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I wonder if anyone has made a system that scores words based on the physiological effort or some kind of "comfort".

Like, the word "mom" feels like a very relaxed word to perform (is this why "mother" is so phonetically similar across languages?).

"crisp", on the otherhand, does a full sweep of the mouth. feels like it uses a lot more muscles, takes more effort.

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@neauoire Oh yeah! Forgot about that one.
That page is a great spring board for other pages. I just found this which looks pretty neat: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_sy

"linguistic iconicity" is going to stick to my ribs for a while.

@paul I think mother is similar because "ma" is one of the first sounds babies make during their babbling phase.

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