A Grammar of Iconism

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 399 pages
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Literary criticism often includes ad hoc comments about onomatopoeia, synaesthesia, or other forms of iconism. In A Grammar of Iconism, Earl Anderson discusses these phenomena systematically. According to Anderson, modern post-Saussurian linguistics has as its central tenet the arbitrariness of linguistic signs. Thus, linguistic elements that bear some relationship to their referent have been seen as marginal to the system of language, or at best similar in their arbitrariness to other linguistic signs. As an example of the latter, while most languages have an onomatopoeic element, different languages imitate sounds differently. Anderson argues against the standard view, provides a detailed critique of the negative arguments against iconism, and offers a positive typology that demonstrates the extensiveness and complexity of iconism in language.
 

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Contents

Iconism and Expressiveness
15
Historical Background
45
Empirical Foundations
68
The Linguistic Characteristics of Iconism
99
Onomatopoeia
129
Kinesthesia
167
Synaesthesia and Chromaesthesia
191
Phonaesthesia
224
Morphological Iconism
240
Syntactic Iconism
265
Inspiration Intentionality and Stylistic Differentiation
314
Glossary
331
Phonetic and Phonemic Transcription
343
Bibliography
345
Index
392
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Earl R. Anderson is professor of English and chair at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.

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