[Lexicog] sounds animals make

Koontz John E john.koontz at COLORADO.EDU
Tue May 25 00:02:50 UTC 2004

On Sun, 23 May 2004, jess tauber wrote:
> Hi. Ives Goddard told me once (if I'm remembering right) that as a family
> Algonkian is like that- a handful of generic noise terms that can be made
> more specific by adding a nominal, etc.

This is certainly true of most Siouan languages.  There's a verb 'to make
one's characteristic sound; to give voice'.  There might be a few forms
like 'to bark', though I don't know of one off hand.  I suspect this is an
areal trait of the North American Northeast or maybe Plains, though Plains
tends to be a mix of Northeastern and Basin.

John E. Koontz

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