Nouns and verbs sound different

  1. Linguists have long believed that the sound of a word reveals nothing about its meaning, with a few exceptions of words like "buzz" or "beep" that are known as onomatopoeia.

    But a new study analyzing the sounds of nouns and verbs challenges that view.

    "What we have shown is that the sound of a word can tell us something about how it is used," said Morten Christiansen, associate professor of psychology at Cornell University. "Specifically, it tells us whether the word is used as a noun or as a verb, and this relationship affects how we process such words.
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