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It's Been Said Before

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: From 'thump' and 'swish' to 'this' and 'that': Sound symbolism in deictic modifiers
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Author: Alastair Wilson
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Institution: Université de Neuchâtel
Linguistic Field: Typology
Abstract: This BA dissertation tests the hypothesis that proximal deictics favour /i/-type vowels where distals favour /u/- or /a/-type vowels, by constructing a 50 language sample and analyzing the typological distribution of the vowels present in the relevant deictics. This intends to correct previous studies, which have overemphasized standard average European languages and underemphasized Papuan languages when testing this hypothesis.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
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