Definition of sound symbolism in English:

sound symbolism

Line breaks: sound sym¦bol|ism


[mass noun]
  • The partial representation of the sense of a word by its sound, as in bang, fizz, and slide. See also onomatopoeia.
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    • 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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