Monaghan, Padraic and Mattock, Karen and Walker, Peter (2012) The role of sound symbolism in language learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 38 (5). pp. 1152-1164. ISSN 0278-7393Full text not available from this repository.
Certain correspondences between the sound and meaning of words can be observed in subsets of the vocabulary. These sound-symbolic relationships have been suggested to result in easier language acquisition, but previous studies have explicitly tested effects of sound symbolism on learning category distinctions but not on word learning. In 2 word learning experiments, we varied the extent to which phonological properties related to a rounded–angular shape distinction and we distinguished learning of categories from learning of individual words. We found that sound symbolism resulted in an advantage for learning categories of sound-shape mappings but did not assist in learning individual word meanings. These results are consistent with the limited presence of sound symbolism in natural language. The results also provide a reinterpretation of the role of sound symbolism in language learning and language origins and a greater specification of the conditions under which sound symbolism proves advantageous for learning. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology|
|Deposited On:||15 May 2012 14:48|
|Last Modified:||24 Sep 2012 16:02|
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