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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: From 'thump' and 'swish' to 'this' and 'that': Sound symbolism in deictic modifiers
Paper URL: www.geocities.com/wirusansan/Sound.pdf
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
URL: www.geocities.com/wirusansan/Sound.pdf


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