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Re: Interjections

From:Muke Tever <hotblack@...>
Date:Sunday, January 9, 2005, 15:43
Pascal A. Kramm <pkramm@...> wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Jan 2005 22:14:04 -0000, caeruleancentaur > <caeruleancentaur@...> wrote: > >> I was working on my Senyecan vocabulary today (my favorite part of >> conlanging) and I came upon some of the interjections. I wondered >> who else might have some interjections in their conlang. I'm >> wondering if different emotions call forth similar phonemes, e.g., is >> pain always "ow"? > > Certainly not. e.g. Japanese uses "itai" (a and i pronounced separately)
It should be noted [I'm not sure if it has already] that "itai", though usually used where in English would have "ow!", is not an interjection as a part of speech, but the ordinary word for "painful" or "it hurts". It inflects like an adjectival verb: |itakatta| "it hurt/was painful", |itaku nai| "it doesn't/won't hurt", etc. *Muke! -- website: LiveJournal: deviantArt: FrathWiki, a conlang and conculture wiki: