Epitaph for Moonlight

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Dec 6, 2020 at 12:00 AM PST

"All modern languages have colourful words to describe sound qualities. Numerous exercises could be devised to explore language onomatopoeia, starting by simply making lists of words in your own language that illustrate in sound the notion or object they are describing (gurgle, splash, bubble, smack, pop, etc.). But an exercise I prefer is to invent words in your own private language with onomatopoeic qualities. Try inventing some to illustrate the following:


bell

sneeze

a bomb exploding

a cat purring

moonlight


Here, for example are some onomatopoeic inventions for 'moonlight' given to me by 11-year-olds..." - R. Murray Schafer