Iconicity and systematicity in phonaesthemes: A cross-linguistic study

  title={Iconicity and systematicity in phonaesthemes: A cross-linguistic study},
  author={Jose A. Mompe{\'a}n and Amandine Fregier and Javier Valenzuela},
  journal={Cognitive Linguistics},
  pages={515 - 548}
Abstract This study aims to find out whether speakers of different language backgrounds (English, French, Spanish, and Macedonian) are sensitive to semantic associations (‘fluid’ and ‘forcible contact’) attached respectively to two purported phonaesthemes (/fl-/ and /tr-/). Participants completed the task in oral and written conditions. They had to match phonaestheme-related definitions with either of two non-words (one phonaestheme-bearing and the other containing a distractor). The results… Expand
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