Friday, August 04, 2006


In many lullabies, the refrain is based on soothing onomatopoeic sounds such as the echoing syllables of 'ninna nanna' in Italian, 'nana-nana' in Portuguese, 'nana' in Spanish and 'noumi, noumi' in Hebrew, 'eya eya' in Latin, 'eiapopeia' in German and 'bayou bay' in Russian, 'lulla lulla' in English and 'kuus, kuus, kallike' in Estonian.
J. Steinheuer, Ninna Nanna, 16.


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