query: whales and dolphins vs. pigs and lambs

Alexander Vovin sashavovin at gmail.com
Fri Apr 25 04:53:15 UTC 2008

Dear all,

        Does anyone know about any possible semantic shifts between
'doplhin' (or 'whale') to 'lamb' (or 'pig') or vice versa? A friend
told me that he vaguely remembers that some language calls whales
'pigs of the sea', but he could not recollect which one.
        I will be grateful for any information. Thank you,

Best wishes,


Alexander Vovin
Visiting Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto &
Professor of East Asian Languages
University of Hawaii at Manoa
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