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Paralinguistic grunts

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Thursday, February 8, 2001, 2:36
Dan Sulani scripsit:

> But since you mention "non-language noises", it is well known > that cries of pain, what it seems only common sense to think of as > non-linguistic or pre-linguistic "noises", are actually language specific > and pretty basic. American English speakers say "ouch" > or "ow" (= /au/, not /ou/). People who speak other langs might say, > under similar conditions, /ai/, /oi/, or some other sound.
Which is why Lojban has lots of short, vowel-rich words for expressing emotions, such as /ji/ for fear ("Eek!"), /wE/ for surprise ("Huh??"), and of course /oj/ for pain/complaint (etymology obvious). -- John Cowan One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore --Douglas Hofstadter