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Questions tagged [sound-symbolism]

音象徴語. Japanese sound symbolism, i.e. the representation of sounds, states, or mannerisms using words such as どきどき or きらきら.

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Does this Kanji: 全効答 (Zen kō Kotae) mean “total efficiency” or at least convey it symbolically?

I've been playing around with using Kanji as a quick way to convey a company's goals and/or ideals. As I understand it, Zen 全 means "whole/complete", Kō 効 means "efficiency/result" and Kotae 答え means "...
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What does the onomatopoeia ジワリと mean?

I tried going to my sound effect dictionary for this one but nothing came up, any help in figuring out what that bolded bit of the sentence means is much appreciated. ジワリと赤い血が滴り落ちる。
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How does atsui (あつい) sound like English 'hot'?

McWhorter, J. PhD Linguistics (Stanford). The Power of Babel (2003). p. 293 Bottom.   For example, the words in Thai for fire, die, and rim are faj, taaj, and rim, just by accident! Long lists ...
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What does something like 'ウオエエエエエ' express?

The context is that the character was in the middle of a long winded speech about something, then noticed their friends weren't paying attention, and got a super annoyed looked on their face, like ...
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Is the scream “gya” masculine and “kya” feminine?

I don't speak Japanese, but I notice in some manga (like Mr. Fullswing for example), male characters tend to scream "gya" or "guwa" while female characters tend to scream "kya". Is it true that "gya" ...
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What is the Japanese (onomatopoeic) sound that corduroy pants make?

Would this be the correct way to ask in Japanese? "コージュロイズボンは何の音をするのですか"
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'V' sound in Japanese [closed]

How do I get a V sound in Japanese? How do I write my name XAVIER Thank you in advance for your reply. Prasanna XD
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how to translate xfx and / or onomatopoeia of the one piece manga

Does anyone know how to translate or any method to understand the xfx and / or onomatopoeia of the one piece manga? If anyone knows please give me a hand.
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Desu pronounced dess: what about other words? [duplicate]

On a CD that came with my text book I hear that desu is pronounced dess. Are there many other words in Japanese, where done of the sound from the kana spelling actually falls off, like in this example,...
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Problem trying to adapt the sfx “グワラ” and “ドグワン”

recently I found the sfx "グワラ" and "ドグワラ" in a Hoshino Yukinobu's manga, Munakata Kyouju Denkikou: I look in sites like thejadednetwork.com but I couldn't find anything relevant to help me adapt this ...
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Why is there no rendaku occurring in the word ふかふか?

Why isn't the second ふか changed to ぶか in ふかふか; thus, becoming ふかぶか? I would expect to see ふかぶか instead of ふかふか for the same reason that ひとびと is ひとびと, not ひとひと. There is no voicing; thus, Lyman's Law ...
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What sound symbolism related to masturbation exist ?

Ideophones are words that stand for instance for physical sensation,psychological states or even abstract ideas. For instance: niko niko smile patan the sensation of slamming a door honobono ...
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Are true sound words created

Do Anime and other casual writers try to make true sound words or just words similar to the emphatic words already existing in Japanese?- true some of those are fairly close to the real sounds but a ...
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Why are there so many sound symbolic words?

Wikipedia states that "sound symbolic words occur more often in Japanese than in English..." Indeed, Amazon.jp has a 4500-word dictionary just for these words. Is there any research or solid ...
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Is “あらら” (arara) a word or just a “vocal noise”?

A friend just wrote this as a comment on a photo of mine on Facebook. Is it an actual word or is it what I call a "vocal noise"? By "vocal noise" I mean those things which convey some meaning but ...