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Postby lomagu » Sun 07.10.2005 1:49 pm

Does anyone know where I can find a (preferrably large) list of definitions for those words in Japanese used for sounds/actions/feelings etc? I forget what you call them. For example, 「どんどん、さらさら、ぎりぎり」. There's also a different set of words I think sound similar & can never remember the meaning.. ex. 「はっきり、しっかり」.

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Postby MenomaMinx » Sun 07.10.2005 2:04 pm

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Postby MenomaMinx » Sun 07.10.2005 2:05 pm

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Postby Mukade » Mon 07.11.2005 11:14 pm

lomagu wrote:
...those words in Japanese used for sounds/actions/feelings etc? I forget what you call them.


擬音語 - ぎおんご - onomatopoeia (for sounds)
擬態語 - ぎたいご - mimetic word (for feelings, sensations, etc.)

I don't know how readily available it would be in the U.S., but Andrew Chang's book is pretty comprehensive. It has hundreds of entries:
和英 擬態語・擬音語分類用法辞典 (わえいぎたいご・ぎおんごぶんるいようほうじてん)
The English secondary title is:
A Thesaurus of Japanese Mimesis and Onomatopoeia: Usage by Categories
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Postby lomagu » Tue 07.12.2005 4:52 am

MenomaMinx, I checked out the link. Thanx, it was helpful :)

Mukade, is that book fairly easy to find in Japan? Do you think any good sized book store would carry it?
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Postby Mukade » Tue 07.12.2005 7:49 pm

I don't know off-hand if it's something your average bookstore would carry, but it's available on amazon.co.jp
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Postby jinksys » Tue 07.12.2005 10:12 pm

If you ever read manga, you better get to know onomatopoeia since they are used ALOT.
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