one’s left (side or hand).
one’s right (side or hand).
These stems have given rise to two new locative modifiers, tēsa and hūta, for describing something as being to the left or right of a point of reference. Unlike other modifiers, however, these do not have the full range of forms. For example, with hāl ‘front’, one can say sū jamēþa hāl ‘in front of the tree’, or sūjahāl ‘in front of it’. One can say sū jamēþa tēsa ‘at the left of the tree’ but not sūjatēsa ‘at the left of it’. Instead, one would say sū letēsa ‘at my left’ or sū ritēsa ‘at your left’ or sū satēsa ‘at his/her/their left’.
2 Replies to “satēsa and sahūta”
I’ve always wondered why right and left are primitive concepts… They’re so…homocentric. I don’t know. Seems bizarre to me, for some reason.
Really? It seems entirely logical to me to distinguish one side from another and make it relative to one’s person. As logical as front and back.
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