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Re: water (was:re:sounds like...)

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Monday, November 23, 1998, 1:18
On Sun, 22 Nov 1998, Mia/Rob Soderquist wrote:

> Herman Miller wrote: > > Actually, I think "aqua" is a pretty good word for "water". Better than > > many of my own words for "water" (Olaetyan "itrya", Alzetjan "djelna", > > Cispa "tipsic", Jarrda "pean", etc.) > > I like "aqua" for "water" too, though I was thinking about it, and > different kinds of water seem to bring up different impressions to me... > Not necessarily based on the sound they make (a running brook as opposed > to the ocean or a faucet, for example), but rather based on the feeling > the image brings forth... I nominate "feeling-sound" to receive a > word... That *needs* to be a word, meaning the sounds that one > associates with particular feelings, senses, or emotions. > > Water in ea-luna was "raru", IIRC without looking, and rain was > "lala"...but those words were randomly assigned meanings. > > Hmmm... What *is* the sound of an emotion? > Mia >
Teonaht has "memwa" for water--probably to indicate its solid yet liquid quality: it has a membrane that holds it down, it trembles, it's translucent, it reminds me of memory... I don't know. It's all so completely subjective, this private language business. Sally ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Sally Caves Li fetil'aiba, dam hoja-le uen. volwin ly, vul inua aiba bronib. This leaf, the wind takes her. She's old, and born this year. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++