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Re: What do you think of the Sona language (Glosa vs Sona)?

shearzar ("shearzar" <ken.scherer@...>) on January 18, 2009

I’ve studied Sona a bit. It is a very good conlang. However, I still like= the Greek and Latin etymology of Glosa more than the a priori word base o= f Sona, Ceqli, and others. And I much more prefer Glosa over Esperanto and= its many Esperantidos.

Personally, I would prefer Glosa to be 100% Gree= k, but I understand that Greek borrows a lot from Latin. So I wouldn’t try= to be a Greek purest - a loosing battle. I might do away with using all = those dashes. But, then again, I don’t mind them either. Actually, the o= nly thing I think I would change are minor words that I think are embarras= ing, like using ‘pusi’ for the word ‘little’ - I would use the Greek world= ‘mikro’ for ‘little’. But, hey, I can use the word mikro for little if I = want to. So, that’s not a real issue for me either. :-)

All that said, t= he only thing that I would really change is how Glosa is marketed. The cu= rrent copyright owner of Glosa is doing a poor, poor, poor job of promotin= g it. I orderd the book ‘18 Steps to Fluency in Euro-Glosa’ and did’t rec= ieve it till over two months later. There is an Online version of it, but = a lot of material is left out, I suspect on purpose, so you have order the= book to really use the information. I’m positive that if all the Glosa l= earning material was provided freely Online, the owner(s) of it could cap= italize on selling other Glosa books and items, including flags, patches, = etc.

I don’t plan to learn Glosa to be part of some utopian-minded insi= gnificant group. I want to learn it to have fun and maybe share
some of m= y own short stories and eclectic views Online. If I had the money, skills,= and resources, I would promote Glosa like Klingon is promoted. Why not ma= ke up fictional/sci-fi worlds to promote Glosa?
Imagine how many more peo= ple would enjoy Klingon if it was as easy to learn as Glosa! I’m sure the= few people who can carry on live verbal communications in Glosa would not= mind Glosa being used like Klingon if it increased the number of Glosalis= ts.

Long Live Glosa!


— In, “ma= ster1077” <master1077@…> wrote:

Sona is a ConstructedLanguage created= by KennethSearight (1883- 1957). Sona is mainly an a priori language. Se= aright, a polyglot and amateur linguist, drew grammatical principles fro= m a number of sources: Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Pushtu (an Afghan langu= age), Persian, English, French, Russian, Italian, and Indo-European roots= .

Sona is an agglutinative language. It has a lexicon of 375 radicals =


ideograms (Searight’s term). Although Sona is written with Latin ch= aracters, Searight compared each radical to Chinese (or Japanese) ideogra= ms: indivisible elements of meaning.

Each radical is mono- or di-sylla= bic, in the form CV (ex: to), VCV (ato), or CVn (ton). Only a, i, and u a= re used before a consonant to make a radical, and no disyllabic radical i= s made with the consonants j, c, h, x, v, or f. An additional set of rad= icals, of the form V (i), Vn (on), and uV (uo), round out the lexicon. R= adicals are always written in lowercase, and punctuation is mostly avoide= d and unspecified, except for terminal period (“.”).

What do you th= ink of it? Have you ever heard of it before?

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