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  1. What are these called in English?
  2. Are they same thing as "Gosh" or "Gee"?
  3. Maybe sounds of emotional changes?
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These are called interjections.

In grammar, an interjection or exclamation is a lexical category used to express an isolated emotion or sentiment on the part of the speaker [...]. Filled pauses such as uh, er, um, are also considered interjections. Interjections are typically placed at the beginning of a sentence.

Gosh and gee are interjections, too.

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+1 - Just for the record, they are also called Discourse Fillers (or maybe just Fillers I'm not sure now, but anyway, note that they are different from the Discourse Markers). –  Alenanno May 7 '11 at 17:51

"Grrrr" and "argh" are onomatopea, at least accoridng to wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onomatopoeia (notice the extra i)

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Er ... no, they're not. They are neither onomatopoeic, nor mentioned in that WP article. –  Colin Fine May 7 '11 at 22:47

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