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<b>Many Moons Ago</b> Traditional Calendars and Time-Reckoning

K. David Harrison

in When Languages Die

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780195181920
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199870622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181920.003.0003

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

 Many Moons Ago Traditional Calendars and Time-Reckoning

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This chapter investigates a range of languages which still retain some use of the traditional lunar month, mobile week, and ecological cycle. It considers the adaptability and effectiveness of these calendars, and the mindset which underlay them. It also examines the likelihood that they will disappear in the near future as languages vanish. It also tries to answer the question of what exactly will be lost as the language and the systems they contain are abandoned, and why the loss matters both to science and to humanity.

Keywords: time-reckoning; traditional calendars; mobile week; ecological cycle; lunar month; science

Chapter.  13035 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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