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Polish sound symbolism, onomatopoeia, phonaestheme (Kwiatkowski 1992)

Date Submitted: 18-Aug-2009
From: Lydia Poprawska
Subject: Polish sound symbolism, onomatopoeia, phonaestheme (Kwiatkowski 1992)
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Notice: Hello,
I'm a PHD student of linguistics and looking for publications on Polish
sound symbolism / phonaesthemes / onomatopoeia. Relevant studies including
Polish data seem to be really scarce. Among the few titles I have stumbled
upon is Pawel Kwiatkowski's MA-thesis (1992), "The phonology of
onomatopoeia: A Polish-English contrastive study' (unpublished, Nicholas
Copernicus University, Torun). might be quite interesting to me: is anyone
of you out there in possession of a copy or has an idea how to access it?
Sadly, the Torun University library did not answer my request.Thanks in

Best Regards,