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Old 24th August 2017, 02:18 PM   #81
fernando
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... I've watched this discussion unfold in a manner similar to previous issues of nomenclature. Each time we arrive at a consistent set of themes--the collector who wants precision mainly for cataloging purposes, and the collector with broader ethnographic and cultural interests who wants to understand how we arrived at a particular name for a specific weapon. I would suggest that these are not necessarily competing approaches, but rather complementary....

Absolutely, Ian.

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The early descriptions of cultural items by Western authors were often incorrect. Sometimes the items had various names in the original culture which makes their description more complicated...

And even various spellings among different groups , as one may find in his own people ... and dictionary.

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... Perhaps if the early Western scribes had written the word they heard as kar'd—with the apostrophe representing the short, soft vowel in the spoken form—then this confusion would have been avoided...

What an excelent approach; not only for this specific case but for all of similar nature.

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...What's in a name?...

Or how you decide to deal with it .
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