Definition of phonaesthetics in English:


(US phonesthetics)

plural noun

  • treated as singular The study of the aesthetic properties of speech sound, in particular the study of sound sequences, as in phonaesthesia.

    • ‘A few studies of phonaesthetics are well-known for the cleverness of their design and the nebulosity of their results.’
    • ‘They tend to come under an area of linguistics called phonaesthetics which deals with sounds and our preferences for them.’