Re: Worthwhile Engelang Goal
|From:||Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, June 7, 2005, 17:17|
David Peterson wrote:
> By the way, I've looked over everyone's posts regarding sound
> symbolism with interest. Keep them coming!
>Kash has a certain amount. I haven't replied earlier because some seemed a
little obvious, plus I forgot about some others :-(
/-i/ (sometimes with preceding /t, k/ > /tS/) often connotes
smallness/affection (what else is new dept.)
/kr-/, when it's from the pejorative prefix, connotes-- yes-- bad/unpleasant
/-p/ often occurs on words referring to dumb, ridiculous or yucky things.
a series of words based on roots /-y-N/ or /-y-p/ denoting different kinds
of chatter/gossip/whining/wheedling etc. and...
a series of words /ñ-m/ñ-N/ with a/u denoting various
quite a few onomatopoetic or "imitative" /CVC/ forms for various sounds
(bells/gongs/drums, hammering, thunder/lightning etc.) and accidental
actions (bouncing, falling, slipping etc., many end in -p) which can also be
redup. or prefixed to form the appropriate verb. (if you search the
dictionary for _onomat._ and _imit._ they'll turn up)