Releasing a preprint of mine and Mark’s upcoming chapter in the book Capturing Expressivity, which should be out sometime later this year hopefully. We talk about methods for conducting documentary linguistic research on ideophones, one of the absolute best things you could be doing with your life!
If you’re a human with hormones, at some point in your life you may find yourself wanting babies, which may also lead to you wanting to get pregnant. One thing you have to remember here is that your body and biology don’t give a shit about you! They are just trying to repopulate! So if you’re thinking about getting pregnant, and you care about you, read this first so you know what you’re getting yourself into (speaking to my future self here)! Also good reading/warning for partners of people who want to get pregnant.
Today I wanted to write about this cool new phenomenon that is becoming increasingly common in Japanese, which involves the compounding of pairs of ideophones, or of single ideophones with words from other classes. (Ideophones are like onomatopoeia on crack, see Dingemanse 2021 for a full definition)
Kimi Akita and Keiko Murasagi have written a very interesting paper on it in the journal Morphology, see the citation below:
Akita, K., Murasugi, K. Binomial adjective doublets in Japanese: A Relational Morphology account. Morphology 32, 281–297 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11525-022-09395-z
Starting with the article inspiring this post, you can find (and cite) it below:
Keränen, J. (2023). Cross-modal iconicity and indexicality in the production of lexical sensory and emotional signs in Finnish Sign Language. Cognitive Linguistics 34(3-4): 333-369. doi.org/10.1515/cog-2022-0070
You can read more about the fantastic workshop here, and find the abstract for my poster, which I worked on together with John Huisman, Arthur Thompson, and Youngah Do, below:
Top photo is of us and my mum (who tagged along) at Nakijin castle, one of the few surviving ruined castles of the Ryukyu Kingdom, and a UNESCO world heritage site!
More photos and highlights below:
You can find (and cite) it below:
McLean, B., Dunn, M., & Dingemanse, M. (2023). Two measures are better than one: Combining iconicity ratings and guessing experiments for a more nuanced picture of iconicity in the lexicon. Language and Cognition, 1-24. doi:10.1017/langcog.2023.9
If you want to know a little more about me, what got me into linguistics and, more importantly, iconicity (!) you can read my interview with Babel The Language Magazine.
Very excited to be going to ICHL25 in Oxford. The title of my talk will be ‘Form-meaning associations drive common patterns in language change’ 😀 You can read the abstract below: