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Wed May 11 2016

Books: Textplicating Iconophones: Levy

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Date: 10-May-2016
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Subject: Textplicating Iconophones: Levy
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Title: Textplicating Iconophones
Subtitle: Articulatory iconic action in Ulysses
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 72
Published: 2016
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Nurit Levy
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027267399 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027267399 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027267399 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027215826 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027215826 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027215826 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30

This volume applies a sign-oriented approach to the description of articulatory and acoustic iconic phenomena in James Joyce’s Ulysses. In its hypothesis, the greater the role of sensory experience in the message of a text, the more likely it is to employ linguistic representation in articulated sounds iconically to affect sensory experience. Ulysses is presented as a work of art whose emphasis on sensual impression and sensory experience is reflected in the composition and distribution of its phonemes.

Four English phonemes are examined, each in several contexts in Ulysses. A systematic association of resemblance is found between the manner and effort involved in the articulation of each phoneme relative to other phonemes and sounds, and the manner in which semantic content is arranged in the scenes and themes of the book. The different emphases of semantic arrangement associated with each of the examined phonemes are maintained across diverse themes, varied scopes of reference and opposed manners of contextualization. The phonological unit is therefore perceived to carry a semantic impact to complement its differentiating role in linguistic signification. It also offers an innovative approach to Ulysses and exposes new semantic nuances in its narration and characterization techniques.

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Written In: English (eng)

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