Giongo (words for sounds) and Gitaigo (words for actions) The Japanese language is FULL of giongo or giseigo (onomatopoeia), and gitaigo (mimesis or. 年6月16日 Up to now, I introduced several times about Japanese giongo (擬音語) / giseigo ( 擬声語) and gitaigo (擬態語). If you’ve been exposed to Japanese for even the shortest period of time, you will have no doubt heard some sort of onomatopoeia being used.

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April 21, in Linguamania. Today in fun with words: The Japanese love onomatopoeia the plural is spelled the same as the singular, by the way. However, the Japanese gitagio or sounds-as-words is a bit different from our own. The first term in the title of this post, giongois onomatopoeia as we think of it.

That is, non-linguistic sounds represented orthographically. Giseigo is a subgroup of these sounds dedicated entirely to animal or human sounds dogs barking, birds chirping, children laughing.


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Finally, gitaigo express states of being or fiongo emotions, senses other than hearing, and atmospheric elements. There is a Giongoetc. A final point of interest is that these onomatopoeic words are never transcribed in kanjibut only in kana.

This gitaigoo because kanji is logographic. They are derived from the Chinese alphabet, and the same kanji may have a different pronunciation and serve a different morphological purpose depending on the context in which it appears. Kanaon the other hand, are syllabic.

Kana are always pronounced the same, no matter the context. It makes sense to express onomatopoeia in such a way because these words, at a fundamental level, express sounds and not ideas.

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Japanese Onomatopoeia: Giseigo, Giongo, and Gitaigo

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