[Lexicog] sounds animals make

Danko Sipka danko.sipka at ASU.EDU
Mon May 24 18:31:18 UTC 2004

For many years now there is an excellent Web page devoted to the sounds animals make @ http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/ballc/animals/animals.html.


Danko Sipka
Research Associate Professor and Acting Director
Critical Languages Institute (http://cli.la.asu.edu)
Arizona State University
E-mail: Danko.Sipka at asu.edu
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Hayim Sheynin 
  To: lexicographylist at yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 11:09 AM
  Subject: RE: [Lexicog] sounds animals make

  In the figure brackets and capitals I added corresponding verbs and nouns in Russian.

              Hayim Y. Sheynin

  -----Original Message-----
  From: Fritz Goerling [mailto:Fritz_Goerling at sil.org] 
  Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2004 6:03 AM
  To: lexicographylist at yahoogroups.com
  Subject: RE: [Lexicog] sounds animals make


  The words I inserted in caps show how close English and German are.


    Some languages, like English, have an extensive lexicon for characteristic
    sounds made by different animals, e.g.

    neigh, whinny  (WIEHERN) , snort  (SCHNAUBEN)  : horse
                                        Rus. {RZhAT'}

    bark, growl: dog {LAYAT', LAY}

    howl  (HEULEN) : dog, coyote, wolf {VYT', VOY}

    grunt  (GRUNZEN) , snort: hog/pig  {KHRIUKAT' }

    chirp  (ZIRPEN) /sing  (SINGEN) : bird {CHIRIKAT', PET'}

    meow  (MIAUEN) : cat {MIAUKAT'}

    cackle  (GACKERN) : chicken {KUDAKHTAT'; KUDAKHTAN'E}

    crow  (KRÄHEN) : rooster {KUKUREKAT'; KUKUREKU}

    laugh  (LACHEN) : hyena {SMEIAT'SIA}

    low: cow {MYCHAT'; MYCHANIE; MU}

    gobble: turkey {???}

    quack: duck {KRIAKAT'}

    honk: goose {only paraphrastic KRICHAT' (shout); IZDAVAT' ZVUKI (utter sounds}; but the swan POIOT (SINGS) (at least once in his life)

    Other languages, such as Cheyenne, have very few words for the sounds made
    by specific animals. I only know of the word emaa'e 'he is barking' used of
    a dog, for Cheyenne. Otherwise, other sounds of animals are covered by the
    generic word enestoohe "he is making the sound."

    How about for one or more languages you have researched? How extensive is
    the vocabulary for characteristic sounds made by different animals? At this
    point, I'm not asking for the onomatopoeic words mimicking the sounds made
    by animals (e.g. English woof woof, cockle doodle doo) but that would be
    another interesting collection.

    Wayne Leman
    Cheyenne website: http://www.geocities.com/cheyenne_language


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