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Re: restricted semantics language

Date:Monday, June 23, 2008, 3:21
> [] On Behalf Of R A Brown
> Rick Harrison wrote: > > On Tue, 17 Jun 2008 22:45:40 -0400, li_sasxsek@NUTTER.NET
> > > >>> phonosemantics sounds interesting. does this mean that you
> >>> a phonosemantical system on your own from scratch or are
> >>> any sources from other languages that you refer to? > > > >> What I'm attempting is something based on known universals. > >> Unfortunately I haven't > > found much on the subject > > A guy called Joseph Scarisbrick attempted this in his auxlang
> Lips-Kith, which he published in 1912. His vocabulary is
composed of
> what of what he considered to be "universal" root words. He
divided his
> vocabularies up into what he called 'Mimetic Roots' and > 'Structural Roots'.
I see no mention as to whether he researched any universals or not, but what he has is interestingly in line with other articles I've read.
> > Ken Frisco, who wrote the article on onomatopoeia for
> > Languages magazine, has lent me his copy of _The
> > System of Japanese_ by Shoko Hamano. I highly recommend this
book to
> > anyone seeking info on phonosemantics in languages other
> > English. It's fascinating. I don't have time to prepare a
> > summary but for example the author claims that > > > > /t/ (as the second consonant in a CVCV mimetic adverb)
appears in
> > contexts where hitting is involved... variations such as
'coming into
> > close contact' and 'complete agreement' > > > > /r/ indicates rolling... > [etc. snipped] > > Scarisbrick's 'Mimetic Roots' are just such phonosemantic
roots. I have
> the full list of the roots, but haven't done any analysis of
> According to Ivan A. Derzhanski: > {quote} > [These roots] "are those which appeal to the intellect": the > meaning of > the whole is somehow composed of the conventional meanings of
> individual sounds. They may contain only what Scarisbrick
> to be the oldest speech sounds. This includes nine > "primitive" consonants: > > "s" action, stir > "k" close union, coalition > "p" pointing, projection > "t" touching, without union > "m" mouth > "n" nose > "r" undulations > "l" gliding, sliding by > "w" deflexion, twisting
My system has a voiced-unvoiced distinction, using a fairly generic phonology. j division (separation), within out of h heat, breath g great change k change, sharp, union dZ great, great change, steep tS ability r liquid (water), flowing liquid (river), movement, action l surface, flat (even, smooth, etc.), level z energy, life, existence s one, sea, crystal grain, sun d divide, split, two t that n absence w movements, waters, locations, origins f remote, pejorative b round, curve, bump, opening, child p pole, shaft, stalk, rod m origin, source, produce


R A Brown <ray@...>