nanguy 'pig' in Akit

Sarah Lee sarah at LINGUISS.COM
Thu Jun 3 15:27:19 UTC 2010


In colloquial Malay (in Malaysia at least), 'babi nangui' is a 'wild boar'.  It is also be used metaphorically as a derogatory term. I am not sure where 'nangui' comes from though.


Sarah Lee
Dept of Linguistics
Rice University
Houston Texas

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Karl & Kristen Anderbeck 
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  Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010 10:16 PM
  Subject: [An-lang] nanguy 'pig' in Akit



  I'm taking a look at a book on the (Malayic) Akit speech variety (Rupat Island, Riau Coast, Sumatra, Indonesia).  Although it is a fairly straightforward Malay variety, not too weird lexically, phonologically or morphologically, one word really threw me: nanguy 'pig'.  PMP *nanguy 'swim' comes immediately to mind (cf. also PMP *babuy 'pig').  Now Malayic innovated all PMP -*uy diphthongs to i, e.g. babi 'pig', etc.  


  I do not see any phonological innovations in Akit which could have produced such a diphthong, but neither can I imagine a semantic path from a possibly pre-Malayic, substratal nanguy 'swim' to 'pig'.  


  All that comes to me is Flo in the 70's sitcom Mel, saying, "When pigs fly!"


  Any ideas?



  Karl Anderbeck

  National University of Malaysia 


  Reference: Umar, Said Mahmud, T. Nontel, Pang Cik, Burhan Yunus. 1991. Struktur Bahasa Akit. Jakarta: Pusat Bahasa.  



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