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What is onomatopoeia?



Onomatopoeia is the use of a word that denotes a

  • sound suggested by the phonetic quality of the word, or
  • thing that produces such a sound.
Examples (English)
  • gong
  • crackle
  • twitter

Corbett 1971 491

  Onomatopoeia is a kind of

Corbett 1971 490–491


Mish 1991 825

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