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sound symbolism Syllabification: sound sym·bol·ism

Definition of sound symbolism in English:

noun

The partial representation of the sense of a word by its sound, as in bang, fizz, and slide. See also onomatopoeia.
Example sentences
  • Etymologists are very aware of the part played by onomatopoeia and sound symbolism in creating new words.
  • Thus, the sound of words may be directly onomatopoeic or may give a less overt effect of sound symbolism.
  • This research forms part of renewed research into the role that sound symbolism plays in language evolution.

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