Welcome to the Sona Language word and phrase online database!
Sona is a worldlang created by Kenneth Searight and described in a book he published in 1935. Sona; an auxiliary neutral language (London, K. Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1935, LCCN: 35016722).
The word Sona in the language itself means "auxiliary neutral thing", but the name was also chosen to echo "sonority" or "sound". Searight created Sona as a response to the Eurocentricity of other artificial auxiliary languages of his time, such as Esperanto and Ido. At the same time, Searight intended his language to be more practical than most a priori languages like Solresol or Ro, which were intended to be unbiased by any particular group of natural languages. Thus, Sona sacrificed familiarity of grammar and lexicon for some measure of "universality", while at the same time preserving basic notions common to grammars around the world such as compounding as a method of word formation. Searight used inspiration from many diverse languages, including English, Arabic, Turkish, Chinese and Japanese, to create his eclectic yet regular and logical language.
Sona is an agglutinative language with a strong tendency towards being an isolating language. The language has 375 radicals or root wordsóbased on the terms in Roget's original thesaurus.
This site contains all the original root words, as well as many other provided by the Sona language community. Feel free to add new entries to this dictionary.
There is also a translation tool which enables you to translate words and phrases between Sona and English. It is powered by the dictionary, so add words thereto accordingly.