“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Delightful if pretty useless information ( unless you're on walkabout in Australia).
In traditional Dyirbal, an aboriginal language of Australia, each noun must be preceded by a variant of one of four words that classify all objects in the universe:
bayi: men, kangaroos, possums, bats, most snakes, most fishes, some birds, most insects, the moon, storms, rainbows, boomerangs, some spears, etc.
balan: women, bandicoots, dogs, platypus, echidna, some snakes, some fishes, most birds, fireflies, scorpions, crickets, the hairy mary grub, anything connected with water or fire, sun and stars, shields, some spears, some trees, etc.
balam: all edible fruit and the plants that bear them, tubers, ferns, honey, cigarettes, wine, cake
bala: parts of the body, meat, bees, wind, yamsticks, some spears, most trees, grass, mud, stones, noises and language, etc.