Thomas Poulton is PhD student in Linguistics at Monash University, Australia. His main research interests include the relationship between language and cognition, as well as language change and semantic typology. His recent research has focused specifically on spatial reference and cognition in Australian English speakers, assessing how speakers are affected by their language as evidenced through their behaviour. He is currently researching synaesthetic metaphors and perception terminology across languages.
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