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phonaesthetics Line breaks: phon|aes¦thet¦ics
Pronunciation: /ˌfəʊnəsˈθɛtɪks/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(US also phonesthetics)

Definition of phonaesthetics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The study of the aesthetic properties of speech sound, in particular the study of sound sequences, as in phonaesthesia.
Example sentences
  • A few studies of phonaesthetics are well-known for the cleverness of their design and the nebulosity of their results.
  • They tend to come under an area of linguistics called phonaesthetics which deals with sounds and our preferences for them.


Example sentences
  • Children's writers make use of onomatopoeic and phonaesthetic words to good effect.
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