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Questions tagged [sounds]

for questions asking to describe a sound

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Word (adjective) to describe a harsh sound

Context: My brother just played a video with loud screeching noises in the background about 5 feet from me as I was reading a pleasant book. I turned to chastise him, exclaiming, "John! Turn that ...
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The inconsistent long i sound in English [duplicate]

As a phonics teacher, I have long had a problem with finding the right explanation to my students about an inconsistent sound. Hope someone has the explanation to it here. The long i sound in ...
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Word for the sound of keyboard typing

Is there any word or phrase denoting the sound of typing on the keyboard? I made my research, through which I found two words from Quora — a Q&A site; those two words are: "clicking" and "tac tac....
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A word denoting the sound of turning pages

The two words (adjectives) I found in Yahoo Answers site, that perhaps (I am not sure) describe the sound of turning pages, when they rifled by the wind: fluttering and flapping. Other than those ...
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Word for the sound produced while walking down the stairs

Here, I want the word pertaining to the sound of human footsteps while walking down the stairs. The word I am looking for, can be contrasted with the word of the sound of footsteps of army marching. I ...
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A name for the sound of liquid discharging from a bottle into a glass

Today, I googled, and could find the terms, like dip and plop. Is there any word when we pour water into the glass, and we hear the sound produced within a bottle? As I poured myself a drink, I ...
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why does a word like 'one' starts with O but sound is of 'wa' or va [duplicate]

why does a word like 'one' starts with O but sound is of 'wa' or 'va' because one, why and what start with the same sound but One starts with O and other two start with W. Please explain as it is ...
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Verb for when cats meow other than meow itself

If a dog barks "woof" (or some other variation) a frog croaks "ribbit" is there a verb for when cats "meow" other than "meow" itself? I am specifically looking for a word that is usually only ...
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What happens phonetically in “words that”?

Could you explain to me what happens from the linguist’s point of view when the sounds meet in the speech?
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What is the type of sound-based language conversion called?

Background I have been using the type of conversion for my Korean students when trying to get them to pronounce English words slightly more accurately. I don't transcribe the meaning of the words. I ...
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If a .midi is a sequence(d audio), what is a .wav or .mp3?

If a .midi is sequence(d audio), what is a .wav or .mp3? Streamed audio? Wave audio? Edit: I know what the difference is/what they are, I'm asking about the terminology.
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General verb for animal making sound

English language has different verbs for different species of animals making sound, many are onomatopoeias. But is there a general verb that can be applied to an unnamed animal? e.g., can I say "I ...
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What's the word for the sound people make when they have their mouth covered? [closed]

What's the word for the unintelligible sound people make when they have their mouth covered? For example someone who is being held as a hostage with a cloth gagged(?) around their mouth, and they're ...
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What's the word to describe the sound of a pebble (or pebbles) falling on a rock surface? Clack, tap, clank…? Thanks! [closed]

What's the word that could best describe the sound of a pebble (or pebbles) falling on a rock surface? Clack, tap, clank...? Thanks!
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Do waves clash or collide, or both? [closed]

Are hard waves crashing on rocks? Do waves collide in the ocean?
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Word for sound made by tongue and teeth

I'm looking for a word that describes the sound made when a person rubs their tongue on the side of their inner teeth. It's like a wet noise and it's supposed to denote a positive gesture rather than ...
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Confusing 'r' sounds

In their kids song "Crazy ABCs", the Barenaked Ladies sing about words that start with confusing sounds: A is for aisle B is for bdellium C is for czar However, when the song gets to "r":...
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How to describe this metallic sound?

Link to the sound in question Another example of the sound I'm trying to write a sword fight scene where a swordsman is able to predict his opponent's next swing. And every time he does, he hears ...
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Why does the dictionary give the pronunciation of the word “of” as '\əv' with a 'v' sound when in some cases it's pronounced with 'f' sound?

"of" seems to be pronounced with the f sound asˈäf in phrases like "of course". But 'of' is pronounced as \əv in a lot of other cases. Yet, Merriam Websters gives the one with 'v' sound as the only ...
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Filler sounds in English

I live in Australia, and I went back to Jordan for a holiday. I went to a barber's shop and as usual in there was a conversation between me and the barber. All of a sudden he told me you don't live ...
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What's the name of this sound/collection of sounds?

What is it called when one expresses "Yes", "No", or "I Don't Know" without using words - just humming their response? You know, when someone responds with a low note than a high note for Yes or "Ah-...
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By what do you identify words in sound? [closed]

In order to identify words with sound, I think we use certain aspects of the sound, not all aspect of sound. For example, I think that we can identify words if timbres (units of timbres) and pitch ...
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Is Canadian English easier for a Brazilian native to understand?

Since Brazilian Portuguese is much more “Syllable timing” than “Stress timing” could Canadian English sounds be easier to a Brazilian native to understand?
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Do you hear words as sequences of smaller components?

This is the question of how to hear language sound. I think most of Japanese people hear Japanese words as a sequence of sound units which are the most fundamental. And, I guessed that this was true ...
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How do I describe the booting sound of some electronic devices?

I'm working on a scientific novel where I need to describe the futuristic drones are initiating and booting. How do I describe that kind of sound? The sound that is similar to the sound when an auto-...
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How do you pronounce words with the letter d?

I'm foreign and this causes me a lot of trouble. Sometimes the 'd' is pronounced normally [d], for example - done, but sometimes it's pronounced as [dʒ], for example - dream. How should I pronounce ...
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Do you usually divide words into elements?

English sounds sound complex for me as a non-native speaker, because of vowel reduction. English vowels in words can take a wide range of form in natural speech due to vowel reduction and whether you ...
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When was the velarized allophone of /l/ (IPA [ɫ]) formed in English?

English, Portuguese, Dutch, and Russian all have velarized [ɫ] at the syllable coda. When did this start happening in English?
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Pronunciation and transcription of the vowel in “fear”, “dear”, “near” etc

I wonder, words like fear, dear, near and so on have long e in pronunciation, and it should be transcribed as /i:/, but I've found it transcribed as short /ɪ/. Why is that?
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Does English have 8,000 sounds?

I remember hearing a few years ago that English had 8,000 different sounds, and it's something that has stuck with me this entire time. I've started to question this knowledge, since googling various ...
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Connected speech in a tongue twister

A friend of mine just forwarded me a tongue twister. And I got curious about a possible relation with connected speech The pheasant plucker’s daughter sits plucking pheasants pleasantly Such a ...
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How are words that describe a certain sound called? [duplicate]

They're different in different languages, but I'm looking for the name of the category of those words. For example, a sound of dog's barking: "woof-woof". But in Russian it's "ghav-ghav"; A sound of ...
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Word for “tongue clapping”

So there's this sound that sounds like "click" that you make if you move your tongue high up, bend it backward and then fastly hit floor of the mouth with it. I'm not even sure how it's called in my ...
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What does Donald Trump mean by “bigly”?

The Presidential candidate seems to have resurrected the adverb bigly, the most recent example of which that the OED is able to quote being from 1927. I am, though just wondering in which sense he ...
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since you = sinchu correct? [closed]

I have listened to a song 'since you been gone'. The singer pronounces 'since you been gone' as 'sinchu been gone'. At least I have heard that. Am I correct? Here that part https://youtu.be/...
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onomatopoeia for taking a deep breath before speaking

I'm writing a comic, and a character is about to ask another character for help, but it's taken her a lot of effort to be able to ask for help. So, before she finally asks she takes a deep breath and ...
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Word for the noise made by a knife

Bark is the abrupt, harsh, explosive cry of a dog. Clatter is the sound made by two or more hard objects hitting each other. Splash is the sound of something falling into a liquid, normally water. ...
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Naming Duos: Why “Hall and Oates” over “Oates and Hall”?

When listing a pair of names (like Laverne and Shirley) or a duo of terms connected by "and" (such as "peanut butter and jelly"), is there a reason why one word order would sound better than the ...
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The ordering of word pairs: anyone for chips and fish?

When we list pairs of words, certain orders seem much more common and natural than others. A few examples: Fish and chips instead of chips and fish Ladies and gentlemen instead of gentlemen and ...
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When did animal sounds get codified?

Every kindergartner knows that a sheep says baa, a cow says moo, a cat says meow and a goat says maa. But this is just in English. In other languages, they say other things. When did animal sounds ...
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Examples of lenition and fortition usage

The latest XKCD comic is titled Intervocalic Fortition. The latest Explain XKCD says: The linguistic processes of lenition ("weakening") and fortition ("strengthening") refer to a sound becoming, ...
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Word referring to all letters with the long ē sound [closed]

I read something a while back that defined all letters pronounced- and phonetically ending-with a long /ē/, i.e.: Bee Cee Dee Ee Gee Pee Tee Vee Zee I can no longer find the aforementioned reference;...
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Should I use speech marks for sounds?

If I were to describe a sudden sound, in this example: Boom! Were I to put it in speech marks: "Boom!" Just like in a dialogue, or to do something else, in that case what?
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Word for the noise made by a helicopter?

I once read about a nice word that describes the specific noise made by a helicopter in flight. It wasn't a generic verb like "rattling" or "juddering", but one that only applies to helicopters. It ...
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How do you tell the difference between “wrong” and “run” in perception test?

Background Just developing a linguistic test - native English speakers can pass(100% correct), and L2 learners cannnot pass(even though they are very proficient). "Wrong vs run" pair was chosen. ...
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Sound of a zip fastener?

I was wondering, how would you best describe the sound a zip fastener makes when it's opened or closed slowly? You know, that "r-r-r-r-r" kind of sound? I thought about growling, but that feels too ...
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A word that describes a sound that is not an onomatopoeia

By necessity, visual phenomena have abstract descriptions. The word yellow is only linked to the actual color because our teachers told us so. Sounds are easier to describe. Because language is sound, ...
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Schwas in songs

Am I right that many schwas become other sounds in songs cause the vowels become 'half-stressed' (I hope you understand what I mean.)? For example, the vowel E in the song 'Silent night' which is ...
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which one is the right ʊ sound?

I am confused with short oo sound, such as oo in book, good and look, also u in pull. I have seen several videos on youtube. There are 3 kinds of sounds as follows: m.youtube.com/watch?v=5lOF-zRg8x0 ...
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Sound from vibrating mobile [closed]

What are the best British words for the sound produced by a vibrating mobile?