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Dan Sulani scripsit:

>     But since you mention "non-language noises", it is well known
> that cries of pain, what it seems only common sense to think of as
> non-linguistic or pre-linguistic "noises", are actually language specific
> and pretty basic. American English speakers say "ouch"
> or "ow" (= /au/, not /ou/). People who speak other langs might say,
> under similar conditions, /ai/, /oi/, or some other sound.

Which is why Lojban has lots of short, vowel-rich words for expressing
emotions, such as /ji/ for fear ("Eek!"), /wE/ for surprise ("Huh??"),
and of course /oj/ for pain/complaint (etymology obvious).


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John Cowan                                   [log in to unmask]
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