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The main reason for choosing the Navajo language for the second case study of the Ethnophysiography Project was the superficial resemblance of Navajo country, semi-arid with many exposed rock formations, to Yindjibarndi landscapes. This holds promise for comparing sets of terms for similar landscape features between languages of vastly different origins. In addition to the ethnophysiography case studies described in this chapter, the authors have also reviewed a number of similar studies, especially those carried out by the Language and Cognition Group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (Burenhult 2008a).
Marnda marlirri (flat-topped hill, mesa). – Yindjibarndi hydrology terms separate the water and the magnitude of its flow (bawa, mankurdu, yijirdi) from longitudinal depressions (garga, wundu) – – – – Ethnophysiography along which the water sometimes flows, whereas English incorporates both the water and the channel in the terms ‘river’ and ‘creek,’ with the water and the bed probably being considered to be parts of one entity. Similarly, thardarr is the term for the place where water sometimes falls down a cliff; if the falling water is present it is referred to by the flow magnitude words above.