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What is the word for “the way a word sounds to your ear”?

I do not mean "Phonaesthetics" or euphony or cacophony which carry a value judgement. Words have an audio 'pattern', mostly unique and different from other words. This is the unique audio "finger-...
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Pronunciation of the word antisemitic [duplicate]

There seems to be two ways to pronounce antisemitic. I have always pronounced the syllable "sem" to rhyme with "them". I notice that many Americans make it rhyme with "him" and the following syllable "...
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I described text as sounding a certain way and someone said “I can’t hear him” what is what he did called?

This occurring on a thread of messages and someone previously commented and I replied mentioning they “sounded mad.” Someone then replied, “How is he sounding? I can’t hear him” What is what they did ...
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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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Name for phrases that sound the same but have different meanings?

Is there a special name for two phrases that have the same sound, but mean different things from each other? For example Wishing well Could be used in either the context of "I wish you well," or ...
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Are there any words describing normal breathing?

I am not sure but I can't find any words that describe normal calm breathing. Something that describes the exhale of a breath or blowing air out from your mouth. Not frantic or puffed breathing just ...
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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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Phrase to describe a chair being pulled

I'm lost for words to complete this sentence: The sound of the chair _ against the floor can be heard clearly as the room silence with my sudden action.
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Subject + sound + Adjective

I called after him, worried that I might have sounded ungrateful. Unlike 'It sounds [Adjective].', if a person subject comes instead of 'it', what does the verb 'sound' mean? I'm not sure for the ...
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Which word to use when speaker sound is not working properly

I have a malfunctioned speaker, its sound does not come out normally but is like being stuck, which word(s) could I use to describe a speaker with defected sound? Thanks in advance.
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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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In words like able, or candle does the l function as a vowel and the e function as a consonant?

I was recently told as part of my THRASS (phonics program for primary schools) training that in words ending in -le such as able, crumple, candle etc that the letter l functions as a vowel with the ...
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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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Sound of ropes / strings / clothing material sliding against each other?

Think of the ropes of boats moored to a dock, but having to listen carefully (not loud and obvious) like 'creaking' or 'squeaking'. It would have to denote friction without screeching - more like '...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Accurate definition for poetic devices

Although I can recognize and construct phrases that include usage of poetic devices, I certainly cannot define all of them accurately. For example, I read in a book that metaphor is defined as ...
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Prolong the sound of a word in writing

How do I prolong the sound of a word in writing, while maintaining its natural sound? I want to prolong the sound of these words: Doh Rei Mi Fah Sol If I write Doooooh, people might read ...
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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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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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How to make schwa sound?

I'm not a native English speaker, and my language doesn't have the SCHWA sound. It would be so helpful if there are any tips to make the sound. 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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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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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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Longest English word without a vowel sound

I am not an English student, by discipline I am physicist, so am asking this question in innocence. I searched Google for the longest word without a vowel sound and I got these results: The ...
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Name for that sound you make with pursed lips

I tried searching, but couldn't find anything. What's that sound called, the one you make when you purse your lips and make that kissing kind of sound? I guess people make the sound in different ...
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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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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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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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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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Sound from vibrating mobile [closed]

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