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Words That Go Ping

The ridiculously wonderful world of onomatopoeia

Barbara Lasserre



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Allen & Unwin
01 November 2018
Barbara Lasserre brings the neglected world of onomatopoeia to life in this witty little gem of a book which will delight language lovers.

If it goes 'moo' then every child knows it's a cow. If it goes 'Wham! Bam! Crash!' we're in a fast-paced comic. But what goes 'krknout'?

Barbara Lasserre takes us on a playful journey through the delightful world of words that mimic sounds. Normally relegated to children's books, cartoons and comedians, she shows how these often ancient words reveal unexpected things about the way we think, speak and act.

A book for anyone who loves playing with words.

'When it comes to the crunch, Words That Go Ping is bound to reverberate. Zipping between Norwegian kisses and Japanese silence, my brain is still humming.' - David Astle, writer, crossword maker and general word nerd

'An immensely satisfying book covering a neglected aspect of language with impeccable skill, and written in an open, flowing and humorous style.' - Susan Butler AO, inaugural editor of the Macquarie Dictionary

'Barbara Lasserre has conjured up a magical world of word mimicry. Her wondrous little book will delight all who love language.' - Richard Walsh, author and publisher
By:   Barbara Lasserre
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   280g
ISBN:   9781760632199
ISBN 10:   1760632198
Publication Date:   01 November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Aargh, miaeow, ker-ching: Means like it sounds 2. Eek, a mouse: Be afraid 3. Whoopee: The making of feel-good words 4. Gahshunk: In Japanese they triple the fun 5. Yum, throb, sob: Bodily reverberations 6. Cucurrucucu: Sounds natural 7. Jabber natter: Poetry, music and metaphor 8. Rattle jangle ding dong: The mechanics of life, bells and whistles 9. Woops, yikes, hmmm: Interjections, ejaculations, fillers 10. Huh?: Lost in translation 11. Slam dunk and the Bbig Bbang: The United States, Lifelife, the Universe universe & and Everythingeverything Epilogue Acknowledgements Endnotes Bibliography Index

Barbara Lasserre is a linguist and aspiring jazz pianist. She has lived in France, Nigeria and Syria. After returning to Sydney she was a lecturer in language and learning at the University of Technology Sydney for over ten years.

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