Onomatopoeia as a Figure and a Linguistic Principle

  title={Onomatopoeia as a Figure and a Linguistic Principle},
  author={Hugh T Bredin},
  journal={New Literary History},
  pages={555 - 569}
  • Hugh T Bredin
  • Published 1 August 1996
  • Philosophy
  • New Literary History
It is easy to think of onomatopoeic words. Whizz, bang, splash, thump, will strike most English-speakers as typical examples; and once we are familiar with these, it is easy for us then to recognize others almost at will, and even to invent new ones if need be. An audience at the film How to Murder Your Wife needs no explanation why a cement mixer is referred to in a cartoon strip as a gloppita-gloppita machine. The knowledge of how to speak a language seems to naturally involve a knowledge of… 
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