Re: Reading pictures??

Stephane Cloutier (cloutier@NUNANET.COM)
Fri, 4 Oct 1996 16:26:34 -0400

>For what it's worth: In Aymara (Bolivia), if you have a picture of, say, a
>house, and you ask an Aymara speaker "What is this" (Akax kunasa?) you get "It
>looks like a house" (Utajamawa.), not "It's a house" (Utawa.). The reason is
>that in Aymara only the real thing can be a house- a picture is not the real
>Ron Kephart
>University of North Florida

The same is found in inuktitut (Inuit language): a house is illu and a
picture of a house is illunguaq ("it pretends to be a house").

Stephane Cloutier