A basic linguistic analysis, i.e., questions concerning the inherent logic and consistency of folk names, was researched with the use of farmers’ interview and researcher observations. Individual farmers were asked to free list the local names of yam varieties and sub-varieties they grew or knew. All the folk names were registered, and translation considering meaning, origin, and structures of folk names was made with the use of elderly farmers. The consistency of folk names was assessed with the use of fixed landrace samples. Of the total farms surveyed, landraces that were encountered in more than ten farms were selected as a fixed sample. Accordingly, 15 landraces were identified as fixed samples.

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