Entry from British & World English dictionary
(US also phonesthetics)
plural noun[treated as singular]
The study of the aesthetic properties of speech sound, in particular the study of sound sequences, as in phonaesthesia.
- 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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