Re: Animal Sounds like...
|From:||Sally Caves <scaves@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 22, 1998, 3:25|
Not too bad...
The animals that I drew from Indo-European were:
"horse": ykwa, L. equus, of course, from *ekwo
"fox": fulpa, L. vulpes, from *wlp
"cow/bull": feco, L. pecu, from *peku "money," "cattle"
Bryan's sense that it was "fecal" (flies on poo)
is from L. faec, dregs.
"rakkydna" is from Gr. Arachne
"kohsa" is a stretch from L. canus and IE *kwon, so it doesn't
so is "yba" from L. ovis, IE *owi-- actually, this was one of
the Human Engineering Laboratory language aptitude
test words: eba sheep. enu lamb. The idea was to
see how quickly you could learn their nonsense words,
and I still remember most of them. Ta was bird.
Teo was lion, but I adoped it as "run," to link it in
my mind with a rampant lion.
The rest are made up:
moltro, chicken (I think I must have been thinking of poultry)
nykanel, mouse... (it just sounded sneakey and eeky to me)
kokly, monkey (I was thinking of those long arms and that
long, kooky tail)
vyo, dove (perhaps the v-v-v-v-v of its wings--also its mournful
jyjak, gull of course.
damabroh, from OE broc, "badger."
tohda is cat. It walks on its toes? I don't know.
kwermit is "duck." It just sounds like a duck. krek krek krek...
marto is hawk. Who knows why?
Li fetil'aiba, dam hoja-le uen.
volwin ly, vul inua aiba bronib.
This leaf, the wind takes her.
She's old, and born this year.