Meaning of phonaesthetics in English:


Pronunciation /ˌfəʊnəsˈθɛtɪks/

plural noun

(also US phonesthetics)
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.’