Re: Caucasian phonologies and orthographies
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Monday, March 22, 2004, 21:39|
Andreas Johansson wrote at 2004-03-15 18:20:17 (+0100)
> Quoting Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>:
> > I was thinking of words like "sherpa", "tsampa" etc. Are they
> > Tibetan or Nepalese, I dunno exactly, but anyway, "shtempa" would
> > look nice among them: tsampa, shtempa ! (roasted barley flour, I
> > don't like you !)
> > True, it's also much alike "Stemper" (what is it ?)
> There's, to the extent my Duden can be trusted, no such word in
> (Modern Standard High) German, but could very well be as far as
> phone*ic shape is considered.
> (For the Germanically ignorant, it would be pronounced ['StEmp6].)
> "Sherpa" is Nepalese, I'm fairly sure. Don't recognize "tsampa".
As Philippe said, it's roasted barley flour, the staple food of Tibet.
I imagine it's a Tibetan word - I mean, certainly it's a Tibetan word,
but I don't know for sure that it's Tibetan in origin. For what it's
worth I can't find it in the one Sino-Tibetan etymological dictionary
I know online, but I can't find anything like it in a Nepali
I recently came across a page describing how to eat it
(There's an entry from Jäschke's dictionary on the page above that
I've never had it Tibetan-style myself, although I once bought a small
loaf of bread supposedly made from the stuff at a health-food store.