosain <MAIRENICIRLEARN.UCD.IE>
Subject: eskimo words for snow

As a footnote to the recent exchanges, linguists may be interested in
the following short poem by the Dublin poet, Aidan Mathews entitled
The Death of Irish:
 The tide gone out for good
 Thirty-one words for seaweed
 Whiten on the foreshore
(Reproduced on p.1428 of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing and
currently on display on the Dublin Metro as part of a poetry-for-the-
people campaign).
I have not enquired what the thirty-one words might be. But then are
we not dealing here with feelings rather than facts?

Seamus O Ciosain
c/o mairenicirlearn.bitnet
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Message 2: Re: 5.1358 Words for snow

Date: Tue, 29 Nov 1994 11:46:54 Re: 5.1358 Words for snow
From: Ruth Fjeld Vatvedt <r.f.vatvedtinl.uio.no>
Subject: Re: 5.1358 Words for snow

Just a short remark on german 'loipe', which is a loan word from norwegian
'l|ype', which comes from old norse 'hleypa' - to make something run (cause
to run). (Cf Bokmaalsordboka 1993)
Ruth Vatvedt Fjeld
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