Jonathan Schlosserg is a PhD candidate in linguistics at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research interests include the complicated relationship between language, culture and cognition; historical-comparative linguistics, and Oceanic languages. His research focuses on the expression of space in Marshallese, spoken in the Northern Pacific, particularly in how the expression of space varies with the physical environment and cultural practices of linguistic communities.
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