Vowel and Introduction Onomatopoeia

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Onomatopoeia

Abstract

象声词在语言里属于比较不受重视的一类语言,因其口语的意味比较浓重,因而研究的人很少。本文只是对象声词的一个小议,从概念,从作用,通过举例子来解读象声词。通过猜想和论证,阐释了象声词的起源,以及象声词词性的改变。

Key words: Onomatopoeia, Function, Origin, Nature of Onomatopoeia.

Introduction
Onomatopoeia is very important not only in our oral language but in our literary language like poets. It is not easy to have a study on them because of its tremendous number and complex pronunciation system. This small article mainly focus on the origin of onomatopoeia, the function of it and the pronunciation of these words. The most important thing is the connection between the vowel symbol and the sound it indicate. Through examples, I think the main thoughts can be expressed clearly.

1、The Definition and Origin of Onomatopoeia
1.1 The definition of onomatopoeia
To learn this word, we'd better refer to some different English dictionaries and compare the explantions one by one. In the LONGMAN DICTIONARY OF CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH dictionary, the definition is the use of words that sound like the thing that they are describing, like 'hiss' or 'boom'. In the ADVANCED LEARNER'S English-Chinese Dictionary (the sixth edition), the explanation of this word is the fact of words containing sounds similar to the noise they describe, for example hiss or thud; the use of words like this in a piece of writing. Compare the two definitions, we can clearly conclude three points: the function, disadvantage and its sphere. First, this kind of words are used to simulate or imitate the sound of other things they make, including all the noises we hear in our daily life: the sound of nature, the sound of machine, the sound of everything no matter what they are or whether those sounds are pleasant or not. Secondly, the disadvantage of this kind of words is that it is just an act of simulation or imitation, so the pronunciation of one onomatopoeia is not totally the same with the real sound made by other things. There is and should be some fine...
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