Is "ma" Proto-World? (Re: Re: Comparison of philosophical languages)
|From:||Danny Wier <dawier@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 22, 2003, 0:27|
From: "Joe" <joe@...>
> Yes, but the probability of it actually staying phonologically similarover
> 20,000 years or so is very low. I could draw an origin to this obsession
> with 'ma' as a feminine marker of some kind, which seems to be common to
> nearly all languages, and the obvious connection with breasts.
That's another word that's common in many languages for "mother". (But
|mama| is "father" in Georgian!) That is probably because "ma" might be the
easiest syllable to utter for an infant beginning to learn to speak. The
theoretical word *maliq'a- seems to be a combination of the "ma" utterance
and onomatopoeia, the sound of sucking.
Which leads me to this question... there's a belief among some that there is
a single language, spoken by God or angels in heaven (and the Devil if
applicable), that's a "primordial" tongue spoken by the first humans.
Obviously the story of the Tower of Babel in the OT is a clear case, but
what about other mythologies (and con-mythologies)? Is there, say, a
Proto-Middle Earth perhaps? ~Danny~