# How to Do NACLO Problem with Frogs 🐸, Ducks 🦆, and Bats 🦇

The Problem

My Question

How do you solve this?

My Pitiful Progress

• (w), in Witsuwit'en, is likely a compound word of (a) and (v)
• (15) and (16) are very similar spelling-wise. It is probable that they represent "female dog" and "male dog", not necessarily respectively.
• That would make (12) to (16) inclusive about dogs.
• "tl'ol", the strange word in (13), is probably something to do with "harness". So (13) would be (g)
• (12) is the simplest, so it's probably (f)
• That leaves (14), which is probably (x)

That was as far as I could reason. Could someone please explain how to do the rest of the problem?

Here is the solution

• There is, according to the author, a one-to-one correspondence., How can anybody here do anything but just guess? Ask the person who wrote that. Commented Dec 23, 2022 at 19:56
• This is a NACLO problem, so you are supposed to be able to deduce the correspondence. Commented Dec 23, 2022 at 20:03
• Where are you getting the ducks from? Were they meant to be dogs? Commented Dec 24, 2022 at 0:31
• @JanusBahsJacquet According to the solution, the translation for bat would be derived from frog-duck. Commented Dec 24, 2022 at 0:35
• Ah, I missed that. I don’t think there’s any possible way to guess that, though. I mean, guessing what X is in dog-X = dog harness is fair enough, but in frog-X = bat, there’s just no way. Could be anything, since bats don't have anything in common with frogs – or indeed with ducks, for that matter! Commented Dec 24, 2022 at 1:30