Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Interjections vs onomatopoeia

Most interjections are not onomatopoeia. An interjection is a word that expresses emotion or exclamation, such as wow!, eek!, and d'oh!. It usually is not part of a sentence. Onomatopoeia is a word or phrase that imitates the sound of a thing or action, such as splash!, badaboom, and whoosh. It can express emotion, but the imitation of sound is more prominent. In the sentence 'Hey, get off my lawn!', the interjection Hey does not imitate the sound of anything other than itself, the person saying 'hey', and in this case it is an exclamation, but maybe it also expresses some emotion (anger). In the sentence 'Achoo! I think I caught a cold', the onomatopoeia Achoo primarily serves to imitates the sound of sneezing.

Find more info here and here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What is a pobblebonk, and why is it called that?

Limnodynastes dumerilii is a frog species native to Australia. They call it pobblebonk because it has a distinctive call that sounds a bit like a banjo being plucked. That is why they also sometimes call it Banjo frog! Perhaps that is why pictures and statues of frogs with banjos are fairly common. This word I got from an interview I heard with Dr Roly Sussex from the University of Queensland

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween onomatopoeia

Hear the monsters crawling around the house at night ... SKRRREEEEK Clang! What was that??!!
The sound of terror ... :
tch, tch, tch  ,  groan ,  moan ,  screech ,  yowl ,  aroo ,  clang , growl , hoo hoo , roar , scream , screech , shriek , snarl , squelch , creak , jangle , shashing , thung , lash , hiss , skrrreeek , mwahaha / mwahaha / muahaha , hehehe! , gnash , gnaw , shuffle shuffle shuffle  , kirik

HALLOWEEN FRIGHT-NIGHT (onomatopoeia), a poem by Jacinta Ramayah, Malaysia from VoicesNet.com

HALLOWEEN FRIGHT-NIGHT (onomatopoeia), a poem by Jacinta Ramayah, Malaysia from VoicesNet.com:

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

So what DOES the fox say?

The song "The fox" about the sounds that animals make is taking the internet by storm. The chorus goes: "What does the fox say?". Interesting question! Two articles, one in Wired.com and the other on Popular Science answer the question.

According to Wired one of the suggestions made in the song, namely  "“Chacha-chacha-chacha-chow”  comes pretty close.

Popular Science says the fox most often does a series of barks like "ow-wow-wow-wow", but very high-pitched. There is also gekkering a guttural chattering with occasional yelps and howls, like an "ack-ack-ack-ackawoooo-ack-ack-ack". This sound is made when they communicate with foxes in closer proximity.

And here is the music video:


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Click! Onomatopoeia For Your Eyes | Symbiartic, Scientific American Blog Network

Click! Onomatopoeia For Your Eyes | Symbiartic, Scientific American Blog Network: Ji Lee’s book, "Word As Image" is a collection of 90 altered words, examples of visual onomatopoeia. He has also just come out with an animated version of the same book.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

12 onomatopoeias from around the world - The Week

GHRUTU GHRUTU  may not mean much to you but in the Georgian language it is totally the sound of a grunting pig. Makes sense? Of course it does! Check out this list of other interesting sounds from languages around the world:  
12 onomatopoeias from around the world - The Week:

Monday, April 1, 2013

How to write characters with accents

If you need to write a character with an accent, here is some useful advice from writer Rose Lerner, and over here more specifically about the Southern American accent.