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

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Monday, November 23, 1998, 6:07
Kristian Jensen wrote:
> > Interestingly, all the Lumanesian words that have something to do > with water start with a lateral fricative. That sound has a wet and > slippery sound to my ears. Perhaps it has got something to do with > the fact that many such words in English that have that wet and > slippery feel to it start with the 'sl' cluster;
Perhaps. I have simmilar associations, s's and r's (and, to a lesser extent, l's and y's) sound somehow "fluid" to me. Something like /siras/ would sound quite watery to me. However, I didn't use that association in W. "Water" is Nni^pa (or wani^pa - I'm considering a change in the gender system). -- "It has occured to me more than once that holy boredom is good and sufficient reason for the invention of free will." - "Lord Leto II" (Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert) ICQ #: 18656696 AOL screen-name: NikTailor