R: onomatopoetic animal sounds
|Date:||Wednesday, February 28, 2001, 21:29|
Italian is particularly rich in 'animalistic' terminology: there's a verb
describing almost every sound each animal can produce!
dog: Il cane abbaia (abbaiare):
cat: Il gatto miagola (miagolare):
horse: Il cavallo nitrisce (nitrire):
mouse: Il topo squittisce (squittire):
(S)QUIT-(S)QUIT /kwitkwit/ or /skwitskwit/
duck: L'anatra starnazza (starnazzare):
frog: La rana gracida (gracidare):
cow: La mucca muggisce (muggire):
swallow: la rondine garrisce (garrire):
???? (really do not know how to write down the sound a swallow produces!).
bird: l'uccellino pigola (pigolare):
lion/tiger: il leone/la tigre ringhia (ringhiare):
wolf: il lupo ulula (ululare)
sheep: la pecora bela (belare)
pig: il maiale grugnisce (grugnire)
chicken: il gallo canta (cantare: lit. to sing)
Well, that's not exhaustive, but I can't think anything better, now!
P.S.: shall you send me a copy of the homework, when you've finished it?
Thanks in advance!
> Hey all.
> In my linguistics course "The Languages of Europe", we've
> got an assignment to do a typological study. Me and my class
> mate decided to do a study on onomatopoetic animal sounds.
> So now we're looking for informants/consultants. I've asked
> you guys before, and some of you could help me. I hope there
> are some who can help me out again. Plus, it's fun! :)
> What we need is the sound that the animal makes and the
> verb connected to the sound of the animal. For example:
> "The dog BARKS. It goes BOW-WOW."
> We have a lame theory that might explain why sometimes the
> verb and the sound match and sometimes don't.
> So what we need is people who know what nine common farm
> animals say in European languages. Examples of languages we
> need are English, Basque, Georgian, Albanian, Italian, Czech,
> Romanian, Polish, Russian, Welsh, Gaelic, etc. Well, you get
> the idea. Any European language is of interest. Oh, we need
> this info in Chinese too. It's for a class-internal joke. :)
> If you want to be a consultant, please reply to me personally
> at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
> Thanks a million in advance. I'll post a summary of our results
> if there is any interest.
> ObConlang: Feel free to make a translation exercise of this. :)
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> May your sheep always be wooly.
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