[Lexicog] What is considered "meat"?

John Roberts dr_john_roberts at SIL.ORG
Sun May 23 09:56:36 UTC 2004

>From John Roberts

Amele (Papuan) some terms for "meat"

ho cuhun    'pig meat'
cesil cuhun    'cassowary meat'
dana cuhun    'man meat'

----- Original Message -----
From: "Wayne Leman" <wayne_leman at sil.org>
To: <lexicographylist at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2004 3:37 AM
Subject: [Lexicog] What is considered "meat"?

> Recently my wife and I were discussing what entities we considered English
> "meat" to come from (within our worldview). I think we agreed that most
> prototypical English "meat" comes from cattle, wild game (e.g. deer,
> and hogs (pork). For us, what comes from poultry (e.g. chicken, turkey,
> ducks and other birds) might be meat, but we're not sure, and whatever we
> eat from poultry definitely is not nearly as much "meat" as is meat from
> bovines. For both of us, what we eat from fish is not meat. Your own
> on "meat," of course, may vary, as a speaker of English.
> I then did some lexical research on Cheyenne categories, including meat. I
> asked the Cheyenne speaker to try not to use the worldview of English
> speakers that she knew. The results for Cheyenne ho'evohkotse, 'meat,'
> pretty much paralleled my own categorization of meat within the cultural
> worldview in which I grew up (subsistence and commercial fishing family,
> subsistence wild game hunting, and increasing use of meats purchased from
> grocery stores).
> What words for 'meat' show up in languages you have worked with and what
> counts as meat within the worldviews of a majority of their speakers?
> Wayne
> -----
> Wayne Leman
> Cheyenne website: http://www.geocities.com/cheyenne_language
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