"Vocalization Dictionary" of Mongolian herders


  1. shubert said,

    October 11, 2015 @ 6:44 am

    Good one. I will refer this to my friend, who was an Inner-Mongolia herder.

  2. Victor Mair said,

    October 11, 2015 @ 9:21 am

    When I was a boy growing up in rural Ohio, I used to hear the farmers calling their animals with similar expressions. One of the most widespread animal calls is "Woo pig sooie", which has become the famous cheer of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.



    "The distinctive call is likely a degraded form of Latin, as the Razorback, or wild boar, is a member of the pig family, which in the Linnean classification (Latin) naming system is Suidae. ' 'Sooie' is a pig calling call in the north east of England, as is 'Giss giss'".

    My father kept animals on our farm for awhile, and he herded cows in the Tyrolean Alps as a boy. In both places (Ohio and Austria), he had ways for talking to his animals.

  3. Dan Lufkin said,

    October 11, 2015 @ 11:05 am

    In the 30s in Maine you called the cows home with "Sooo! Bos! Bos! Bos!" In Greek, "You! Cow! Cow! Cow!" If you were standing where they could see you, they came, even if you were a child.

  4. Dan Lufkin said,

    October 11, 2015 @ 11:09 am

    @ V.M. — And in Sweden you call pigs with "Gris, gris!"

  5. shubert said,

    October 11, 2015 @ 2:48 pm

    I had only lesser experiences than that of Prof. V.M., for the vehicle of my father's school was a cart, on which a pregnant teacher was carried to a hospital; and the sound of 吁 yu for driving.

  6. marie-lucie said,

    October 12, 2015 @ 9:51 am

    Sooie … a degraded form of Latin

    English forms related to Latin Suidae 'pig family' are singular sow 'adult female pig' and swine 'pig (pl)'. Sooie is likely to be related to these words, not directly to Latin.

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