LINGUIST List 5.730

Fri 24 Jun 1994

Misc: Sound symbolism, Book prices

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  1. , Re: 5.606 Sound symbolism
  2. Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen, Book prices

Message 1: Re: 5.606 Sound symbolism

Date: Tue, 24 May 1994 16:22:24 Re: 5.606 Sound symbolism
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Subject: Re: 5.606 Sound symbolism

In addition to clang association, sound symbolism, and phonestheme,
terminology for the phenomenon includes morpho-semantic fields, root-
forming morphemes, ideophones, reduplicatives, homonemes, and lexico-
semantic categories. I've always thought it is an important study but
probably underdeveloped precisely because scholars with overlapping
interests don't always manage to wade through the terminological
quagmire. Householder speculated that up to 70% of the English lexicon
may be structured through these sub-morphemic units. Among the most
interesting recent publications are Lord and Chang in Journal of the
Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association 9 (1987) and Word 43 (1992) with
an analysis of the phenomenon in relation to the right radical in Chinese
as well as its connection to the ancient Chinese philological study of
sheng-xun--etymological investigation through the study of sound.
W. Terrence Gordon
Dept. of French
Dalhousie University
Halifax, N.S. Canada B3H 3J5
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Message 2: Book prices

Date: Mon, 13 Jun 1994 12:42:30 Book prices
From: Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen <>
Subject: Book prices

Recently, Penny Lee raised the question of who buys hardcover
versions of books. I sent the following reply to her, and she
suggested that I sent it to the List:

Thank you for raising the question of paperback and hardcover editions.
I can tell you that for years the Linguistics Library at the University
of Copenhagen has bought the paperback edition of volumes that appeared
in both a paperback and a hardcover version. Moreover, the price of some
books that appear only in hardcover version is now at a level where we
often have to give up buying the books even when they seem relevant. I
find it somewhat ironic that the books get more and more expensive while
we - not the publishers - do more and more of the work that goes into
making the books fit for publication (layout, machinereadable form).

Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen
University of Copenhagen
Njalsgade 80
DK-2300 Copenhagen S.
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