Thursday, 7 February 2019


We enjoyed very much indulging in this discussion on sound symbolism and phonosemantics that attempts to triangulate humans’ first vocalisations through the focus of what strikes as intuitive.
Though rarer in Western languages—though there’s zigzag, yo-yo, tick-tock, and Charivari to name a few examples—bearing structure and quality through words is universal and the opening exercise in the essay that consisted of choosing the traits that Japanese ideophones described was illustrative and immediately recalled these gourmet and phenomimic chocolates we encountered a few years back.