Enclitic cardinal directions

Peter Sutton peter.sutton at ADELAIDE.EDU.AU
Fri Jan 12 13:32:25 UTC 2007

Does anyone know of a language in which cardinal directions or other compass
points (e.g. SE, NW) have enclitic forms that may be bound to e.g. verbs? I am
working on such a language from north Australia and would like to make
comparisons. For example, /epa/ 'south' (free form), -pa- enclitic form; /oli-
pi-n-pa/ [anger-tr VZR-PAST-south] 'he/she there south was
angry'; /ungka/ 'north' (free form); -(ng)ka- (bound form); oka-n-ka-rra [go-
PAST-north-LOC] 'he/she went northwards'.

Peter Sutton
ARC Professorial Fellow, School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide,
and Division of Anthropology, South Australian Museum. Honorary Research
Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
<peter.sutton at adelaide.edu.au>
Office: Science Centre, South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
5000, Australia. Phone 61 (0)8 8207 7618, Fax 8207 7222.

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