Definitions

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  • n. Any correspondence between the sound of a word and its meaning; examples include onomatopoeia and the use of phonaesthemes.

Etymologies

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Apparently coined by British linguist John Rupert Firth.

Examples

  • In phonaesthesia however, some simple combinations of phonemes (like “fl -” in English) have taken on a degree of meaning in their own right, if not iconic (with “fl -” resembling a sound associated with the flick, flap or flourish, the fluttering flight of the fleeting, flouncy flibbertigibbet,) then at least conventionally symbolic (as with the cluster of words in English associating “gl -” with glistening, glittering glints of gleams we glance or glean.)

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