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.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)717-740
ページ数24
ジャーナルJournal of Psycholinguistic Research
49
5
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2020 10 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 言語および言語学
  • 実験心理学および認知心理学
  • 心理学(全般)
  • 言語学および言語

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