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Re: Baby/infant

From:Yahya Abdal-Aziz <yahya@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 23, 2006, 6:29
On Tue, 22 Aug 2006, Charlie wrote:
> > Hi! > 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? > > Charlie >
- Malay (Austronesian) has "bayi" for "infant, baby". - Iban (Austronesian) has "anak biak" for "baby", literally "child breed". - Kadazan (Austronesian) has "tanak tonini", literally "child small" for "baby" and "koposusuvan", literally "suckler" for "suckling". - Spanish (IE, Romance) in all varieties has "niño" for "male infant" and "niña" for "female infant". - Andean Spanish (IE, Romance) has "guagua" for "baby"; I don't know its etymology. - German (IE, Germanic) has "Säugling" for English (IE, Germanic) "suckling". - Tamazight (Semitic) has "taslmiya" or "tislmiwin" for baby; I cannot determine the etymology of either word, but both appear to have the triliteral root "s-l-m-" which in Arabic and Hebrew (Semitic) means "peace" or "safety". - Greek (IE) has "vréfos" for "infant, baby", "nípio" for "infant, baby, newborn child", and "moró" for "baby". "nípio" *seems* to combine the roots for "new" and "child". HTH, Yahya -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.1.405 / Virus Database: 268.11.5/425 - Release Date: 22/8/06


Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>