Russian Swadesh up again. Always something interesting with yandex.ru. This might have been included before, but #111 боро́ться (to fight) shows you how to kill a giant beetle.
Category Archives: Swadesh
French 10 July 2016
English 03 July 2016
The tenth English Swadesh for your perusal. No meta comments, but this is the first time for the English list (and possibly for all lists) that #62 skin returned an actual picture of human skin and not a diagram of the composition of skin or a picture of leather. I believe this is also the first time the English list returned fields of single color for all the color terms (#172-176).
Arabic 26 June 2016
Chinese 19 June 2016
Chinese again. Baidu is switching around how it handles image search, so I had to alter the protocol again. But, as usual, there’s nothing that doesn’t result in a returns page full of cheesecake. That said, Baidu generally returns things that are not shopworn stock photos or dream interpretation SEO, although that last might be my ignorance of Chinese showing through.
An old favorite showed back up, a girl farting orange dust for #109 死 (to die), as well as an old non-favorite, the guy with the gouged eyeball for #187 爛 (rotten). The return for #67 蛋 (egg) was atypical, a clutch of hatching caimans (or other crocodilians). And #87 脖子 (neck) was a quizzical looking Superman with his head cocked and his insignia reversed.
Spanish 12 June 2016
This particular list marks the anniversary of starting this weekly round of manually-compiled Internet Swadesh Lists. There are 52 of them available, or 8 2/3 sets of the six UN languages. For this particular process, I intend to complete 10 full sets, and then look to see about automating them. There may be some hiatus as I figure out how to do this.
Nothing too out of the ordinary for this Spanish set.