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boy-child

[Pan-Creole; cf. Pap. mucha homber (lit. child man) idem (Loftman 1953:29); cf. Port. Cr. fiǰu-máča (lit, child male) idem (Meintel 1975:211); probably a calque on an African term, e.g. Bambara dén-ce (lit, child-man) son (A. Kihm), or Twi be-ma (lit, son-child) son (K. Aboagye); dub cf. also Scots lad-bairn a male child CSD] n. son: 1918 He had t'ree gal chil' an' four boy chil' (Parsons 121). cf. GIRL-CHILD (Black)

Tags: calque, noun

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Last update: 2012-01-08 14:32
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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