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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 Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 10 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032009>
First published online: 2020



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