Okay, this is a weird one, but hear me out.
I love learning about other people's voices and personalities and, indeed, laughs - things that are unique to everyone. In my experience I've found that there are two levels of laughter: the sound people make when they hold in laughter, and the sound people make when they let it all out. These two levels also seem to be unique and people can have combinations of one style in one level with another style in the other level. There are a few things that language does not accommodate terms for, mainly in the realm of sound interpretation like bird calls, musical timbres, etc., laughter being one of them, but I want you guys to try your best and describe to me what you sound like when you laugh on both levels. If you have a recording of it, that's even better. I'll go first.
Okay, so when I'm trying not to make a disturbance, I make a sort of wheezing sound. I'm sure y'all have heard the sort of sound before, it seems to be most common in older people and bigger people, neither of which I really qualify as, but nevertheless, that's what I do. When it's appropriate for me to stop caring about being quiet, my laugh is a short, consistently high-pitched and sometimes embarrassingly loud series of basic "ha-has" interrupted by big inhales. If something is really funny, my throat will start to do what I can only aliken to an amplifier that's had the gain turned up too high and started to clip the signal - what I mean by this is that it starts to get too big for my throat to accommodate and I make a toneless cough-like sound for a little bit before I go back to my regular laugh. I'm certain you've heard it before, it's not as weird (or painful) as it sounds.
And now that I've broken the ice by awkwardly attempted to describe something that doesn't have any terminology to it, how about you?
(Recordings would be a lot easier, now that I think about it. :P)