[LMB] Gene cleaning in real life

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Wed Nov 15 15:55:56 GMT 2017



> On Nov 15, 2017, at 8:44 AM, Sylvia McIvers <sylviamcivers at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> I gather that rainforest dwellers tend not to have a word for "tree" -
>> because it's not a useful abstraction, when your life can depend on
>> knowing tree-with-good-fruit from tree-with-poison-berries or
>> tree-with-useful-fibres.
>> --
> 
> 
> And "words for snow" that don't include the generic "snow"...  because even
> in the city we want to know if it is coming down as a blizzard or flurries
> or sheets, and are we stepping on hardpack, slush, thin ice, black ice...

We have words for “mammal”, and “animal”, and “plant”.   I bet more rainforest dweller languages than not have words for “tree”.   I wouldn’t be surprised if all of them do, but I would be very surprised if none of them do.



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