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Sound symbolism, sonority, and swearing : an affect induction perspective

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dc.contributor.advisor Rendall, Drew
dc.contributor.author Yardy, Brandon John
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-09T20:48:43Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-09T20:48:43Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2556
dc.description viii, 89 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract The relationship between word form and word meaning has been debated since early Greek philosophy. Conventionally, the relationship is held to be arbitrary: that there is no natural connection between a word and what it represents (de Saussure 1959). In contrast, examples of sound symbolism undermine this linguistic tenet by demonstrating non-arbitrary word meanings conveyed in details of the acoustic signal of the words themselves. The Affect Induction model of animal communication offers a natural explanation for some forms of sound symbolism in language. According to the Affect Induction model, the physical properties of signals influence receiver affect and behavior in specific ways through relatively direct effects on core sensory, psychological and affective processes. To investigate the possible implications of this model for sound symbolism in human language, a set of studies was conducted on the classic “bouba-kiki” phenomenon. An analysis was subsequently undertaken to extend the results of experiments to several corpuses of real words classically associated with divergent affective themes. Results suggest that the Affect Induction model might account for some forms of sound symbolism, as instantiated in real word usage. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Psychology, 2010 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Sound symbolism -- Research en_US
dc.subject Phonemics en_US
dc.subject Distinctive features (Linguistics) en_US
dc.subject Phonetics en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Sound symbolism, sonority, and swearing : an affect induction perspective en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_US

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