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International Journal of Theoretical Linguistics

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Lautsymbolik – ein vernachlässigter Forschungsgegenstand der Sprachwissenschaft

Sound imagery – a neglected research topic in linguistics

Hilke Elsen
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Published Online: 2014-11-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/glot-2014-0016


As texts about sound symbolism are currently missing, this article wants to inspire new interest in this topic. To begin with, earlier studies are surveyed which dealt directly with sound symbolism in various empiric ways. Next, fields of research are depicted which presently touch upon sound symbolism, such as language evolution, synesthesia, ideophones, names in literature and brand names. It will be argued that research in sound symbolism proper could help to support and even put into perspective some quite hasty results in neighbouring disciplines.

Keywords: Sound imagery; phonology; brand names; literary names; artificial word; phonaesteme; ideophone; synesthesia; iconism

Published Online: 2014-11-07

Published in Print: 2014-11-01

Citation Information: Glottotheory. Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 185–218, ISSN (Online) 2196-6907, ISSN (Print) 1337-7892, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/glot-2014-0016, November 2014

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