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A role for onomatopoeia in early language: evidence from phonological development

Laing, Catherine 2019. A role for onomatopoeia in early language: evidence from phonological development. Language and Cognition 11 (2) , pp. 173-187. 10.1017/langcog.2018.23

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Onomatopoeia appear in high quantities in many infants’ earliest words, yet there is minimal research in this area. Instead, findings from the wider iconicity literature are generalised to include onomatopoeia, leading to the assumption that their iconic status makes them inherently learnable, thereby prompting their early production. In this review we bring together the literature on onomatopoeia specifically and iconicity more generally to consider infants’ acquisition from three perspectives: perception, production, and interaction. We consider these findings in relation to Imai and Kita’s (2014) ‘sound symbolism bootstrapping hypothesis’ to determine whether their framework can account for onomatopoeia alongside other iconic forms.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
ISSN: 1866-9808
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 19 November 2018
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 14:20

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