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Baby animals

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Monday, September 8, 2003, 19:08
Here's an interesting question that arose on Cybalist, pace the Romanian
"Alex" --

[Rom.] pui= baby of every animals with exceptios of these of horses, cows ,
sheeps, goats, goose and ducks. For these 6 species are special words to
denominate their babies. I mean here, one can use the word "pui" for the
babies of thes animals too, but it sounds very strange to do it. BTW,
are in other languages more/less species wherefor the people developed
special words for denominating the babies of them?

Food for con-thought.

ObNatlang: Engl. and Eur. langs. of course have a bunch.  I can only think
of a specific word for "piglet" in Indonesian, but then I didn't hang around
farms very much.  They do distinguish _human_ vs._animal_ pregnancy (hamil,
bunting, resp.)

ObConlang:  So far, Kash only distinguishes the pregnancy.  It's off to the
new-words file!


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Herman Miller <hmiller@...>