Gotta Name’em All: an Experimental Study on the Sound Symbolism of Pokémon Names in Brazilian Portuguese

Mahayana C. Godoy, Neemias Silva de Souza Filho, Juliana G.Marques de Souza, Hális A.N. França, Shigeto Kawahara

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Sound-symbolic patterns which relate to the perception of size were found to motivate the behavior of English and Japanese speakers in the naming of pre- and post-evolution Pokémon. The current study builds from this finding and investigates which sound-symbolic association speakers of Brazilian Portuguese (BP) employ to name Pokémon characters. Results from 3 experiments show that vowel quality, phonological length and voiced obstruents, usually used to signal differences in size, are used to signal differences in evolution; however, the effects of voiced obstruents are not identical to what was previously observed in the behavior of Japanese speakers. We argue that although there is a universal sound symbolism associated with these sounds and the perception of largeness, its manifestation differs cross-linguistically. To the best of our knowledge, this is one the first experimental research to investigate sound symbolism and the perception of size in BP.

元の言語English
ジャーナルJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
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出版物ステータスAccepted/In press - 2019 1 1

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Linguistics and Language

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Gotta Name’em All : an Experimental Study on the Sound Symbolism of Pokémon Names in Brazilian Portuguese. / Godoy, Mahayana C.; de Souza Filho, Neemias Silva; de Souza, Juliana G.Marques; França, Hális A.N.; Kawahara, Shigeto.

:: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 01.01.2019.

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Godoy, Mahayana C. ; de Souza Filho, Neemias Silva ; de Souza, Juliana G.Marques ; França, Hális A.N. ; Kawahara, Shigeto. / Gotta Name’em All : an Experimental Study on the Sound Symbolism of Pokémon Names in Brazilian Portuguese. :: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. 2019.
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