|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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