Sound-Action Symbolism

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Vainio , L & Vainio , M 2021 , ' Sound-Action Symbolism ' , Frontiers in Psychology , vol. 12 , 718700 . https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.718700

Title: Sound-Action Symbolism
Author: Vainio, Lari; Vainio, Martti
Contributor organization: Department of Digital Humanities
Mind and Matter
Phonetics and Speech Synthesis
Perception Action Cognition
Phonetics
Date: 2021-09-14
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Frontiers in Psychology
ISSN: 1664-1078
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.718700
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334695
Abstract: Recent evidence has shown linkages between actions and segmental elements of speech. For instance, close-front vowels are sound symbolically associated with the precision grip, and front vowels are associated with forward-directed limb movements. The current review article presents a variety of such sound-action effects and proposes that they compose a category of sound symbolism that is based on grounding a conceptual knowledge of a referent in articulatory and manual action representations. In addition, the article proposes that even some widely known sound symbolism phenomena such as the sound-magnitude symbolism can be partially based on similar sensorimotor grounding. It is also discussed that meaning of suprasegmental speech elements in many instances is similarly grounded in body actions. Sound symbolism, prosody, and body gestures might originate from the same embodied mechanisms that enable a vivid and iconic expression of a meaning of a referent to the recipient.
Subject: 6161 Phonetics
515 Psychology
sound symbolism
speech
action
grasping
prosody
gestures
PHONETIC SYMBOLISM
ARTICULATORY GESTURES
ACTION RECOGNITION
MANUAL GESTURE
VISUAL OBJECT
SPEECH
MOTOR
MAGNITUDE
ICONICITY
LANGUAGE
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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