Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search


Does the definition meaning "to vomit" come from a different etymology from the other meanings (i.e., an onomatopoetic one)? 04:04, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

No, it’s from the same etymology. Root, foundation, source. When you vomit, it’s like your roots, or your foundation, is coming out through your mouth. —Stephen (Talk) 05:02, 3 November 2011 (UTC)
Um.. both senses are common Tai-Kadai, but they are probably not cognate. Longzhou Zhuang: la:k8 ("root"), ɫa:k8 ("to vomit"); Buyei (Po-ai): la:k8 ("root"), lu:k8 ("to vomit"). Hbrug 05:12, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

That's what I was thinking. 05:14, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

It's interesting that you found cognates between Thai and Zhuang, when the two languages are so mutually unintelligible and superficially don't seem to have much in common at all. 05:15, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

Yes, the reduction of -r-, -l- and presence of [θ] in Zhuang make them sound different, though their basic vocabularies remain largely undisplaced. Hbrug 05:44, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

What do you mean undisplaced? Do we have a Swadesh list for Tai-Kadai? 06:59, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

Wow, the basic vocabulary between Thai and Zhuang is really similar! Appendix:Swadesh_lists_for_Tai-Kadai_languages 07:04, 3 November 2011 (UTC)