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LINGUIST List 16.2088

Wed Jul 06 2005

Qs: Tukano Color Terms; Mystery Language Song

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        1.    Sean Day, Tukano Color Terms
        2.    Salvatore Attardo, Mystery Language Song

Message 1: Tukano Color Terms
Date: 06-Jul-2005
From: Sean Day <sean.daytridenttech.edu>
Subject: Tukano Color Terms

I am wondering whether, in the various Tukano languages of South
America, there is an irreducible base color term for the category
of 'blue'. In particular, I am interested in the Desana language and
other languages of the Vaupes region. From various books and
articles by Reichel-Dolmatoff, I have seen terms
for 'black', 'white', 'red', 'green', and 'yellow', but not 'blue', yet 'blue' is
basic to the color symbolism of Desana and other Tukano

Sean A. Day, Ph.D.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Message 2: Mystery Language Song
Date: 04-Jul-2005
From: Salvatore Attardo <sattardoneo.rr.com>
Subject: Mystery Language Song

With apologies about the somewhat frivolous nature of the request, a
former student of mine has asked me to identify the language in which
this song, sang by her father in the nineteenseventies, is sung.
Unfortunately, the recording is only nine seconds long. The father's
origin is Italian, Piedmontese, to be more precise, but the song doesn't
seem to be in any Italian dialect I am aware of.

The sound clip can be downloaded at the following address.


Please direct your replies directly to me and I will forward them to the
student. Thank you.

Salvatore Attardo, Prof.
English Department
1 University Plaza
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH 44555

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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