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Fri Nov 24 2006

Books: Phonology: Hinton, Nichols, Ohala (Eds)

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Directory         1.    Joyce Reid, Sound Symbolism: Hinton, Nichols, Ohala (Eds)

Message 1: Sound Symbolism: Hinton, Nichols, Ohala (Eds)
Date: 15-Nov-2006
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Sound Symbolism: Hinton, Nichols, Ohala (Eds)

Title: Sound Symbolism Published: 2006 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Editor: Leanne Hinton Editor: Johanna Nichols Editor: John J Ohala Paperback: ISBN: 0521026776 Pages: 383 Price: U.S. $ 58.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521026776 Pages: 383 Price: U.K. £ 33.00

Sound symbolism is the study of the relationship between the sound of anutterance and its meaning. In this interdisciplinary collection of newstudies, twenty-four leading scholars discuss the role of sound symbolismin a theory of language. They consider sound symbolic processes in a widerange of languages from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North andSouth America. Beginning with an evocative typology of sound symbolicprocesses, they go on to examine not only the well-known areas of study,such as onomatopoeia and size sound symbolism, but also less frequentlydiscussed topics such as the sound symbolic value of vocatives and ofinvoluntary noises, and the marginal areas of 'conventional soundsymbolism', such as phonesthemes. The book concludes with a series ofstudies on the biological basis of sound symbolism, and draws comparisonswith the communication systems of other species. This is a definitive workon the role of sound symbolism in a theory of language.

"All of the papers are sources of tantalizing, testable hypotheses....ofconsiderable value and evidence of a welcome renewal of interest in somevery old questions." Journal of Linguistic Anthropology

List of contributors;1. Introduction: Sound-symbolic processes Leanne Hinton, Johanna Nichols,John Ohala;Part I. Native American Languages North of Mexico:2. Symbolism in Nez Perce Haruo Aoki;3. Nootkan vocative vocalism and its implications William H. Jacobsen Jr;4. Relative motivation in denotational and indexical sound symbolism ofWasco-Wishram Chinookan Michael Silverstein;Part II. Native Languages of Latin America:5. Symbolism and change in the sound system of Huastec Terrence Kaufman;6. Evidence for pervasive synesthetic sound symbolism in ethnozoologicalnomenclature Brent Berlin;7. Noise words in Guaraní Margaret Langdon;Part III. Asia:8. i: big a: small Gerard Diffloth;9. Tone, intonation, and sound symbolism in Lahu: loading the syllablecanon James A. Matisoff;10. An experimental investigation into phonetic symbolism as it relates toMandarin Chinese Randy J. Lapolla;11. Palatalization in Japanese sound symbolism Shoko Hamano;Part IV. Australia and Africa:12. Yir-Yiront ideophones Barry Alpher;13. African ideophones G. Tucker Childs;Part V. Europe:14. Regular sound development, phonosymbolic orchestration, disambiguationof homonyms Yakov Malkiel;15. Modern Greek ts: beyond sound symbolism Brian D. Joseph;16. On levels of analysis of sound symbolism in poetry, with an applicationto Russian poetry Tom M. S. Priestly;17. Finnish and Gilyak sound symbolism - the interplay between system andhistory Robert Austerlitz;Part VI. English:18. Phonosyntactics Joan A. Sereno;19. Aural images Richard Rhodes;20. Inanimate imitatives in English Robert L. Oswalt;Part VII. The Biological Bases of Sound Symbolism:21. Some observations on the function of sound in clinical work Peter F.Ostwald;22. The frequency code underlies the sound-symbolic use of voice pitch JohnJ. Ohala;23. Sound symbolism and its role in non-human vertebrate communicationEugene S. Morton;Index.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)                             Finnish (fin)                             Greek (ell)                             Huastec, Southeastern (hsf)                             Lahu (lhu)                             Nez Perce (nez)                             Gilyak (niv)                             Russian (rus)
Written In: English (eng )

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