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Re: Verbal imitations of everyday sounds

There is also an entertaining and instructive book by Fred Newman (a
professional sound effects artist), which is really a guide to how to make
such imitating sounds.  Not an academic research report, but certainly fun
to read and try it out.  It may have some useful general information for
your project.




Valeriy Shafiro
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Date: 05/09/2007 07:52AM
Subject: 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
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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