basic words for taste

bingfu bingfu at USC.EDU
Thu Apr 23 07:02:30 UTC 1998

Dear netter,
	English seems to have the following
basic words for taste:
sweet, bitter, sour, salty, hot (chilli).

Chinese has one more basic taste word:
xian (with first tone), which describes
the taste of monosodium glutamate or
simple protein molecules. And 'xian' is
regarded the primary criterion for tasty
I would know how many basic taste words
do you have in your language.
I will make a summary later.


	Bingfu Lu

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