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    Dear teachers,

    Would you please elaborate what "through cultural inference" represents in the following sentence. I got it from the Internet:

    Onomatopoeia:

    "Strictly speaking, the formation or use of words which imitate sounds, like whispering, clang, and sizzle, but the term is generally expanded to refer to any word whose sound is suggestive of its meaning whether by imitation or through cultural inference. "

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    BMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    Dear teachers,

    Would you please elaborate what "through cultural inference" represents in the following sentence. I got it from the Internet:

    Onomatopoeia:

    "Strictly speaking, the formation or use of words which imitate sounds, like whispering, clang, and sizzle, but the term is generally expanded to refer to any word whose sound is suggestive of its meaning whether by imitation or through cultural inference. "

    Thanks.

    BMO
    Attached to culture. For example, in Poe's poem The Bells,

    "tinkling" = sleigh bells;
    "clanging" = fire bells;
    "chiming" = wedding bells;
    "tolling," "moaning," and "groaning" = funeral bells.

    If someone from a non-English speaking background/culture were to read Poe's The Bells, s/he may not get the connections; those connections are part of the culture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Attached to culture. For example, in Poe's poem The Bells,

    "tinkling" = sleigh bells;
    "clanging" = fire bells;
    "chiming" = wedding bells;
    "tolling," "moaning," and "groaning" = funeral bells.

    If someone from a non-English speaking background/culture were to read Poe's The Bells, s/he may not get the connections; those connections are part of the culture.
    Got it and thanks. I think in some central Asia cultures people rattle their tongue in mourning. Rattle would be a onomatopoeia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Attached to culture. For example, in Poe's poem The Bells,

    "tinkling" = sleigh bells;
    "clanging" = fire bells;
    "chiming" = wedding bells;
    "tolling," "moaning," and "groaning" = funeral bells.

    If someone from a non-English speaking background/culture were to read Poe's The Bells, s/he may not get the connections; those connections are part of the culture.
    Got it and thanks. I think in some central Asia cultures people rattle their tongue in mourning. Rattle would be a onomatopoeia.
    Very cool. 8)
    In Japan, they've a million of 'em. My favo(u)rites include,

    boo-boo (for 'your answer is incorrect', from the sound played on game shows) Interestingly enough, it's the same sound a pig makes, in Japan that is. In all fairness, though, English has oink-oink. wan-wan (the sound a dog makes) a labial sound "w" Dogs have lip rounding ; yet English too has initial lip-rounding ([r]uff-ruff and [b]ow-wow). Hmm. I wonder how that came to be? 8)

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    In Taiwan,
    birds 'Ju Ju' ( Ju in 'Jupiter' ) while yours chirp
    crows 'a a' (a in 'father') What about Japan? :)
    cows 'mo' ( mo in 'almost') while yours moo :D

    It's funny to hear that pigs oink-onk and birds chirp-chirp.
    Ah, birds have funny lips nowadays. :D :D :D :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    In Taiwan,
    birds 'Ju Ju' ( Ju in 'Jupiter' ) while yours chirp
    crows 'a a' (a in 'father') What about Japan? :)
    cows 'mo' ( mo in 'almost') while yours moo :D

    It's funny to hear that pigs oink-onk and birds chirp-chirp.
    Ah, birds have funny lips nowadays. :D :D :D :D :D
    Cats purr.
    Lions roar.
    Owls hoot.
    Bears snore.
    Crickets creak.
    Mice squeak.
    Sheep baa.
    But I speak!

    Monkeys chatter.
    Cows moo.
    Ducks quack.
    Doves coo.
    Pigs squeal.
    Horses neigh.
    Chickens cluck.
    But I say!

    Flies hum.
    Dogs growl.
    Bats screech.
    Coyotes howl.
    Frogs croak.
    Parrots squawk.
    Bees buzz.
    But I talk!

    This poem by Arnold L. Shapiro is called "I Speak, I Say, I Talk". I ask my students to underline the regular verbs and then classify them according to the way the final "ed" is pronounced. It's fun to read out loud, too.


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    Susan,

    You ROCK! That's it! That's what I need! It's a very good teaching material! I'll have my class get one tomorrow.

    Thanks. <smack> :wink: :)

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    Very cool, thank you. :D It's a great resource! :D

    Have you come across this site?Sound of the World's Animals

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    Thanks for the link. I love it! :D

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    Is there any link that has the sounds of water or sounds of the coins?

    Like:
    water-splash
    gun-bang
    when you win the casino, say 'Bingo'- d-ling d-ling :D



    Dear BMO,
    I am sorry to highjack your thread. :wink:

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