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Article: Evolutionary roots of sound symbolism. Association tasks of animal properties with phonetic features

TitleEvolutionary roots of sound symbolism. Association tasks of animal properties with phonetic features
Authors
KeywordsSound symbolism
Origins of language
Non-arbitrariness
Multimodality
Association task
Animal names
Issue Date2017
Citation
Language and Communication, 2017, v. 54, p. 21-35 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2016 Elsevier Ltd Contradicting Saussure's arbitrariness of the linguistic sign, sound symbolism – the systematic association of sounds with meanings – is consistently found across languages. It may have offered a ground for our ancestors to develop an initial communication system, and later move toward symbolic signs. We tested sound symbolic associations in French between phonetic segments or phonetic features and various attributes of animals (size, dangerousness…). A first experimental setting revealed no significant association, while a second did. These associations furthermore do not appear in French animal names. We discuss these results in the light of scenarios of language origins and evolution.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/262727
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2017 Impact Factor: 1.051
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.633
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dc.contributor.authorDe Carolis, Léa-
dc.contributor.authorMarsico, Egidio-
dc.contributor.authorCoupé, Christophe-
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-08T02:46:52Z-
dc.date.available2018-10-08T02:46:52Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationLanguage and Communication, 2017, v. 54, p. 21-35-
dc.identifier.issn0271-5309-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/262727-
dc.description.abstract© 2016 Elsevier Ltd Contradicting Saussure's arbitrariness of the linguistic sign, sound symbolism – the systematic association of sounds with meanings – is consistently found across languages. It may have offered a ground for our ancestors to develop an initial communication system, and later move toward symbolic signs. We tested sound symbolic associations in French between phonetic segments or phonetic features and various attributes of animals (size, dangerousness…). A first experimental setting revealed no significant association, while a second did. These associations furthermore do not appear in French animal names. We discuss these results in the light of scenarios of language origins and evolution.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage and Communication-
dc.subjectSound symbolism-
dc.subjectOrigins of language-
dc.subjectNon-arbitrariness-
dc.subjectMultimodality-
dc.subjectAssociation task-
dc.subjectAnimal names-
dc.titleEvolutionary roots of sound symbolism. Association tasks of animal properties with phonetic features-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.natureLink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.langcom.2016.10.003-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85009495373-
dc.identifier.volume54-
dc.identifier.spage21-
dc.identifier.epage35-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000400213700003-

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