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28 October

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Hello guys, and I have a question: Is it true that in English, two consecutive consonants act like onomatopoeia?

In the consonant sequences [sk-] in “scraping” and [sp-] in “sparkling,” for instance, is the frictional sound [s] connected to the popping sound [k] or [p], making it sound like an onomatopoeia?

Also, do the palatal sounds sound sharp, hard and physical, giving a sense of uninviting psychological distance, and the nasal sounds soft and sensual (tactile), expressing some kind of close distance?

I’m curious about your impression of onomatopoeia. (Because English is a visual language, while my native tongue, Japanese, is an auditory-visual language)

I’m afraid I have a lot of questions, but I’m looking forward to your valuable input. Thank you very much.

<Excerpts from the book>

[fl-] 動く光:
fl-ash(ぴかっと光る)/ fl-are(めらめらと燃える)fl-ame(燃え立つ)/fl-icker(火がちらちらする)

[gl-] 動かない光:
gl-ow(熱と光を出して輝く)/gl-are(ぎらぎら光る)/gl-eam(かすかに光る)/gl-int(きらきら光る)/gl-imm-er(ちらちら光る)

[sl-] 湿っていて滑るもの:
sl-ime(どろどろとした)/sl-ush(ぬかるみ)/sl-op(水っぽい食べ物)/sl-obber(だらだらよだれをたらす)/sl-ip(滑る)/sl-ide(滑る)

[kr-] やかましい音:
cr-ash(がちゃがちゃ)/cr-ack(はじける音)/cr-eak(きゅうきゅうきしむ)/cr-unch(かりかりする)
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