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.’