Cross-modal iconicity : A cognitive semiotic approach to sound symbolism

  title={Cross-modal iconicity : A cognitive semiotic approach to sound symbolism},
  author={Felix Ahlner and Jordan Zlatev},
It is being increasingly recognized that the Saussurean dictum of “the arbitrariness of the linguistic sign” is in conflict with the pervasiveness of the phenomenon commonly known as “sound symbolism”. After first presenting a historical overview of the debate, however, we conclude that both positions have been exaggerated, and that an adequate explanation of sound symbolism is still lacking. How can there, for example, be (perceived) similarity between expressions and contents across different… CONTINUE READING


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