Friday, 29 June 2012

Proposing Terminology Development Principles (part ii)

One of the amorphously vague areas of discourse in Inuktitut has to do with the official names of the political parties in Canada at the federal level. I have seen no viable Inuktitut labels in print or any other media.

According to the terminology development principles using etymology of source terms, I would suggest looking into the informal, general names for the political parties: tories for the conservative party; grits for the liberals; (whatever the left calls itself) for new democrats.

Tuari 'tory'
Gurit 'grits'

tuari: n. qallunaatitut 'conservatives'/'tories'; taakkua tuariit gavamanit mikitittinasusuut kiinaujanik taaksiijaijarnirmit arngullutik; namminiq pinasuaqujisuut pijunnaqtunik...

gurit: n. qallunaatitut 'liberals'/'grits'; taakkua guriit gavamanik ikajuriaqaqtugitsijut inungnik kiinaujanik taaksiijaijarnirmit piuqsuarluni; namminiq pijunnarnirmik inungnut ikajuqujijut gavamakkunnit...

-there is a way of proposing and defining a term for a complex of supportive ideas of such associations with proper names. Though this is a form of transliteration, it goes further in that it has been formally rendered and defined as a functioning grammatical element of Inuktitut: in the definitions, bolded is singular in number, (tuari)/(gurit); italicized is plural in number, (tuariit)/(guriit).

The word, gavama 'government' itself is an etymologically discernible term that has been grammaticalized: gavamangat 'their government'; gavamakkut 'the government (itself)'; gavamatuqakkut 'the federal government' lit. 'the long (or, first) established government'. I would also propose: gavamaliriniq 'political (process)' -ie, the notion of being political in nature.

Though this may all seem trivial, having common and consistently applied references (especially in print and radio media), will help create sustainable discourse on modern concerns and add to the contemporary culture of Inuit society.

The real strength of such a proposal is if we place these "logical" elements in an abstract framework denoting the political/ideological spectrum and where each party would generally place philosophically and policywise in a section of a glossary of political terms, say.

In the next episode, I will talk about literary sources including and especially Inuit legends/myths as a means of generating new terms.


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