> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of R A Brown

> Rick Harrison wrote:
> > On Tue, 17 Jun 2008 22:45:40 -0400, [log in to unmask]
> > 
> >>> phonosemantics sounds interesting. does this mean that you
> >>> a phonosemantical system on your own from scratch or are
> >>> any sources from other languages that you refer to?
> > 
> >> What I'm attempting is something based on known universals.
> >> Unfortunately I haven't
> > found much on the subject
> A guy called Joseph Scarisbrick attempted this in his auxlang
> Lips-Kith, which he published in 1912. His vocabulary is
composed of 
> what of what he considered to be "universal" root words. He
divided his 
> vocabularies up into what he called 'Mimetic Roots' and 
> 'Structural Roots'.

I see no mention as to whether he researched any universals or
not, but what he has is interestingly in line with other
articles I've read.

> > Ken Frisco, who wrote the article on onomatopoeia for
> > Languages magazine, has lent me his copy of _The
> > System of Japanese_ by Shoko Hamano. I highly recommend this
book to
> > anyone seeking info on phonosemantics in languages other
> > English. It's fascinating. I don't have time to prepare a
> > summary but for example the author claims that
> > 
> > /t/ (as the second consonant in a CVCV mimetic adverb)
appears in
> > contexts where hitting is involved... variations such as
'coming into
> > close contact' and 'complete agreement'
> > 
> > /r/ indicates rolling...
> [etc. snipped]
> Scarisbrick's 'Mimetic Roots' are just such phonosemantic
roots. I have 
> the full list of the roots, but haven't done any analysis of
> According to Ivan A. Derzhanski:
> {quote}
> [These roots] "are those which appeal to the intellect": the 
> meaning of 
> the whole is somehow composed of the conventional meanings of
> individual sounds. They may contain only what Scarisbrick
> to be the oldest speech sounds. This includes nine 
> "primitive" consonants:
> "s" action, stir
> "k" close union, coalition
> "p" pointing, projection
> "t" touching, without union
> "m" mouth
> "n" nose
> "r" undulations
> "l" gliding, sliding by
> "w" deflexion, twisting

My system has a voiced-unvoiced distinction, using a fairly
generic phonology.

j	division (separation), within out of
h	heat, breath
g	great change
k	change, sharp, union
dZ	great, great change, steep
tS	ability
r	liquid (water), flowing liquid (river), movement, action
l	surface, flat (even, smooth, etc.), level
z	energy, life, existence
s	one, sea, crystal grain, sun
d	divide, split, two
t	that
n	absence
w	movements, waters, locations, origins
f	remote, pejorative
b	round, curve, bump, opening, child
p	pole, shaft, stalk, rod
m	origin, source, produce