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Re: May you all...

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Thursday, February 7, 2002, 22:22
En réponse à Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>:

> Yes, I think the sound you're thinking of is "lint-". I believe JRRT > later > made it signify "sing, music" whence Lindar, Ainulindale and so on.
No, those come from the root LIND- (he he, I'm currently reading Ardalambion :)) ) which seems to have the general meaning "tune". It's a different root from LINT-, which means "swift, quick". Funny enough, the root LINT- dates back from Nevbosh, the very first language Tolkien develop (with other children, though out of modesty he always said he had been just helping design the form the words would take) when he was not even 10, where it meant "swift, quick, smart, clever". Tolkien had quite strong associations :)) . I am
> a > very strong adherent of sound symbolism for my conlangs (kin=small, > kinti=tiny, bel=white (for some reason, BvL, where B=labial and > L=liquid, > "look" off-white to me. That's the only way I can describe it.)
He he, French "blanc" nearly fits the paradigm :)) . Strangely enough, I don't feel I have any sound symbolism in my conlangs. The only conlangs that I have where you can find sounding alike words with alike meanings are Reman and Narbonósc, but that's due to the fact that both are Romance conlangs :)) . Each of my conlangs has a very definite sound, unlike all the others. I'll check my (small :(( ) lexicons, but I doubt finding any correspondances, more than simple chance would allow. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.


Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>