|From:||Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, August 16, 2007, 13:03|
My announcement post got me thinking.
How many people have a lot of birth vocabulary in
their conlangs? Things like:
contractions (I don't)
epidural (I'm not even sure this exists in my most
IV drip (no)
heart monitor (I have "heart" and "to watch/to keep")
foetus (or |fetus| if you insist. Either way, I don't
to crown (ie for the baby's head to appear) (no)
afterbirth (if this is even a separate word from
umbilical cord (no)
breech presentation (ie coming out bottom-first)
A huge vocabulary hole, no? Hey, I'm not even sure I
have "to push"!
And if your conSpeakers are not placental mammals, you
have a whole raft of other possibilities. Anyone have
a word for an unhatched bird or reptile? Is there a
special word for the neonate of a marsupial that isn't
really even a full infant yet?
Food for much thought...
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