Does My Word Sound Big?


Have we been overlooking sound symbolism? Recent studies have shown that humans connect certain sounds with sensory perceptions and thus, the sound of a word could hint at its meaning. This article addresses how the idea fits into theories on language and its origins.

“These cross-sensory connections may even open a window onto the first words ever uttered by our ancestors, giving us a glimpse of the earliest language and how it emerged.”

You can even try the theory out for yourself with an interactive test to identify the meanings of foreign words based on their sound.

(Via Maud Newton)

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →