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Phonosemantics (Phonosymbolism, Sound Symbolism)
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Phonosemantics, phonosymbolism, or sound symbolism is the ability of speech sounds, their signs or intonation, to directly express meaning. The science that studies this linguistic phenomenon is also called phonosemantics. There are three types of sound symbolism – imitative, synesthetic, and conventional. This art…

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Koleva-Zlateva, Zhivka, “Phonosemantics (Phonosymbolism, Sound Symbolism)”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief University of Kansas General Editor University of Chicago Associate Editors University of Kansas Brown University University of Amsterdam University of Warsaw University of Zagreb University of Mainz Stockholm University Marc L. Greenberg, Lenore A. Grenoble, Stephen M. Dickey, Masako Ueda Fidler, René Genis, Marek Łaziński, Anita Peti-Stantić, Björn Wiemer, Nadežda V. Zorixina-Nilsson. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032009>
First published online: 2020

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