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Language, Identity and Conflict by Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost

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7 Map, mythology and environment

How much more individual still was the character that they assumed from being designated by names, names that were only for themselves, proper names such as people have … But names present to us – of persons and of towns which they accustom us to regard as individual, as unique, like persons – a confused picture, which draws from the names, from the brightness or darkness of their sound, the colour in which it is uniformly painted, like one of those posters, entirely blue or entirely red, in which, on account of the limitations imposed by the process used in their reproduction, or by a whim on the designers part, are blue or red not only the sky and the sea, but the ships and the church and the people in the ...

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