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Re: Morphems

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 26, 2001, 7:52
En réponse à Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>:

> I wonder, do other langs with "comics" traditions > such as French or Japanese have similar amounts > of sounds with graphic represntations? >
French does, indeed. As for Japanese, it has hundreds of ideophones!!! Moreover, those ideophones, not only denoting sound (or lack of sound) in manga, are used in everyday life instead of more usual words. They can be used as nouns, verbs (with -suru meaning "to do, to make") and even adverbs. Some are really funny, like pekopeko, which is the sound of an empty can when you smash it, and can mean "fragile" or "really hungry, starving". A language where ideophones can be used as lexical items... I wish I had this idea for a conlang :) . Christophe.