|Date:||Monday, June 25, 2001, 19:38|
thanks for your answer i feel abit enlightened now.
1.some interjections got a clear meaning like "wow!" (=wonder), "yay" (=joy).
2.some got a more unclear meaning, like "ntch!" or "ts ts ts", but may express a certain feeling.
3.some got no meaning just imitate a sound, like "meow!","plop" called onomopoeia.
is "ideophones" catch-all-term for these ?
the words described in point 2 are the most interesting.
JC> claudio scripsit:
>> the helazoids ( my con-society )
>> improvise funwords without common meaning, intended to express feelings,
>> words which "sound" like the actual mood of the speaker e.g. funny, angry,
>> pleasent, etc. no matter if they imitate a sound or not.
>> so this is not the same as pure onomatopoeia's.
>> and it isnt nonsense, it got its sense. it just got no common meaning.
>> how would you call something like this ?
JC> "Ideophones". Tamil, among natural languages, is especially rich in these,
JC> to the point of having a special dictionary containing nothing but.
JC> They are also very common in African languages.
JC> Here's an excerpt from an old post of mine, which somehow got mixed
JC> up in the Lojban archives:
>>Modern Standard Tamil has a vast variety of these words,
>>and uses the frame "saying X" to introduce them:
>>1) kaacu n.ang eNRu kiiz.ee vizuntatu
>> coin *clang* saying down fell
>> The coin fell down with a clang.
>>is a fairly literal usage (note the SOV order). The word
>>"n.ang" is interesting for being phonologically bizarre:
>>Tamil words do not ordinarily begin with a retroflex nasal,
>>nor end with a velar nasal. A less literal use is exhibited by:
>>2) avaN maNacu kuRukuRu eNRu mayankiNatu
>> mind his *throbbing-pulsing* saying was-confused
>> His mind was confused by guilt.
>>where the term "kuRukuRu", literally denoting a throbbing-
>>pulse sound, is transferred to mean "guilt". There is a large
>>dictionary of Tamil containing only ideophones.
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JC> --Douglas Hofstadter
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