Re: Gandhabba, Gandharva (Onomatopoeia)
- Dear Nich,
You are correct to assume that I am most familiar with European
languages. However, my comment regarding "ma" = "mother" was
encouraged based on Chinese (which is most definitely MAA - 妈 嬷) and
Thai (MAE - แม).
If I am not mistaken, in Japan, it is quite common for a child to
refer to his mother with "mama". Whether this is an English loan word
or borrowed (directly) from Chinese, or elsewhere, I can not say.
I doubt any child's first word is "mother" or "okassan", but rather a
single syllable (perhaps ka or bo), and I suspect it is nearly always
"ma". Whether this sheds any light on the further development of
language seems not to be explored. The word "MA" might be unique in
that is a very easy sound, perhaps only a subtle vocalization of
I wonder if the Japanese "Mizu" is derived from the Chinese "Mazu",
the Goddess of the Sea.
> Try Japanese:
> Mother -- Okaasan or Haha
> Father --Otoosan or Chichi
> I'd guess you're only familiar with
> languages in the Indo-European family.
> Japanese is incredibly rich in onomatapaea
> but with a very different feel.