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Re: Verbal imitations of everyday sounds


I did a study awhile back in which I asked subjects to verbally imitate the sounds of 20 events, and afterwords provide written descriptions of the sounds they had produced.
The objective was to try to get some information about their mental representation of these sounds. Certain sounds were consistently represented in the verbal imitations and written descriptions (doorbell, telephone, ducks). Others weren't (water drip, helicoptor, footstep).

I'll scan the report to a pdf and send it to you, as it was never published.
I still have the recordings, but shouldn't release them, but the report has a description of the dominant imitation in phonetic notation (as best we could do).
I also only found the Lass work.

Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 11:26:14 +0200 From: Guillaume Lemaitre <Guillaume.Lemaitre@xxxxxxxx> Subject: Verbal imitations of everyday sounds

Dear list,
We are currently starting a new project aiming at studying how people
verbally imitate everyday sounds, when they have to communicate to
another person what they have heard (onomatopoeia, or non-standardized
verbal imitations).
I must say that we have found very few literature on this topic, safe
from the work of Lass et al. in the early 80's. So I would greatly
appreciate if someone could provide me with with some references on such
verbal imitations (phonological, acoustical, linguistic, cognitive
studies) ?
Thank you very much indeed !
Best regards
Guillaume Lemaitre

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