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Re: Male and female animals

From:taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...>
Date:Monday, October 28, 2002, 7:49
* Herman Miller said on 2002-10-28 02:42:33 +0100
> I'm starting to come up with Lindiga words for different kinds of animals, > and it occurred to me that it might be interesting to have distinct words > for males, females, and young of some species. English even goes as far as > having distinct words for immature males and females in a few cases. > > male female young yng. m. yng. f. > horse stallion mare foal colt filly > human man woman child boy girl > deer buck doe fawn > (bovine) bull cow calf > sheep ram ewe lamb > pig boar sow piglet > chicken rooster hen chick > dog bitch puppy > fox vixen kit > duck drake duckling > goose gander gosling
Uh, tabstops larger than eight? Now that's rare.
> Different languages have specific words for males, females, and young that > aren't distinguished in English; [..]
Anyone collect these? More datapoints in that case: English: cat tom kitten Norwegian: ulv, varg (wolf): f.: ulvinne, ulvetispe, vargtik, hunnvarg, hunnulv, ylve, *ulve-binne young: ulvunge, vargunge, ulvehvalp bjørn (bear): f.: binne, bere, hunnbjørn Furthermore, you should perhaps not overlook the terms for collections of the (young) animals, like "litter of kittens" etc., although I understand that having zillions of these is an English (and Chinese?) phenomenon.
> [many more examples] > > On the other hand, it might be interesting to do without specific words > entirely, even for humans! So "woman" would be "she-human" (urvi^va) and > "buck" would be "he-deer" (mi^vo.^sa).
That's what Taruven and its ilk does. There's not even a specific word for "mother", only "parent" IIRC. t.