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Título:Rhyme over Reason
Subtítulo:Phonological Motivation in English
Autor/a:Benczes, Réka
Año de publicación:2019
Lugar de edición:Cambridge (UK)
Editorial:Cambridge University Press

We are fascinated by what words sound like. This fascination also drives us to search for meaning in sound - thereby contradicting the principle of the arbitrariness of the linguistic sign. Phonesthemes, onomatopoeia or rhyming compounds all share the property of carrying meaning by virtue of what they sound like, simply because language users establish an association between form and meaning. By drawing on a wide array of examples, ranging from conventionalized words and expressions to brand names and slogans, this book offers a comprehensive account of the role that sound symbolism and rhyme/alliteration plays in English, and by doing so, advocates a more relaxed view of the category 'morpheme' that is able to incorporate less regular word-formation processes.

  • Presents an up-to-date and comprehensive account of word-formation patterns generally neglected or marginalized in morphological literature

  • Incorporates a wide array of examples, ranging from conventionalized words and expressions to brand names and advertisements

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"Rejecting the long dominant Saussurean view that language consists very largely of arbitrary sound-meaning associations and is primarily designed for the communication of referential meaning, Benczes takes us on a richly illustrated journey into a world of interrelated English word forms and of meanings affected by sounds and sound patterns. These lexical interactions are the expressive source of everyday language that serves to entertain, arouse, soothe and instruct as much as to inform. This is a book to tickle the reader’s fancy, tempting us to try our own hand at discovering such phenomena as onomatopoeia and phonesthemes, rhyming compounds and irreversible binomials. These unconscious influences between form and meaning, and form and form are all ways in which our language is continually shaped by what we already know [...]" Marilyn Vihman, University of York (United Kingdom)

Temática:Análisis del discurso, Fonética, Fonología, Lingüística cognitiva, Semántica

List of Figures page 
List of Tables 

1 Introduction 
Phonological Motivation 
Motivation between Form and Meaning 
Motivation between Form and Form 
Scope of the Book 
Main Theoretical Assumptions 
Symbolic Units in Language 
Usage-based Models 
Structure of the Book 


2 Phonological Motivation in Language Evolution and Development 
Correspondences between Sound and Meaning 
Iconicity and the Origins of Language 
Iconicity and Language Learning 
Phonological Motivation in Language Acquisition 
Consonant Harmony 
Phonological Motivation in the Later Years: Rhyme and Literacy 
Phonological Motivation and Second Language Acquisition 
Phonological Motivation and ‘Unintentional Linguistic Inventions’ 
Assimilation and Sound Exchange 
Phonological Motivation and Intentional Linguistic Inventions 


3 Phonetic Symbolism 
What Is Sound Symbolism? 
Corporeal Sound Symbolism 
Imitative Sound Symbolism 
Synaesthetic Sound Symbolism 
Conventional Sound Symbolism 
Correspondences between Individual Sounds and Meaning 
Are Sound–Meaning Correspondences Universal? 
What Phonesthemes Are There in English? 
Where Do Phonesthemes Come From? 
Embodied Meaning 
Learning Strategy 
Imitation and Remotivation 
Semantic Coherence 
The Status of Phonesthemes in Morphology 
Phonetic Symbolism in Branding 


4 Onomatopoeia 
What Is Onomatopoeia? 
Revisiting the Definition of Onomatopoeia 
Onomatopoeia in Use 
Persuasive Speech 
Child Language and CDS 
Colloquial Speech and Slang 


5 Rhyme and Alliteration in Blends and Compounds 
Lexical Blends Revisited 
Reduplication in English 
Fully Reduplicated Compounds 
Affection and Intimacy 
Ablaut-Based Compounds 
Rhyming Compounds 
Productivity of Rhyming Compounds 
Children’s Speech and CDS 
Alliterating Compounds 
Rhyme with an Already Existing Compound 


6 Words, Words, Words: Rhyme and Repetition in Multi-word Expressions 
Idioms and Proverbs 

Slogans and Promotional Messages 
Presidential Inaugural Addresses 
Legal Language 


7 Conclusions: The Piggy in the Middle 
Back to Jakobson 
Word-Formation and Linguistic Theorizing 
Language Acquisition 
Language in Use 







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Fecha de publicación en Infoling:23 de mayo de 2020