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Re: Baby/infant

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 22:30
On Tue, 22 Aug 2006 16:48:08 -0400, taliesin the storyteller
<taliesin-conlang@...> wrote:

> * caeruleancentaur said on 2006-08-22 22:26:40 +0200 >> I'm looking for a word for "baby/infant" in a natlang that has not >> evolved from "indistinct speech" (baba > baby) or from "not speaking" >> (in-fans > infant). Does anyone know of such? > > Norwegian "spedbarn", a baby prior to walking. I assume the "sped-" is > the same as "sped" meaning simply "small, slight in size", but for all I > know it might have something to do with truffles...
Is that -barn element a cousin of the Scots word "bairn"? ISTR it has Scandinavian origins, and if unanalyzable seems to be another candidate. Paul


taliesin the storyteller <taliesin-conlang@...>