[Lingtyp] Body-part metaphors in different languages and lexical typology

piet lincoln linc at hawaii.rr.com
Wed Jul 18 21:05:34 UTC 2018

Dear Annika ol,

Indonesian is just the tip of the Austronesian family.

Blust (2009) THE AUSTRONESIAN LANGUAGES (Pac.Ling)  has a section on  
"Body part terms and their extensions"

His entry for PMP *mata 'eye' goes way beyond  Mata Hari.


What about going the other way?

Body parts that are extensions of external objects

Banoni  /bughawa/  { < POc *buaq}  'betel nut'     and /bughawa-na/   
'his kidney'

Banoni /dzaneghava/  'centipede'  and    //dzanegava-na/  'his adrenal 

Banoni /dasoa/ 'mango'     and /dasoa-na/    'his spleen'

Alles jute,


Piet as an homage to Danish polymath, Piet Hein.

On 7/18/18 12:49 AM, Annika Tjuka wrote:
> Dear all,
> in my Master’s thesis, I conduct a typological study of body-part
> metaphors, mostly indicating part-whole relations as in "the foot of
> the mountain" or "pinhead".
> In this context, I’m looking for recommendations for primary and
> secondary sources of the following kind:
> 1) Comparative studies of body-part metaphors cross-linguistically.
> 2) Studies on individual languages discussing body-part metaphors. So
> far, I have found studies discussing Hieroglyphic-Egyptian, Thai,
> Japanese, English, and Indonesian.
> 3) Dictionary data, preferably digital, ideally accessible online. I'm
> aware of the Pacific Linguistics Publications Archive
> (http://sealang.net/archives/pl/). Any comparable resources,
> dictionaries accessible through archives, etc. would be very welcome.
> Please feel free to answer to me individually, I promise to post a
> summary of your responses to the list.
> I’m excited to hear your suggestions.
> Best,
> Annika
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