Saturday, June 27, 2009

Terminology for skin color/race

In the Duala language, black, i.e. local, with no visible European or Asian heritage, is "Moundo" ("Mindo," Pl.). A Caucasian is called a Moukala (Bakala, Pl.).

2 comments:

  1. Fascinating how language functions as a kind of cultural gauge, making distinctions according to what the people feel is important for their society. Is there a word for someone of mixed heritage/color?

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  2. To Susan C.: I asked the expert (husband) who said nobody thought about mixed heritage before the Europeans came along... so the word used is "mulatto" - you probably know that word already!

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