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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Did I create a good name for my character?

My first contact with Japanese names or their meanings was around 2021. Since then, I haven't stopped researching Japanese names. I want to create a meaningful Japanese name for my (fictional) story: ...
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What is the Japanese onomatopoeia for radio static?

Something like "Bzzz". I'm thinking it's either ブーン or ザーザー, but I can't find any source to really confirm it. Thanks.
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What does ガスッ mean?

What does the onomatopoeia that appears in red in the image mean? I'm not really sure if it says ガヌッ or ガスッ ,since I'm not good at identifying characters, so I'll leave the image (also to give ...
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How does じろじろ suggest staring?

What is the origin of the mimetic term じろじろ? As in じろじろ見ないでください。 How does jirojiro mimic or suggest someone staring? This answer mentions how anime characters will literally say this, but does not ...
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What is the Japanese Onomatopoeia for the sound a chainsaw makes?

From what I can tell, chainsaws make a sound like buzzing or rustling, etc. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find Japanese onomatopoeia from that sound. I wanted to look specifically for the ...
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Trying to translate an SFX but the characters look confusing

I'm really bad at reading the characters when they're written in a different way, these three ones are the ones I think are in the highlight but I would like to be sure. m(_ _)m Someone kind enough to ...
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What is this character in this SFX?

I know the first one but the second one... I've tried to hand write it and I've thought about other characters like ク, フ and レ, researched if there's any known SFX with these combinations but nothing (...
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Is this an error...?

I came across the following in a book I'm reading but have ever seen that kind of grammar before, and Google isn't bringing anything up at all: 固くしてみあ I'm beginning to think it's a print error. If ...
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Do the Japanese speak with On and Kun in daily conversation?

I am trying to wrap my head around how the Japanese speak and how that differs from kanji. On and Kun makes a difference when reading kanji, depending usually how the sentence is made up of kanas and ...
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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 ...
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