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Re: [Chinese] Millets in China and in Chinese

Don Osborn <d_z_o@xxxxxx>
To: oesterg@xxxxxx, chinese@xxxxxx
Dec 21, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Thank you Jens (belatedly), I appreciate the pointers. Will source the longer Bray work.

The article by her in Journal d'agriculture traditionnelle et de botanique appliquée ("JATBA"; a very interesting journal I haven't looked at in years) gives me enough to go on for the moment for my very limited blog project. That concerns distinguishing more systematically among the four main millets worldwide in food labeling and ag statistics, and proposing loanwords in English to assist in that process. I'm halfway through the series of 6 short posts, of which the initial one explains the approach: http://donosborn.org/blog/?p=126

The next forthcoming in the series is foxtail millet (Setaria italica), for which I've taken the risk of associating simply with "xiaomi." From what I read in the Bray article in JATBA, this is not unreasonable (and arguably no worse than the established borrowing of "proso" - apparently a generic pan-Slavic term for "millet" - for Panicum miliaceum).

All the best,

Don Osborn


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