If you have ever read manga, or even watched anime - where this is less common - you will probably come across something described as 'Japanese Sound Symbols'. They are also known as 'sound symbolic', mimetic, ideophones and Japanese onomatopoeia. You can view much of the dynamics of sound symbols on the Wikipedia Page.
Some of the listed examples were:
- じろじろ - jirojiro - Stare intently
- きらきら - kirakira - Sparkle
- どきどき - dokidoki - Heart beat
- ぴんぴん - pinpin - Lively
- しいんと - shi~nto - Silence
So, I thought that because it's mostly used in Anime & Manga, it may be on-topic here. However because it's in relation to expressions in Japanese, therefore - wouldn't those topics belong in the Japanese Language & Usage?
Remember that the sound symbols are in Japanese, used in Japanese, for the Japanese and to express Japanese terms. The only thing it has to do with Anime and Manga is that it is used in the books/episodes!
You can see this question about whether questions about the Japanese language should be on-topic, but the answer has suggested that it 'relates the the personality of the character' - however these expressions only express the being/situation/feelings of the character. Another example is this question about the classic blood-nose symbol. However, because this is in special relation to anime (obviously because real people probably do not get a blood nose when 'excited' :P).
I'd like some opinions on this, thanks in advance.