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Re: Butterflies

From:POP3 User <laokou@...>
Date:Friday, November 4, 2005, 2:49
From: "taliesin the storyteller" <taliesin-conlang@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2005 8:33 AM
Subject: Butterflies

> I came over this text: > and it made me think: what are the word(s) for "butterfly" in various > conlangs? Klingon lacks the word I think, and I have few if any words > for insects in my langs and sketches, including a word for butterfly.
In my lang, Géarthnuns: butterfly: ödrans grasshopper: semits mosquito: thauts praying mantis: vütrezhits fly: hörtíöls cockroach: ngrhaikföls bee: lörs spider: knöifepels worm: vebs flea: bwels Alas, nada for "moth." In Chinese: hu2die2; the "die2" is the same character as the Japanese "choo"; "hu2" has the insect radical (same as "choo") plus the same phonetic as "lake". These are bound morphemes in Chinese. I've never heard "choo" used monosyllabically in Japanese and it would seem to add to a surfeit of homonyms, but perhaps in written language where everyone can see the kanji, it could work. Kou


Jonathan Chang <zhang23@...>fruitbats (wasRe: Butterflies)
Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>