re: whats in a name

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: re: whats in a name
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 19:41:18 +1100
Andrew Taylor wrote:

I don't understand how you can tell from Markgraf's rendering of words
in Latin what language his informant(s) spoke.

Well Portuguese /is/ a form of vulgar Latin ... but in any case his
"jacana" is otherwise coincidentally identical in form to the Portuguese
rendering of the Tupi-Guarani word /jaçanã, /except that the cedilha and
nasal a were lost in unaccented Latin.

If he had tried rendering it phonetically into Latin, ja*c*ana wouldn't
work (c in his time would have been pronounced like k - in modern
Anglicised Latin it can be like s) - maybe jasana/yasana?  zasana? chasana?



Lawrie Conole
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