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Re: Sounds like...

From:Joshua Shinavier <jshinavi@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 18, 1998, 11:35
> Like other people, I guess, I think that the words I choose in some way > "sound like" their meaning. Probably this is nonsense, but here's a > small test...
I don't think it's nonsense at all -- it IS nonsense to think that the words you choose are going to seem to "fit their meanings" for everyone, or even most people who come upon your language for the first time. However, within a certain aesthetic naming "system" it's entirely possible to name words in such a way that they indicate their meanings, on the basis of that system -- from exactly one particular viewpoint every word in the language can fit its meaning quite well, in the most evident manner, even. The system breaks down for really fundamental words, though -- the names I give "basic" concepts are pretty arbitrary; I just try to make sure to give the best-sounding words to the most common concepts, so they are used more often.
> > These are all colour words. > > clasant sayl sint lath yev > sharf plenin murud celif sharday > > Here are the meanings (mixed up). Which goes with which? > > yellow black green blue-green purple > white brown pink red blue
Here's an interpretation based on MY particular habits: clasant: blue-green sharf: red sayl: blue plenin: yellow sint: white murud: brown lath: black celif: green yev: purple sharday: pink Josh Shinavier