What's in a villain's name? Sound symbolic values of voiced obstruents and bilabial consonants

Ryoko Uno, Kazuko Shinohara, Yuta Hosokawa, Naho Atsumi, Gakuji Kumagai, Shigeto Kawahara

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This paper reports two case studies of sound symbolism using the naturalistic name corpora of characters from Disney and Pokémon. Building upon previous studies of sound symbolism, we tested two hypotheses: (1) voiced obstruents, which are generally associated with negative images, are favored in villainous characters' names, while (2) bilabial consonants, which are symbolically associated with cuteness, are disfavored in such names. The results show that these tendencies hold in our corpora, suggesting that a concept that is as complex as “villain” can be signaled via sound symbolism. Theoretical implications for cognitive linguistics based on our results are discussed.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)428-457
ページ数30
ジャーナルReview of Cognitive Linguistics
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DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2020 12 4
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 言語および言語学
  • 発達心理学および教育心理学
  • 言語学および言語

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