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Sound Symbolism

Leanne Hinton, Johanna Nichols, John Ohala, Haruo Aoki, William H. Jacobsen Jr, Michael Silverstein, Terrence Kaufman, Brent Berlin, Margaret Langdon, Gérard Diffloth, James A. Matisoff, Randy J. Lapolla, Shoko Hamano, Barry Alpher, G. Tucker Childs, Yakov Malkiel, Brian D. Joseph, Tom M. S. Priestly, Robert Austerlitz, Joan A. Sereno, Richard Rhodes, Robert L. Oswalt, Peter F. Ostwald, John J. Ohala, Eugene S. Morton
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026772

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  • Sound symbolism is the study of the relationship between the sound of an utterance and its meaning. In this interdisciplinary collection of new studies, twenty-four leading scholars discuss the role of sound symbolism in a theory of language. They consider sound symbolic processes in a wide range of languages from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America. Beginning with an evocative typology of sound symbolic processes, they go on to examine not only the well-known areas of study, such as onomatopoeia and size sound symbolism, but also less frequently discussed topics such as the sound symbolic value of vocatives and of involuntary noises, and the marginal areas of 'conventional sound symbolism', such as phonesthemes. The book concludes with a series of studies on the biological basis of sound symbolism, and draws comparisons with the communication systems of other species. This is a definitive work on the role of sound symbolism in a theory of language.

    • First book on this subject
    • Interdisciplinary collection of essays by distinguished list of contributors
    • Draws on wide range of linguistic data
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026772
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 32 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    1. Introduction: Sound-symbolic processes Leanne Hinton, Johanna Nichols, John Ohala
    Part I. Native American Languages North of Mexico:
    2. Symbolism in Nez Perce Haruo Aoki
    3. Nootkan vocative vocalism and its implications William H. Jacobsen Jr
    4. Relative motivation in denotational and indexical sound symbolism of Wasco-Wishram Chinookan Michael Silverstein
    Part II. Native Languages of Latin America:
    5. Symbolism and change in the sound system of Huastec Terrence Kaufman
    6. Evidence for pervasive synesthetic sound symbolism in ethnozoological nomenclature Brent Berlin
    7. Noise words in Guaraní Margaret Langdon
    Part III. Asia:
    8. i: big a: small Gérard Diffloth
    9. Tone, intonation, and sound symbolism in Lahu: loading the syllable canon James A. Matisoff
    10. An experimental investigation into phonetic symbolism as it relates to Mandarin Chinese Randy J. Lapolla
    11. Palatalization in Japanese sound symbolism Shoko Hamano
    Part IV. Australia and Africa:
    12. Yir-Yiront ideophones Barry Alpher
    13. African ideophones G. Tucker Childs
    Part V. Europe:
    14. Regular sound development, phonosymbolic orchestration, disambiguation of homonyms Yakov Malkiel
    15. Modern Greek ts: beyond sound symbolism Brian D. Joseph
    16. On levels of analysis of sound symbolism in poetry, with an application to Russian poetry Tom M. S. Priestly
    17. Finnish and Gilyak sound symbolism - the interplay between system and history Robert Austerlitz
    Part VI. English:
    18. Phonosyntactics Joan A. Sereno
    19. Aural images Richard Rhodes
    20. Inanimate imitatives in English Robert L. Oswalt
    Part VII. The Biological Bases of Sound Symbolism:
    21. Some observations on the function of sound in clinical work Peter F. Ostwald
    22. The frequency code underlies the sound-symbolic use of voice pitch John J. Ohala
    23. Sound symbolism and its role in non-human vertebrate communication Eugene S. Morton
    Index.

  • Editors

    Leanne Hinton, University of California, Berkeley

    Johanna Nichols, University of California, Berkeley

    John J. Ohala, University of California, Berkeley

    Contributors

    Leanne Hinton, Johanna Nichols, John Ohala, Haruo Aoki, William H. Jacobsen Jr, Michael Silverstein, Terrence Kaufman, Brent Berlin, Margaret Langdon, Gérard Diffloth, James A. Matisoff, Randy J. Lapolla, Shoko Hamano, Barry Alpher, G. Tucker Childs, Yakov Malkiel, Brian D. Joseph, Tom M. S. Priestly, Robert Austerlitz, Joan A. Sereno, Richard Rhodes, Robert L. Oswalt, Peter F. Ostwald, John J. Ohala, Eugene S. Morton

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