Aidan Grey wrote: > Has anyone ever created a word, or modified it, > because of what it should sound like > onomatopoietically? An example from Aelya: > > Q. quoro- 'choke' should become por, according to > the rules, but instead became chor, because the velar > ch /x/ sounds more like a choking sound. I haven't thought much about historical change, but Tokana does have a largish number of onomatopoetic words. Some of my favourites: hektuta hiccough houn owl ksiama sneeze psyta spit out tatasot babble, nonsense (lit. "ta-ta words") Matt.