Alan H. Hartley ahartley at
Mon Nov 22 22:51:27 UTC 2004

> The next thing to check is how far the /tiskahomma/ 'redbird' term extends.  I
> only have it in Koasati, but it would be worth looking for in Alabama and other
> languages.

Alabama tiskomma 'cardinal' (prob. onomatopoeic from the noise
'tististis' made by the bird, + homma 'red.' And cf. tiskila 'blue
jay.') Sylvestine et al. s.v.

Creek tasi [both vowels at normal pitch] 'blue jay' (Martin & Mauldin
s.v.) No obvious cognate to tiskahomma.

These all look (sound) onomatopoeic to me.


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