Alice Gaby is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Monash University, Australia. Her research interests lie in three intersecting domains: semantic and structural typology; the relationship between language, culture and cognition; and the documentation and analysis of endangered languages, especially those of the Australian continent. Underlying this research program is the belief that linguistic analysis can be enriched by viewing grammatical structures as part of a larger communicative system, encompassing multiple languages, registers and modalities.
What in the World Is North? Translating Cardinal Directions across Languages, Cultures and EnvironmentsFeatureIntroductionFor many, north is an abstract point on a compass, an arrow that tells you which way to hold up a map. Though scientifically defined according to the magnetic north pole, and/or the earth’s axis of rotation, these facts are not necessarily discernible to the average person. Perhaps for this reason, the Oxford English Dictionary begins with reference to the far...Read more