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phonesthesia [phonaesthesia ]

Post by PhilHunt » Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:32 pm

I've been reading about this subject recently, which also sometimes goes under the term of 'sound symbols' (and occasionally phonestesia). I've found it interesting, especially when I consider old posts on the subjects of cognitive science, and the debate on objectivism versus subjectivism in word meaning and understanding.

I tried to do a search for this topic on the site but came up empty handed. Before I rehash old posts, I thought I would give the board guardians some time to point me in the direction of any old messages on this subject so as to avoid repetition.

Thanks
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Post by zmjezhd » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:09 pm

It's also spelled phonaesthesia and called sound symbolism. (I did not find anything relevant searching those on the site.)
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:29 pm

At this point, a note on the terminology is in order.

Wikipedia has an article whose title is 'Sound symbolism'; it begins, 'In linguistics, sound symbolism or phonosemantics is the idea that vocal sounds or phonemes carry meaning in and of themselves'. This concept also goes by the alternative name of phon(a)esthesia.

Phon(a)esthetics, on the other hand, is described as 'the study of the inherent pleasantness (euphony) or unpleasantness (cacophony) of the sound of certain words, phrases, and sentences'.

Note the precise spellings -- I Googled phonaesthetia and phonesthetia, but obtained zero hits.
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Re: phonesthesia [ phonesthesia / phonaesthesia ]

Post by PhilHunt » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:17 pm

Excuse my spelling guys, I made a mistake in the title, putting a 't' where I meant top put an 's'. I heard it mentioned in an interview and when I did some internet searching I found the spellings I mentioned before; one in an article on Mapping and the other on a website in connection with Daniel Tennant; also in academic texts here http://www.flong.com/texts/lists/list_s ... liography/, though I can see myself that the spellings seem to vary throughout the titles and articles mentioned.
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Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:52 pm

You've ruined our mental images.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:29 pm

PhilHunt wrote:I've found it interesting, especially when I consider old posts on the subjects of cognitive science
I thought only Google read our old posts.
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Post by Wizard of Oz » Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:25 am

.. so PhilH, given Erik's definitions which one is it that you wish to discuss ??

WoZ considering the phonaesthetics of a crying baby
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