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Re: Baby/infant

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 23, 2006, 21:28
>>caeruleancentaur wrote: >> 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?
Thanks to all who made suggestions.
> Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> wrote: > German 'Säugling' is from vt. 'säugen', 'to breast-feed', + > 'ling'. (BTW, vt. 'säugen' is the (lexicalised) causative of > vi. 'saugen', 'to suck').
I am currently suffering from a bout of otitis externa which must have addled my brain. I can't believe I didn't think of this route! English has the synonyms "suckle" & "nurse." And both can be transitive or intransitive. Thus, a woman can nurse her child & a child can nurse from/on (?) his mother. Senjecas has the verb _pâpa_, to suckle, to nurse. The following nouns are found in the lexicon: 1) with root _pap-_ papâmas - wet nurse pâpes - mammal pâpos - breast 2) with root _paf-_ (lenition needed) pafdûûra - wean; dûûra = stop pâfles - suckling; -l- = diminutive pafµîdas - mammology To this latter group I just added _pâflus_, a human suckling.
> According to my dictionary, English also has 'suckling'.
Interestingly, the AHD notes that "suckle" is probably a back- formation from "suckling." Thanks again. Charlie