Iconicity: East Meets West presents an intersection of East-West scholarship on Iconicity. Several of its chapters thus deal with Asian languages and cultures, or a comparison of world languages. Divided into four categories: general issues; sound symbolism and mimetics; iconicity in literary texts; and iconic motivation in grammar, the chapters show the diversity and dynamics of iconicity research, ranging from iconicity as a driving force in language structure and change, to the various uses of images, diagrams and metaphors at all levels of the literary text, in both narrative and poetic forms, as well as on all varieties of discourse, including the visual and the oral.
1. Preface and acknowledgements; 2. List of contributors; 3. Introduction: Ubiquity of Iconicity - East Meets West (by Hiraga, Masako K.); 4. General; 5. Three paradigms of iconicity research in language and literature (by Noth, Winfried); 6. Iconicity of logic - and the roots of "iconicity" concept (by Stjernfelt, Frederik); 7. Sound Meets Meaning; 8. Iconic inferences about personality: From sounds and shapes (by Kawahara, Shigeto); 9. Phonemes as images: An experimental inquiry into shape-sound symbolism applied to the distinctive features of French (by Nobile, Luca); 10. Synaesthetic sound iconicity: Phonosemantic associations between acoustic features of phonemes and emotional behavior (by Auracher, Jan); 11. What's in a mimetic?: On the dynamicity of its iconic stem (by Usuki, Takeshi); 12. Iconicity in the syntax and lexical semantics of sound-symbolic words in Japanese (by Toratani, Kiyoko); 13. A corpus-based semantic analysis of Japanese mimetic verbs (by Sugahara, Takashi); 14. Language Meets Literature; 15. Iconicity in translation: Two passages from a novel by Tobias Hill (by Cohen, Imogen); 16. The days pass ...: Iconicity and the experience of time (by Freadman, Anne); 17. Visual, auditory, and cognitive iconicity in written literature: The example of Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death" (by Ellestrom, Lars); 18. Don't read too much into the runes (by Conradie, C. Jac); 19. Grammar Meets Iconicity; 20. Iconicity in question: The case of 'optional' prepositions in Lithuanian (by De Penanros, Helene); 21. Rethinking diagrammatic iconicity from an evolutionary perspective (by Ohori, Toshio); 22. Author index; 23. Subject index
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