LINGUIST List 2.375

Wednesday, 31 July 1991

Disc: Kinship (Mama and Papa)

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  1. David Powers, Re: A query regarding Mama and Dada
  2. , Papa, mama
  3. , Re: Queries

Message 1: Re: A query regarding Mama and Dada

Date: Mon, 29 Jul 91 0:52:47 MET DST
From: David Powers <powersinformatik.uni-kl.de>
Subject: Re: A query regarding Mama and Dada
The Solomon Island language Maringi has Mama = Father. I forget the
word for mother, but I am pretty sure it starts with P or F.
(In August I'll be back in Sydney where I might be able to lay hands on
my analysis of the language.)
David Powers
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Message 2: Papa, mama

Date: Tue, 30 Jul 91 02:29:06 PDT
From: <iadlang%igc.orgRICEVM1.RICE.EDU>
Subject: Papa, mama
In the Western Desert group of Australian Pama-Nyungan languages
"mama" is the typical term for "father". "Papa" means 'dog' in some
of these dialects.
In many Pama-Nyungan languages, "ngama" or some reflex of it has the
following range of meanings (not all attested in all languages):
mother, woman, female, mature female (having given birth), applied to
both human and non-human beings.
In Warlpiri, terms for 'father' such as "kirda" or "warriwarri" can
also refer to male genitalia.
Mary Laughren
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Message 3: Re: Queries

Date: Wed, 31 Jul 91 10:34 H
From: <LUAKT%NUSDISCS.BITNETCUNYVM.CUNY.EDU>
Subject: Re: Queries
 RE: About mama for calling father
 I know that both Tibetan and Manchuria people call their father 'a ma'
> lua kim teng (LUAKTNUSDISCS.BITNET)
> National University of Singapore
> Department of Information Systems and Computer Science
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