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Sona

an auxiliary neutral language

by Kenneth Searight

LONDON, 1935

Web Version
editor: Richard K. Harrison
typists: Andrey Rogachov, Shane Sniffen,
James Webster, R.K. Harrison, & Mr. Smith

CYBERSPACE, 2002

 

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Preface (by C.K. Ogden)
List of Symbols and Abbreviations
I. INTRODUCTORY

Chapter 2
II. THE COMPOSITION OF SONA
§1. orthographic
§2. the radical scheme
§3. the radicals
§4. prefix and suffix
§5. radicals and words
§6. grammatical principles
§7. suggested method of teaching

Chapter 3
III. THE ALPHABET
§8. the letters
§9. elision
§10. foreign sounds
§11. stress
§12. punctuation

Chapter 4
IV. THE NOUN
§13. article
§14. persons (gender)
§15. neuter nouns
§16. abstract nouns
§17. degree
§18. number
§19. numerals
§20. time
§21. compound noun
§22. adjectives
§23. pronouns

Chapter 5
V. THE PARTICLE
§24. demonstratives
§25. interrogative
§26. negative
§27. interjection
§28. emphasis
§29. direction
§30. prepositions
§31. case
§32. adverbs

Chapter 6
VI. VERB
§33. the verbal system
§34. paradigm of a verb
§35. defective verbs
§36. other verb forms

Chapter 7
VII. SYNTAX

Chapter 8
VIII. TABLE OF RADICALS

Chapter 9
IX. THE BASIC ENGLISH
  WORDS IN SONA

Appendix A
the 36 Indicators

Appendix B
Comparative Table

Appendix C
List of Function-Words

 

 

editor's notes:

  To avoid eye-strain and to increase reading comprehension, print this document on paper and read it under natural light while sitting in a comfortable chair. The resolution of computer screens and the on-screen rendering of text are grossly inferior to what can be achieved with even a cheap 300 dpi printer.
 

  In the 1935 edition, all Sona words are in italics. It is the editor's opinion that the use of boldface non-italicized text is more appropriate for this web edition as it makes the Sona words easier to find both on the screen and in hardcopy derived from this web document. If your browser interprets our stylesheet correctly, you will see the Sona words in bold non-italic type. If you turn off stylesheet interpretation or override our stylesheet with regard to italics, you can see the Sona words in their original italicized form.